Depending upon the circumstances of exposure, Cedar Rapids Animal Care & Control may allow animal owners to conduct in-home quarantines, but can mandate out-of-the-home quarantines as well. Some of the factors used to determine which type of quarantine is mandated include, but are not limited to:
- Animal’s rabies vaccinations are current
- Owners are cooperative and seem trustworthy
- Owners have the ability to confine animal to the property to prevent escape or exposure to other humans or animals. Such as leash control or fenced yard.
At the end of a 10-day quarantine, the owners are asked schedule a veterinary visit so that the veterinarian can verify that the animal is alive and is not showing symptoms that could be consistent with rabies.
Depending on circumstances of exposure, Cedar Rapids Animal Care & Control may mandate an out-of-home quarantine. Some of the factors used to determine which type of quarantine is mandated include, but are not limited to:
- Not current on rabies vaccinations
- Owners are not cooperative
- Owners do not have the ability to satisfactorily confine the animal
Out-of-the-home quarantines usually require that the animal be housed in one of the following ways:
- At the Cedar Rapids Animal Care & Control Center, or
- At a local veterinary clinic.
Expenses related to the quarantine and/or testing of owned animals are the responsibility of the animal owner.
Procedures for who should report a bite and how to go about doing so are outlined in a letter from the Linn County Public Health along with a copy of the report form that should be used and faxed to the appropriate agent. You can download those documents here:
Animal Bite/Bat Report
Linn County Bite/Bat Exposure Reporting Letter