Animal & Community Services
The Animal & Community Services Division is responsible for picking up stray dogs and cats, investigating animal bites, abandonment, animal cruelty cases and other complaints. Animal & Community Service Officers are authorized to write notices or citations for any violation of City Codes as they relate to animals.
Our goal is to keep all owned animals confined to their property and to ensure animals are vaccinated and licensed. Our objectives are:
Community Service Officers handle solicitor permits, perform fingerprinting services for the public needs, assist motor units with traffic issues, and maintain the TNR (Trap, Neuter, Release) program, which has proven to be of great benefit to community areas where feral cat populations once existed.
Removal or relocating of nuisance wildlife such as snake, raccoon, opossum, armadillo, alligator, and others, located on private property, are the responsibility of the property owner (see list of private trappers*). Alligators are considered a nuisance when they are more than four feet in length, and are determined to be a threat to the welfare of the public, or the public's pets, livestock or property. If you need to report a nuisance alligator, call toll-free, 1-866-FWC-GATOR (1-866-392-4286).
*List of trappers is courtesy of Fresh Water Fish & Game Commission and provided as a public service. Trappers on the list are not recommended, regulated, or endorsed. Most trappers charge a fee for their services. Comparison shopping is recommended.