Dog bites, as well as other incidents involving aggressive cats and dogs, must be reported immediately to The City of Calgary Animal & Bylaw Services. To report an aggressive cat or dog, call 3-1-1 or (403) 268-CITY (2489) if calling from outside Calgary. Please be prepared to provide the following information regarding the dog bite incident:
- Your name, address, and home and business telephone numbers
- The location, date and time of the incident
- The current location of the dog that bit you or your pet, if known
- Brief details of the incident, including names and telephone numbers of any witnesses
- The dog's breed, size and colour.
- Any identifying features of the dog, such as collars or markings
- Where the dog lives and/or who the owner is, if known
To aid 3-1-1 and assist Animal & Bylaw Services staff to respond faster, please be ready to describe your complaint briefly and concisely. This information will remain confidential. No anonymous complaints will be accepted - you must identify yourself to the 3-1-1 call-taker.
If your dog has bitten someone, we encourage you to be as cooperative as possible with the person who was bitten. Sharing your name, contact information and information about your dog will facilitate any investigation that The City requires.
If you are bitten by a dog
If you or someone you know is bitten by a dog, seek medical attention immediately to ensure the injury is properly cared for.
- Disinfect the wound by washing with soap and water
- Loosely cover the bite with gauze
- See a doctor as soon as possible
- Ask the doctor if a tetanus injection is needed
For more information on preventing dog bites, please visit Dog Bite Prevention, responsible dog ownership, or review the Dog Bite Prevention Brochure.