What happens if animal control picks up your dog?

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If your dog is loose and animal control officers cannot seize him, some states give the officers the right to destroy the animal on the spot.

When a dog is seized and brought to animal control, he may have five days or less to be retrieved by his owner before the shelter destroys him.

Animal Control is law enforcement. Law enforcement cannot come into your home without a warrant or your permission. If Animal Control is called on you and you're worried that they may take your pets – you have the right to not let them in… Anything they can see in “plain sight” can be probable cause for a warrant.

When a bite is reported, animal control can verify the dog is up to date on vaccinations, including rabies.

animal control will open a file on the incident which will include anything they find out during an investigation, especially if the bite required medical attention.


When Animal Control is At Your Door: Do not let them in, no matter how much they ask.

Animal Control generally can not enter Your home without a warrant, or your permission.

Yes, animal control has the legal right to euthanize dogs in their custody.
Whenever police, animal control officers, or other government officials seize or kill a dog, they must respect the owners' constitutional rights. State laws and local ordinances spell out when officers (and occasionally humane society agents) may take possession of dogs and put them in the pound or shelter.

Animal control services: In case of emergency after hours,(Animal control will respond to any biting dog or cat incident, any injured dog or cat, or vicious animal call.) The Animal Shelter patrols for dogs running loose.

A dog must be on public property for an Animal Shelter Officer to pick up dog.


If your dog is wearing identification when it is found, the way the state-run shelter will contact you varies.

the fines for reclaiming un-neutered/un-spayed dogs are higher than for fixed animals.

Laws in some states allow an owner to reclaim an impounded animal for free if it has a microchip.

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