Whenever any animal bites a person, such person and the owner of the animal shall immediately notify the animal control officer, who shall arrange for quarantine of the animal to be made and shall order the animal to be held on the owner's premises or shall have it impounded at the pound or at the veterinary hospital at the owner's expense as long as necessary for a complete examination or for the length of the quarantine, which will not be less than ten (10) days. Livestock shall be confined and quarantined for the fourteen (14) day period in a manner regulated by the Arizona department of agriculture. Caged or pet rodents or rabbits shall not be quarantined or laboratory tested. If it is determined that the animal is infected with rabies or any other dangerous, infectious or contagious disease, it shall be the duty of the animal control officer to destroy the animal. If, at the end of the quarantine or impoundment, it is determined that the animal is free from such disease, the animal shall be released and the owner will assume all the costs related to the quarantine or impoundment. If the animal dies during the period of quarantine or impoundment, its head shall be sent to the state department of health for examination. Any wild animals, with the exception of wild rodents or rabbits, which bite any person may be killed and submitted to the animal control officer for transmission to an appropriate diagnostic laboratory. A wild rodent or rabbit may be submitted for laboratory testing if the animal has bitten a person and either the animal's health or behavior indicates that the animal may have rabies or the bite occurred in an area that contains a rabies epizootic as determined by the department of health services. (Ord. 119, 2-25-1997)