Animal Bite Reporting

Potential Animal to Human Exposure

It is the legal responsibility of physicians, healthcare practitioners, and veterinarians to report any known animal bites or skin abrasions caused by companion or wild animals to the respective animal control center serving Linn County (Linn County Code of Ordinances Chapter 6. Article II - ANIMAL CONTROL).

REPORTING FLOW CHART (PDF)

STEP 1: COMPLETING THE APPLICABLE FORM

Physicians, healthcare practitioners, and veterinarians should complete the following form (Dated 1/28/2018) 

STEP 2: SUBMITTING THE FORM (Do not submit to Linn County Public Health)

If the owner resides in Cedar Rapids or Marion, submit the form to the applicable municipal authority below.

  • City of Cedar Rapids: CR Animal Care and Control, Phone: 286-5993, Fax: 294-6629        
  • City of Marion: Marion Police Department, Phone: 377-1511, Fax: 200-4143

If the owner resides elsewhere in Linn County, submit the form to:

  • Cedar Valley Humane Society Phone: 362-6288 Fax: 365-8270

If the owner resides in another county in Iowa see https://idph.iowa.gov/rabies/information-for-providers for statewide points of contact. 

If the owner is not known (including wild or feral), use the address of bite/bat exposure.

REPORTING POTENTIAL ANIMAL TO ANIMAL BITES

It is the legal responsibility for "Every veterinarian shall report to the Health Officer the name and address of the owner of any animals treated for bites inflicted by another animal." Linn County Public Health has prepared the Animal-on-Animal Bite Report Form (PDF) that should be submitted to the Animal Control Agency.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

For additional information about rabies, visit the Iowa Department of Public Health website.

On January 23, 2018, the Linn County Animal Bite/Bat Exposure Record was updated and a reporting flowchart was created to be used in conjunction with the form. Letters were sent to healthcare providers and veterinarians in Linn County on April 26, 2018.