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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Romero said that all Lemon Grove departments — with the exception of the sheriff’s department and animal control, which are handled by San Diego County departments — cut their budget between 4 percent and 14 percent this year. Karen Pearlman,, "Lemon Grove still considering two taxes for November ballot," 10 July 2018 County animal control workers evacuated as many as 60 horses from Secret Hills Ranch in Alpine and another 16 from a ranch on Alpine Boulevard. John Wilkens,, "Firefighters battle blazes in Alpine and elsewhere as temperatures soar past 100," 6 July 2018 Residents concerned about pets or livestock are encouraged to call animal control at (707) 363-0278. Claire Morgan, sacbee, "Northern California wildfires, map: Hot weather and gusty winds worsen some blazes," 1 July 2018 If pets or people do come into contact with a bat, residents are advised to call the nearest county animal control office or a professional pest control company to corral it, remove it and test it for rabies. Andy Marso, kansascity, "After JoCo bat tests positive for rabies, health department warns residents of danger," 10 July 2018 Its activities are guided by the San Diego Operational Area Emergency Plan Animal Services Annex, known as Annex O, which describes the basic concepts, policies and procedures for providing a coordinated animal control response to any disaster. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Preparing for a disaster could save an animal's life," 29 June 2018 Report to animal control strays that may not be vaccinated and run high risks of exposure to wild animals. Bruce Henderson, charlotteobserver, "Be wary of these NC natural wonders this summer," 25 June 2018 Merrillville Police Chief Joseph Petruch confirmed the attacks and another on an animal control employee last summer. Cain Buchmeier, Post-Tribune, "Merrillville man used hedge scissors to fend off pitbull after alleged attack: 'I went at him like Edward Scissorhands'," 21 June 2018 People are encouraged to report any animal exhibiting unusual or aggressive behavior to local animal control officials or the Arizona Game and Fish Department at 602-942-3000. Angela Forburger, azcentral, "Rabies cases on the rise in Arizona, health officials warn," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of animal control

1951, in the meaning defined above

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