How to Call and Report a Dog Bite Attack in San Francisco County


If you or someone you love has been injured in a San Francisco dog bite attack, you suddenly face a situation where you have a lot of things to handle. One of them is to report the dog bite to the appropriate authorities so that proper steps can be taken to curtail any future risk that the animal in question could present.

Unfortunately, it’s not always clear as to whom you should contact to file such a report. Fortunately, it’s a relatively straightforward question when it comes to reporting a San Francisco dog bite, as San Francisco is what is known as a consolidated city-county. What does that mean? It means that, with respect to San Francisco specifically, the city and county exist simultaneously in the same geographic area, and that the territory essentially operates as a city. San Francisco is the only consolidated city-county area in all of California.

This consolidation dates back to 1856, when state leaders at the time were still drawing county maps. In essence, early in that year, San Mateo County was formed on the southern portion of what had been San Francisco County, and the city reincorporated to fall in line with the new borders of the county.

What does that all mean as it relates to San Francisco dog bite attacks? It means that if this has happened to you, one authority serves the entire county. If you need to file a report, use the information below:

San Francisco Animal Care & Control

Serving the following communities:

  • Belvedere
  • Corte Madera
  • Fairfax
  • Larkspur
  • Mill Valley
  • Novato
  • Ross
  • San Anselmo
  • San Rafael
  • Sausalito
  • Tiburon

Phone/Email Contact Information:

Hours of Operation:

  • Animal Control Officers are available between 6:00 a.m. and 12:00 a.m.
  • During off hours, contact the Marin County Sheriff’s Department at (415) 332-5422.

Those who are injured as a result of a dog bite or attack are encouraged to fill out the form found here (also listed above).


General Considerations

In general, if you’ve been bitten by a dog and injured, you need to report it immediately. You should also seek medical attention even if you do not think you are seriously injured. For serious injuries and emergencies, call 911 to alert first responders to your situation. In other instances, use the above information for reporting. You can always reach out to one of our Northern and Bay Area California Dog Bite Lawyers for assistance.