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Animal Control

The City of Ann Arbor Police Department partners with the Humane Society of Huron Valley to respond to animal nuisance complaints, pick up healthy stray animals, and investigate animal bites.  Emergency: 911. Humane Society: (734) 662-5585  


Ann Arbor Pet Laws

Dog owners must have their pets under "reasonable control" - that is, leashed or confined - all times; they also are required to clean up after their dogs on both public and private property. Licenses are mandatory for dogs over 6 months. Tags may be issued for 1 yr., ($6 neutered/$12 unaltered) 2 yrs. ($11/22) or 3 yrs. ($15/$30), but may not be issued for longer than the year of expiration of the rabies vaccination certificate. All dog licenses expire on May 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    


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/get-help/report-animal-abuse

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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