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Animal Control: General Services

  • Rabies control and bite investigations in the City and County.

  • Resolution of routine nuisance animal complaints. Nuisance Animal Information.

  • Patrols for stray, nuisance or dangerous animals.

  • Educational efforts to inform and encourage owners to provide humane care and control for their pets.

  • Investigations of allegations of neglect and/or cruelty to animals, and the rescue of animals in immediate distress, including preparation and presentation of animal custody cases before the court.

  • Investigation of Dangerous Animal Petitions submitted by the public to the County. ( Petition for Classification of a Dangerous or Aggressive Animal  )

  • Conduct Sufficient Cause Hearings and Dangerous Animal Classification Hearings for animals petitioned against by citizens of the County. Current classified animals:  Classified Dangerous and Aggressive Animals

  • Coordination of responses to livestock calls with the Sheriff's Department.

  • Humane live trapping of nuisance domestic animals. Trap Request and Agreement Form

  • Assistance to law enforcement and other agencies regarding animal-related issues.

  • Impoundment, and temporary housing and care, of animals in violation of animal care and control laws which are found by Officers or turned in by citizens.

  • Extra patrols of problem areas, school bus stops, playgrounds, schools, and other public areas for uncontrolled animals.

  • Enforcement of local and state laws related to animal care and control through warnings, education, and citations.

  • Represent the County in court on animal-related matters.

  • Transportation of animals to safe shelter for owners fleeing domestic violence.

  • Short-term care of animals impounded when their owners are arrested or are involved in vehicle accidents or other crisis situations.

  • Coordination and administration of the County's Animal Disaster Relief Plan, including the rescue and care of animals involved in man-made and natural disasters.