Effective January 1, 2016 Direct Point
Chaining of Dogs or the tethering of dogs to a stationary object is
prohibited per Ordinance 2015-974 adopted on August 13, 2015 regarding
amendment to Title 3 Chapter 2, Dogs and Cats.
For specific details on allowable
restraint options as stated in the Ordinance please
click here or contact Animal
Control at 684-6552.
In addition a complete
copy of the Ordinance is available at City Hall.
Pet Adoption Information
The Animal Control Section
consists of certified animal control officers. They are
responsible for responding to all incoming calls of lost, stray,
vicious, and injured animals.
While most of the calls are for domestic
animals, there are calls from time to time for animals running
of a more
exotic nature. There have even been a few calls for cows,
horses, pigs, and turkeys.
The animal control officers patrol the city
enforcing City ordinances and State laws related to animal control. The
animal control officers also participate in the community by providing
animal safety talks to children throughout the city.
Our primary goal is the prevention and eradication
of rabies by education of the public
concerning local and state laws,
promoting animal owner responsibility, and by protecting the public
from stray or dangerous animals.
Our secondary goal is to provide service to the
public and animals through impound of stray animals and other animal
related calls, issuing warnings or citations as necessary,
investigation and prosecution of animal cruelty and abuse cases,
continued advanced education and training for Animal Care and Control
officers, and to strive toward the ultimate goal of elimination of the
need to euphemize healthy, surplus and unwanted animals.
Here's How You Can Help
Keep your pet confined on
your property by fence, rope, chain, kennel or on a leash. Have your dogs and cats
vaccinated at a licensed veterinarian. This will prevent your pet from becoming infected with any deadly and contagious disease.
- Spay or neuter your pets.
Prevention is the key to reducing the number of unwanted pets.
- Provide your animal with
adequate food, water and shelter.
Shelter is defined as at least three
sides, a roof, and a floor raised off the ground at least 2 inches.
- Confine female pets when
Clean up after your pet.
Pet feces is responsible for spreading and infecting other neighboring
Put identification and
rabies tags on your pets.
This will help identify your pet in case of
injury or loss.
- Educate your children to
stay away from all stray animals and to notify their parent, teacher
or adult when one is around.
- Report all stray animals
to your local Animal Control Unit