Animal Control Division


The primary focus of animal control activities is dogs and the enforcement of state laws and regulations relating to animals. This division is also tasked with enforcing the County Public Nuisance Ordinance, and the Potentially Dangerous and Vicious Dog Ordinance, which includes dog licensing requirements. Animal Control Officers pick up and impound unlicensed dogs on public property or private property at the request of property owners. They pick up and impound or contact owners of unconfined large animals and remove livestock from public roadways. They humanely trap or assist property owners by lending live traps so dogs that cannot otherwise be handled can be impounded. They investigate complaints of dogs chasing vehicles or livestock, biting and otherwise causing a nuisance. Animal Control Officers compile reports and information, present evidence at hearings and prosecutions involving violations of animal control or humane laws. They meet with groups to instruct on proper handling of animals and patrol City and County roadways for leash law violations.