618.17   ANIMAL BITES; REPORTS AND QUARANTINE.
   (a)   Whenever any person is bitten by a dog or other animal, report of such bite shall be made to the Cuyahoga County Board of Health within 24 hours of the incident. The animal shall then be quarantined under an order of the Cuyahoga County Board of Health for a period of not less than ten days. The animal shall be quarantined by its owner or harborer, or shall be quarantined in a pound or kennel, if necessary. In all cases, such quarantine shall be under the supervision of the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and shall be at the expense of the owner or harborer. Quarantine shall continue until the Cuyahoga Board of Health or a veterinarian has observed the animal for clinical signs of rabies. If at any time during the quarantine, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health requires the animal to be examined for symptoms of rabies, then the examination shall be by a licensed veterinarian. The veterinarian shall report the Cuyahoga County Board of Health the conclusions reached as a result of the examination. The examination by a veterinarian shall be at the expense of the owner or harborer. No animal shall be released from the required quarantine unless and until it has been properly vaccinated against rabies or until proof of a current rabies vaccination has been provided.
   No person shall fail to comply with the requirements of this section or with any order of the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, the Director of Public Safety or the animal control officer made pursuant thereto, nor fail to immediately report to the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and Director of Public Safety any symptoms or behavior suggestive of rabies.
   (b)   Whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.
(Ord. 2019-3.  Passed 2-11-19.)