animal control


Definition of animal control

: an office or department responsible for enforcing ordinances relating to the control, impoundment, and disposition of animals

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While animal control officers chased hundreds of live chickens across the pavement during the morning commute, the California Highway Patrol issued a severe traffic alert for the westbound direction at San Pablo Dam Road in San Pablo. Michael Cabanatuan,, "I-80 reopens after chicken truck crash shut down westbound lanes in San Pablo," 5 Sep. 2019 The Volusia County Sheriff's Office called animal control, which helped get the raccoon out. Jordan Culver, USA TODAY, "Florida police found an unusual 'burglary' suspect at a local high school: A raccoon inside a vending machine," 15 Aug. 2019 Filler and John James Roberts, both of Hampstead, were arrested in early April after an animal control worker welfare check at 4302 Black Rock Road uncovered 38 dogs, 11 of which were dead, in squalid conditions on the property., "Jury trial for defendant in ‘Black Rock Dogs’ case scheduled for October," 12 July 2019 Berkeley is a 3 1/2-year-old female chocolate Lab that was rescued from a hoarder home by county animal control workers. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Service dog made veteran’s first pitch at Padres game possible," 7 June 2019 According to the Gresham Fire Department, firefighters were called to the Beaver Creek canyon area at 11:30 a.m. by the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office and county animal control after residents reported hearing the dog all night. oregonlive, "Abandoned dog rescued from cliff in Troutdale," 16 Sep. 2019 Proportionally, dog beach citations represented 47% of animal control tickets citywide last year. Hillary Davis, Daily Pilot, "Dogs, downward: N.B. animal-control officers writing fewer tickets at unofficial ‘dog beach’ so far this year," 12 Sep. 2019 After complaining to the building's office for two years straight, Throwawayca91 called animal control officials — who found 30 cats in the woman's apartment. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "These Neighbor Horror Stories Will Make You Cringe (and Then Hug Your Neighbor)," 11 Sep. 2019 The ordinance includes some exceptions: The regulations don’t apply to animal shelters, animal control agencies or nonprofit humane societies. San Diego Union-Tribune, "National City officially enacts ban on retail sales of dogs, cats and rabbits," 10 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of animal control

1951, in the meaning defined above

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