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


Suffering through a dog bite attack is a traumatic experience for everyone who endures it. If you or a loved one has been forced to experience a dog bite attack in San Mateo County, you need to take immediate steps to protect yourself in every context. One of those responses should be to contact the appropriate authorities to report the incident.

The trouble with that is that it’s not always clear whom to contact.


Below you’ll find the information you need for all 20 incorporated communities in San Mateo County.

The Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA

Serving the following communities:

  • Atherton
  • Belmont
  • Brisbane
  • Burlingame
  • Colma
  • Daly City
  • East Palo Alto
  • Foster City
  • Half Moon Bay
  • Hillsborough
  • Menlo Park
  • Millbrae
  • Pacifica
  • Portola Valley
  • Redwood City
  • San Bruno
  • San Carlos
  • San Mateo
  • South San Francisco
  • Woodside

Phone/Email Contact Information:

  • Phone: For matters that need a response from our Animal Rescue & Control department, please call our Dispatch at (650) 340-8200. Outside those hours, please call San Mateo County at (650) 363-4953.
  • Email: Animal bite reports, police reports, or photographs of animal bites or animal-related violations may be emailed to Please indicate the address or case to which they’re related.
    Hours of Operation:

    • Weekdays: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    • Weekends and Holidays: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


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 California and Bay Area Dog Bite Lawyers for assistance.