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10. Rabies and Animal Bites


10-1001. Reporting.
10-1002. Control.

10-1001. Reporting. Anyone having knowledge or reason to believe that any animal in the City has bitten a person shall report within twenty-four (24) hours, so far as is known, the name and address of the owner and circumstances of the animal. Such report concerning bites shall be made to the Police Department. (1996 Code, § 10-1201)

10-1002. Control.
(1) Whenever any domesticated animal has bitten a person, it shall be confined in such place as the Police Department may direct and for such period of observation as may be necessary, unless such animal is too vicious and dangerous to be impounded safely, in which case it may be killed and head shipped to the state laboratory for rabies examination.
(2) Whenever a wild animal has bitten a person, it shall be killed, avoiding damage to the head (brain) area, and shipped to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Knoxville Branch Rabies Laboratory, under refrigeration, but not frozen, for rabies examination. (Ord. #2011-021, Dec. 2011)

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