If you are bitten by a dog or cat you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. All dog and cat bites should be reported immediately to the City of Winnipeg Animal Services Agency at 311.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Under the Responsible Pet Ownership By-law dogs or cats that bite shall be placed in quarantine and kept for no less than 10 days, commencing from the date of the bite. In most cases, the dog/cat would be returned to its owner after the quarantine period has expired if the animal appears in good health.
- No - the Responsible Pet Ownership By-law requires you to quarantine your dog at the Animal Services Agency or at a veterinary clinic located in Winnipeg. Cats must be quarantined at a veterinary clinic located within Winnipeg.
- If an owner does not voluntarily surrender their dog/cat for quarantine, an order to seize and impound the dog/cat will be issued by a Provincial Judge.
- The authority of our Animal Services Officers to provide animal control services within the City of Winnipeg falls under the City of Winnipeg Charter, the Responsible Pet Ownership By-law and the Province of Manitoba Summary Convictions Act.
- All fees are listed on the Animal Services Fee Listing webpage
- Rabies vaccinations do not 100% guarantee your dog or cat will not contract rabies. The quarantining of cats and dogs is for the protection of public health.
The Responsible Pet Ownership By-law states that all cats and all dogs within the City of Winnipeg must be vaccinated. In Manitoba, including the City of Winnipeg, rabies is found in wildlife, particularly skunk and fox. If you have any concerns about the health of your pet, contact your veterinarian immediately.
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- If your dog/cat has been attacked by another dog/cat you should gather as much information as possible including: animal description, owner description, owner address, and owner vehicle description and license plate number if you are unsure of the owner's address. Witness information is also helpful. Call the Animal Services Agency at 311 to file a report. Under the Responsible Pet Ownership By-law, dog and cat owners must ensure their pet does not bite, wound or otherwise injure any individual or animal.
- If your dog/cat has been attacked by another dog/cat, you should call the Animal Services Agency at 311 to file a report. Under the Responsible Pet Ownership By-law, dog and cat owners must ensure their pet does not bite, wound or otherwise injure any individual or animal.
- No - only in incidents where a human is bitten is a mandatory quarantine period required.