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ANIMAL SERVICES FUNCTIONS ARE CURRENTLY LIMITED TO ESSENTIAL SERVICES ONLY. PROVISION OF NON-ESSENTIAL SERVICES WILL BE MODIFIED OR DEFERRED UNTIL THE RESUMPTION OF NORMAL OPERATIONAL STATUS.

For details regarding specific services and their availability, please refer to our "Services Offered" page.  

 

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Animal Welfare and Abuse Investigations

What is the process?

Step 1: Report to Animal Services

Allegations of animal abuse or neglect should be reported directly to animal services. Abuse or neglect situations representing serious and immediate risks to the life or welfare of an animal outside of Animal Services' normal business hours can be reported by calling 911.

When making a report of animal abuse or neglect, it is important to provide as much information and detail as possible. In particular, a specific description of the event or circumstances, addresses or detailed locations, and names or descriptions of witnesses and individuals involved. A successful outcome to these situations often depends on the ability of responding officers to contact the reporting parties for follow up information and inquiries. For that reason, it is also important that you provide your name and contact information when filing a report.

Who can use this service?

Anyone can use this service.

Is there a charge for this service?

This service is provided free of charge.

When and where is this service offered?

Reports of abuse or welfare concerns which do not represent an immediate risk of serious injury or death to an animal are handled during regular business hours.

However, animal control officers are available to respond to animal related emergencies 24 hours a day. To report an emergency abuse or welfare concern outside of normal business hours, contact 911.


 

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