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​​Rabies​​​

Public health inspectors investigate all cases where an animal has been in contact with a person.

If any animal, such as a raccoon, fox, dog, cat or bat, bites or scratches you, wash the wound with soap and water, get medical attention right away, and contact the Brant County Health Unit 519-753- 4937 ext. 470. We will investigate the exposure and advise you on your next steps.

Try to collect as much information as possible about the animal you were in contact with (e.g., location, owner information, phone number, address and type of animal).

If the animal has died, and you were in contact with it, we still want to hear from you. Please contact the Brant County Health Unit 519-753- 4937 ext. 470. We will arrange the removal and testing of the animal.

The Brant County Health Unit is not responsible for removing dead animals with no known human contact from a private or public property.

Should you find a bat at home:

    • If no one was in direct contact with this bat, release the bat outdoors.
    • If anyone was in direct contact with this bat and you have captured it, save the bat and call the Brant County Health Unit.

If you think your pet or livestock has been in contact with a rabid animal or dead animal, contact your veterinarian.

If you suspect an animal is rabid, and it has not been in direct contact with any person, please report the animal to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Rabies Hotline: 1-888-574-6656.

  • In the case of stray dogs or sick and injured cats within the city of Brantford, call Brant County SPCA: 519-756-6620.
  • For animals in the County of Brant, call Hillside Kennels Animal Control: 1-88-469-3247 or 519-469-3247 or 519-536-0010.

While the risk to the public remains low, the following steps must be taken to reduce the spread of this virus:

  • Keep your pets and livestock rabies vaccinations up to date. It's the law.
  • Stay away from and do not touch unfamiliar animals.
  • Keep pets away from wildlife.
  • Supervise children when they are around animals.
  • Do not let pets roam free.
  • Feed pets indoors. Feeding pets outdoors can attract other unwanted animals.
  • Report all incidents where rabies may have been transmitted as well as potentially rabid animals as outlined above.

Environmental Health
519-753-4937 ext. 470

Brant County Hillside Kennels 

Toll Free 1-888-469-3247

Local 519-469-3247

Cell Phone 519-536-0010

City of Brantford SPCA

519-756-6620

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Rabies Hotline

1-888-574-6656

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food 

1-877-424-1300