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Laws and Animal Control

Animal Control

The Washtenaw County Sheriff"s Office partners with the City of Ann Arbor Police Department and the Humane Society of Huron Valley to respond to animal nuisance complaints, pick up healthy stray animals, and investigate animal bites.  Emergency: 911. Nonemergency dispatch: (734) 994-2911  


Ann Arbor City Code: Chickens

Residents of the City of Ann Arbor may apply for a permit to keep up to 6 chickens (but no roosters), based on a number of conditions and restrictions. Permits are $20, are good for 5 years, and are issued only if the applicant's adjacent residential neighbors provide written consent. Chickens must be kept in a backyard, within a fenced enclosure at all times, and must be provided with a covered enclosure. Enclosures and feed must be maintained so as not to attract or harbor rats, mice, or other rodents. Permit forms are available online at a2gov.org, or at the City Clerk's office.    


Ann Arbor City Code: Pets

Dog owners must have their pets under "reasonable control"-that is, leashed or confined-at all times; they also are required to clean up after their dogs on both public and private property. Dog licenses for dogs over 6 months are mandatory, and are valid through the expiration of the animal's rabies vaccination. Licenses for dogs that are spayed or neutered are $6 for up to 1 year, $11 for up to 2 years, and $15 for up to 3 years; unaltered animals are $12, $22, and $30. Service dogs are licensed for free.

Owners of all pets must provide proper food, drink, and shelter from the weather for their animals, as well as the medical attention necessary to prevent the animals from suffering. Animals may not be left confined without adequate ventilation.

For more information about city requirements, search "animal control" at a2gov.org    


Rescue and Removal, Reporting Animal Cruelty

To report a sick or injured animal, call the Humane Society of Huron Valley hotline (734) 661-3512. To report suspected animal cruelty, call the hotline and leave the address with major cross streets, and a detailed account of what type of cruelty you suspect; or file a report online at hshv.org/site/PageNavigator/cruelty/report

Humane Society of Huron Valley cruelty investigators investigate reports of animal cruelty in Washtenaw County. Michigan law defines animal cruelty as any of the following: Failure to provide an animal with adequate food, water, a shelter or medical treatment; improperly tethering (or chaining) an animal; abandoning or causing an animal to be abandoned without providing for the animal's adequate care; cruelly beating, torturing, maiming or killing an animal; willfully or negligently allowing an animal to suffer unnecessarily; transporting an animal in a vehicle in a cruel or inhumane manner; either poisoning or exposing an animal to poison; the cropping of a dog's ears or the docking of a dog's tails, unless such cropping is performed by a registered veterinary surgeon while the dog is under anesthetic.    




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