Animal Bites & Zoonotic Diseases

Animal Bites

Ohio State law requires that owners of animals that have been involved in a bite follow specific rules. The following documents will help you properly adhere to these laws by providing you with the needed information.

When an animal bites, an Animal Bite Reporting Form is completed and forwarded to the health department for investigation.

Once the report is received a letter is sent to the owner(s) of the animal outlining what is expected of them and a Veterinarian Release Form that must be completed by the veterinarian to certify the animal is healthy.

A person bitten by an animal other than a dog, cat or ferret should notify the Seneca County General Health District immediately at (419) 447-3691 ext. 6321, to report the bite.

Zoonotic Diseases

Zoonotic diseases are transmitted to humans from animals, mosquitoes, ticks, and other vectors. Ohio Department of Health's Zoonotic Disease Program is designed to educate, prevent, & control those diseases.


(OAC) 3701-3-29  Protocol for Dog or Cat Potentially Exposed to Rabid Animal

Ohio Tick Surveillance 2020

According to the Ohio Department of Health, the number of tick-borne diseases have increased. The ODH Zoonotic Disease Program will be monitoring, and testing tick submissions that are sent to the ODH Lab through the end of 2020. 

If you find a tick on a family member, yourself, or a pet, you can bring the tick to the Environmental Health Division at SCGHD and we will submit the tick to the ODH Lab for species identification.

Department Info
Hours of Operation

71 South Washington Street

Suite 1102

Tiffin, OH 44883

(419) 447-3691 ext. 6321

Environmental Health Division

Seneca County General Health District

71 South Washington Street

Suite 1102

Tiffin, OH 44883

Monday - Friday 

8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

© 2018 Seneca County General Health District 

71 South Washington St. Suite 1102 Tiffin, OH 44883

In the event of a public health emergency* the Seneca County General Health District can be contacted at anytime.

During regular business hours please call (419) 447-3691.

Regular business hours are Monday - Friday.

Nursing & Vital Statistics: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Environmental: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

WIC: M-W 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Thu. 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Fri. 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

After business hours, weekends, and holidays please contact the SCGHD Health Commissioner via the Seneca County Sheriff's Office at (419) 447-3456


*A public health emergency includes Class A reportable disease, foodborne illness, and bioterrorism event.  

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