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Bite Definition
To pierce the skin, especially with teeth or fangs. A bleeding cat scratch is considered a bite. Any contact with a bat or bats is considered a bite.

Who Gets Bit
Children make up more than 60% of all dog bite victims. The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates more than 50% of all children 12 and younger have been bitten by a dog. High risk individuals are the elderly and home service people like mail carriers and meter readers.

Pet Ownership / Pet Selection

Before selecting a pet, ask your veterinarian about behavior and suitability.

Socialize Your pet
When your dog is a puppy, expose him or her to a variety of social situations which include people and animals. Make sure each of these outings are under controlled circumstances and done a little at a time. Continue exposing your dog to social situations through out its' life. Don't put your dog in a position where it feels uncomfortable, this includes teasing or threatening environments. Recognize how your dog responds in situations. This will help you identify when your dog is uncomfortable or feeling aggressive.

Train your dog
Train your dog the basic commands of "sit," "stay," "no," and "come". This will build trust between pets and people. Avoid games like tug-of-war and wrestling. These games encourage aggressive behavior.

Keep your Pet Healthy
Vaccinate your dog or cat against rabies by a licensed veterinarian. In the state of Florida, a rabies vaccine must be given at 4 months of age but can be vaccinated at 3 months of age. This vaccine expires in one year. Then the dog or cat must be revaccinated with either a one, two or three year rabies vaccine. Follow your veterinarian's advice on a vaccination schedule.

Neuter Uour Pet
Neutered pets are less likely to bite: That's a fact! Not only does neutering create a less aggressive animal, it also prevents pet over-population. Two positive outcomes with just one action!

Train your dog
An animal under physical control, is an animal under mental control. The law states all animals must be leashed at all times when off the property of the animal owner. In Brevard County, at large is defined as off the premises of the owner, and not under the physical control of a leash, cord or chain of sufficient strength to control the animal not to exceed six (6) feet in length. If you love your pet, leash your pet!
Bite Prevention
Children are the victims to more than 60% of all bites. To make our children safe, these rules should be followed. NEVER leave a baby or small child alone with a dog. Be aware of potentially dangerous situations. Start teaching your children at young ages the following "Stay Safe Rules"

Things to do to communicate you are a friend to a dog:
If a dog charges at you:
If you fall when a dog charges you:
If your dog bites someone:
If you are the bite victim:

Brevard Animal Services

2725 Judge Fran Jamieson Way
Building A, Room 119
Viera, FL 32940-6605
Director : Karla Torpy
Customer Service: 321-633-2024
Admin Phone: 321-633-2105
Fax: 321-633-2011

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(For Non-Emergencies)

Officer Assistance: 321-633-2024
Daily 8AM - 5PM
After hours emergency contact local law enforcement

South Animal Care Center

5100 West Eau Gallie Blvd
Melbourne, Fl 32935

Phone: 321-253-6608
Fax: 321-253-6623
Open Daily 12 PM - 6PM
Closed Wednesday

North Animal Care Center

2605 Flake Road
Titusville, Fl 32980

Phone: 321-264-5119
Fax: 321-264-5066
Open Daily 12 PM - 6PM
Closed Wednesday

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