If I get bit by an animal what should I do?

If you feel the bite is serious, seek medical attention immediately. Whether you go to a doctor’s office or the hospital emergency room, they will contact Animal Control to report the bite and an Animal Control Officer will be dispatched immediately. If you do not seek medical attention you may call Animal Control at 575-439-4330 and an Officer will be dispatched.


The Officer will locate the animal and verify whether it has a current rabies vaccination. If the animal does not have current vaccinations it will be impounded and quarantined for 10 days. You will be informed if anything out of the ordinary is observed during the quarantine period. You will also be contacted by an Officer approximately 10 days after the bite during a follow up to ensure that you are recovering satisfactorily.

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1. We can no longer care for our family pet. What options are available to us?
2. My pet got out of my yard and was picked up by Animal Control. What do I need to do to recover my pet?
3. My pet lost its collar along with its tags. Can I get replacement tags?
4. I was just told that my pet needs a city license. Is this true and if so why?
5. My friend told me that my cat had to be on a leash whenever I let it go outside. Is this true?
6. Pigeons keep coming into my yard and eating my pet’s food. They are becoming a nuisance, can you help?
7. My pet passed away last night. What should I do with the remains?
8. Our neighbor’s dog barks constantly. Is there any way to resolve this problem?
9. My neighbor’s dog is chained up in the backyard. I never see him feed his dog and I am constantly giving the dog water. What should I do?
10. If I get bit by an animal what should I do?