Any animal that has bitten a person is required by law to be quarantined for a 10-day rabies observation period. Even if the animal is current with rabies vaccination, the animal must still be quarantined and observed. MACC determines if the quarantine will occur at the pet's home or at the shelter. The owner is responsible for paying for all fees incurred during quarantine at the shelter.
If your animal is quarantined at the MACC shelter it will be housed in a restricted area to ensure the safety of not only them, but also of the public, our staff and other animals in the shelter. MACC will make every effort to allow owners to have brief visits with their quarantined animals as long as the following policies are adhered to:
- Only the legal owner of the animal is allowed to visit the animal.
- No children are allowed in the restricted area.
- Owners may not enter the kennel or have physical contact with the animal.
- No photography is allowed in the restricted area.
- No Cell phones, Cameras or other recording devices are allowed in restricted areas and are strictly prohibited. All cell phones, cameras and other recording devices must be left in the owner's vehicle. Staff is not permitted to hold items for individuals. Violators will be removed from the premises and prohibited from visiting in the future.
- No bags, purses or other items shall be allowed in restricted areas of the facility.
- No unsupervised visits are permitted. A staff member will accompany the owner and be present during the entire visit.
- Visits are limited to 5 minutes.
Whenever possible MACC will allow visits the following days and times:
- Monday thru Thursdays: 3:00 to 4:00 pm
- There are no visiting hours Friday - Sunday
Due to emergencies, disease prevention, staffing or other unforeseen issues, MACC reserves the right to modify or eliminate these dates and/or times at any time without prior notification.
What is Rabies?
Rabies is a deadly disease that attacks the nervous system. The virus lives in the saliva of infected animals. Rabies is fatal once it reaches the brain. The rabies virus only infects mammals, which puts pets, livestock, wildlife, and people at risk.
How is Rabies Spread?
The rabies virus is spread mainly through bites from infected animals. The disease can also be spread when infected saliva comes in contact with open wounds, skin breaks, or mucous membranes. Most often, domestic animals such as dogs, cats, and farm animals pick up the virus from wild or stray animals. The animals most commonly affected include raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes.
How to Protect Yourself and Your Family
Avoid contact with all wild animals. Never feed a wild animal or take it into your house. Stay away from strays and other people’s pets. Report strays to MACC.
How to Protect Your Pets
Have your pets vaccinated. See your veterinarian for information about rabies immunizations and required booster shots. If you can’t afford vaccinations, many areas have clinics that offer free shots for pets.
Never feed pets outdoors and confine them to your property.
Act on any attack or dog bite suffered by your pet. Immediately contact your veterinarian and MACC.
The Signs of Rabies
Dumb Rabies - The animal may become shy or hide. This may be followed by sluggishness, confusion, and depression.
Furious Rabies - The animal may become excitable and aggressive. It can go from being confused and calm to immediately attacking.
Other signs include:
- Daytime activity in animals normally active at night
- Staggering, weakness, and paralysis
- A change in the sound of the animal’s voice
- Inability to eat or drink
Last updated Oct 4, 2018