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What if it’s your pet that bites someone? The best thing to do is to share your name and phone number so that if the person bitten goes to have the bite checked, Animal Control can make sure your pet is healthy and vaccinated. If you don’t want to share your information, another option is to report the bite to the Health Department directly and we can match it up to the bite reports that come in.
The big question - What happens to my pet now, are they in trouble? No, they are not in “trouble” but the Health Department does need to make sure they are healthy and vaccinated for rabies. Your pet will be put on a 10 day quarantine that you can do at home. The pet can play with family members and go out in the yard, but must be on a leash or within a fenced area; public activities should be postponed. They will also need to go to the vet to make sure they are healthy and the vet will complete a form that gets turned in; if the pet’s rabies vaccine is not up to date they will need to get one.
If you have questions or don’t know what to do, give us a call 301-600-1717.
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Contact Animal Control at 301-600-1544. For questions regarding post-exposure rabies vaccinations, contact your physician, FHH Emergency Department at 240-566-3500 or the Community Health Services Division of the Health Department at 301-600-3342.
Burn permits may be applied for online as well as in person at the Frederick County Health Department. More information regarding burn permits can be obtained by calling 301-600-1717.
Deer located along a county road will be removed by the County Highway Authority. Deer located along a state road will be removed by the State Highway Administration. Disposal of dead deer located on private property is the responsibility of the property owner.
All renter concerns should be addressed with the Frederick County Code Enforcement Office at 301-600-3531.
Complaints within the city limits of Frederick are handled by the City of Frederick’s Code Enforcement Office. They can be reached at 301-600-3825. Complaints within the town limits of Thurmont, Emmitsburg, Brunswick, and Walkersville are handled by each town office.
There is no tall grass ordinance currently for Frederick County. Tall grass complaints due to safety concerns can be forwarded to the Fire Marshal's Office.
The Frederick County Health Department requires a written statement from the complainant about the problem. This can be sent via mail, email, or fax. The written statement should include your name, your address, your telephone number, the address of the property being complained about and a statement of the problem. For more information regarding trash or other nuisance complaints contact Community Services at 301-600-1717.