Many states require that animal control authorities be notified of animal bites. Even if your state law does not require you to report animal bites, you may wish to call animal control to report the bite. They can help you determine whether the animal that bit you:
Has been properly vaccinated.
Needs to be observed for signs of illness. A healthy pet that has bitten someone should be confined and observed for 10 days to see whether it develops symptoms of rabies.
Is a rabies carrier in your area and whether you need to be vaccinated to prevent rabies.
Is a danger to others.
If you are unable to find a phone number for animal control in the front pages of the telephone book, contact the police or sheriff's office for the number.