Animal Control Officers are assigned to enforce state law, city ordinances, and business licensing regulations, as well as to enforce animal control regulations to ensure a high level of public safety. Specific areas of responsibility and activities include: investigating animal cruelty and bite complaints, patrolling city streets and neighborhoods for stray or deceased animals, and addressing nuisance wildlife concerns. Animal Control Officers continue to work closely with the Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit to return lost pets, resulting in 46 lost cats and dogs being returned to their owners in FY2020.
During FY2020, Animal Control Officers responded to and addressed over 869 calls forservice. The following were included in their activities: officer investigated/prosecuted animal cruelty complaints; 34 animal bite reports; caught over 237 dogs, 296 cats, and over 506 other non-domesticated animals. In addition, Animal Control Officers also serviced hundreds of live-traps and recovered hundreds of dead animals from our roadways. Within the Ordinance Enforcement Division, Animal Control remains one of the highest requested services from residents.
If you are bitten by an animal, domestic or wild, call Dearborn Police immediately and seek medical attention. The animal must be located and quarantined or tested. Be prepared to give authorities all of the information about the incident, including a description of the animal. It is vital to determine if the animal has contracted rabies.
Dearborn Animal Control
After-hours or emergencies