All animal bites, whether from a household pet or a wild animal, should be reported immediately by calling (972) 617-7632 or after hours at (972) 775-3333. The Animal Control Department is charged with recording all incidents of animal bites in the city. The animal control office can assist you in locating the animal that caused the bite. It is important to know which animal caused the bite because it must be quarantined for observation.
Rabies is a disease caused by a virus carried by infected animals. Wild animals such as skunks, bats, raccoons, foxes, and coyotes are the most common carriers of rabies. Wild animals may infect a household pet with rabies, therefore care should be taken to avoid situations where your pet and a wild animal may meet. All dogs and cats in the city are required by state law to be vaccinated against rabies.