Quarantine procedures do not apply to wildlife. However, most wildlife including raccoons, foxes, bobcats, bats and skunks may be tested if they bite or are suspected of exposing humans or domestic pets to the potential transmission of rabies. If the wild animal cannot be located for testing after a bite or exposure to a human, or the animal is deemed unsatisfactory for testing, we strongly recommend you contact your physician and local Health Department immediately for information on receiving post-exposure treatment.
If a domestic animal is exposed to a suspected rabid wild animal, the following protocol may apply:
Pursuant to Florida Administrative Code, domestic pets that are currently vaccinated against rabies, are subject to a 45-day quarantine. In most cases, such quarantines may be conducted at the owner's home. The pet must be revaccinated immediately going into quarantine. Officers will check back periodically to ensure that the animal is properly quarantined and still appears healthy. If the quarantine is completed successfully, Animal Control staff will contact the owner at the end of the 45-day period to release the animal from quarantine.
Pursuant to Florida Administrative Code, unvaccinated domestic pets (or pets whose owners are unable to produce documentation of a current rabies vaccination for their animal) are subject to a 180-day quarantine. In most cases, such quarantines may be conducted at the owner's home. The exposed animal should either be vaccinated upon entry into quarantine OR 30 days before being released from quarantine to comply with pre-exposure vaccination recommendations. If a domestic pet is designated unvaccinated because they are overdue for vaccination at the time of exposure, the animal should be boosted immediately on entry into the 180-day quarantine. Animal Control staff will contact the owner at the end of the 180-day period to release the animal from quarantine.
In both cases, quarantines are strictly enforced. Home quarantines are not an owner's right, but a courtesy extended to responsible pet owners. If quarantine is needed at an alternate approved location other than the owner's home, the owner will be responsible for any and all associated cost.