Columbia County Courthouse

230 Strand Street, St. Helens, OR 97051 • Phone: (503) 397-7210 • Toll Free: (888) 397-7210

Columbia County

Public Health


A report must be submitted to Columbia County if a mammal bites a human being and the bite causes a break in the skin.

Call 503-397-7247 if an animal bites you or if you have direct knowledge that animal bit another person. Reporting is required by Oregon law. ORS 433.345; OAR 333-018-0015.

If you suspect an animal has rabies, or if you or your pet has been in close contact with an animal suspected of rabies, call 503-397-7247.

Seek medical attention if you are bitten by an animal and it there is a break in the skin.


Confinement and observation of animals following a bite

An animal that bites a human and breaks the skin must be confined and observed to ensure there are no symptoms of rabies. Animals shall be confined and observed for 10 days from the date of the bite. Columbia County Animal Control and Public Health will determine the appropriate place for observation and confinement.


Management of possibly rabid animals that have not bitten a human

Animals that have not bitten a human, but are suspected of having rabies, or have been in close contact with another animal suspected of having rabies, will be managed according to OAR 33-019-0027.


Prevention of Rabies

Vaccination of pets is the best way to prevent rabies. Dogs must be immunized against rabies by six months unless exempt under OAR 333-019-0017.