Animal Control Officer
Some of the duties of the Animal Control Officer (ACO) include:
- Assist citizens with lost, sick, found, or injured animals.
- Enforce ordinances against dogs running at large.
- Require that dogs living in the city are licensed according to state laws.
- Issue warnings or summonses pertaining to animal control and welfare.
- Maintain records of summonses, warnings, animal bites, and dogs and cats taken to the department's contracted animal shelter.
- Prepare cases for court presentation by obtaining statements.
The Animal Control Officer protects and handles all types of animals from pets to animals that live out in the wild. The Animal Control Officer has a limited role when handling wild animals. The main concern with wild animals is rabies protection.
This following list is just a few of the laws for the protection of animals and persons.
- Dogs are not to run at large
- Dogs and cats must be rabies vaccinated
- Dogs licensed
- Dogs' license tags must be on collar
- Complaints regarding dangerous dog
- Penalty for damage to livestock or pets by dogs
- Cruelty to birds
- Animal fighting for money-sport
For questions or concerns involving animal issues contact Corey Hamilton by e-mail or at 799-5511 ext 7-7253.
Information for Dog Owners:
Sec. 3-28. Dog waste in streets, parks, beaches.
It shall be unlawful for any person to place, deposit, or permit to be deposited any dog excrement upon any street, park, beach, or within any storm sewer or storm drain of the city. Violation of this section shall subject a person to a fine of one hundred dollars ($100.00)for the first offense; two hundred and fifty dollars ($250.00) for a second offense; and five hundred dollars ($500.00) for each violation thereafter.
Sec. 3-29. Dogs in parks or on beaches at certain times, beyond permitted hours.
No owner or keeper of any dog, licensed or otherwise, shall be permitted in city parks or on beaches beyond the hours of 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.; provided, however, that in the case of Willard Beach, between May 1 through September 30, dogs are not allowed except between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., and 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Violation of this section shall subject a person to a fine of one hundred dollars ($100.00) for the first offense; two hundred and fifty dollars ($250.00) for a second offense; and five hundred dollars ($500.00) for each violation thereafter.