**Click here for special information regarding recent Bobcat and Coyote sightings,
posted Feb. 19, 2013.**
FOR WEST NILE VIRUS INFO, PLEASE CLICK HERE:
Or check the City's West Nile Virus Hotline at 972-466-3202.
Animal Services is dedicated to becoming a premier provider of animal care and control services in our community. Our professional staff responds to more than 6,000 calls for service and shelters nearly 2,000 animals each year. We are dedicated to managing our domestic and wild animal population in a manner that provides a safe and healthy environment for both animals and people. Recently, the Division was declared substantially competitive by the City's Managed Competition process. Congratulations, Animal Services!
View a list of animals currently in our Animal Adoption Center
Animal Services works to support wildlife management through public education. Our highest priority is to identify options for sustaining wildlife habitat, without interfering with our local wildlife population. However, if a threat to public health or safety exists, Animal Services will work with you to humanely capture and relocate these critters.
To support this effort you may borrow a live-catch box trap from the Carrollton Animal Services and Adoption Center located at 2247 Sandy Lake Road, Carrollton, TX 75006. There are no fees associated with the loaning of these traps, but you will be responsible for replacing the trap if lost, stolen or damaged while in your possession.
State law requires all animal bites or scratches to be reported to the local rabies control authority. Bites or scratches that break the skin will require the animal involved to be quarantined at a state approved facility for 10 days. This process is used to determine if the rabies virus was transmittable at the time of the bite. Rabies can be fatal to humans and animals, making this our highest priority to protecting public health and safety. If a stray animal bites or scratches a person, and we are not able to locate the animal's owner within 72 hours, the animal is humanely euthanized and tested for rabies.
Animal Services can work with you to help resolve most animal related concerns. Issues such as barking dogs, too many animals, unsanitary conditions and stray animals can be addressed by calling 972-466-3420. We will ask that you provide the specific location of the violation, specifics about your concern and daytime contact information. At your request, a member of our staff will complete an inspection and follow-up with you to share our findings. Our response time for most calls is 20 minutes. In most cases you will receive feedback, if requested, by the following workday.
Police & Fire Support
In the event you experience a Fire or Police emergency, Animal Services may be called upon to take in stranded animals, rescue injured animals and/or provide emergency transport for your pet to a local veterinary clinic. It is our effort to lessen the stress associated with emergency situations by ensuring that your pets are considered.
Animal euthanasia is the most difficult task performed by the staff in Animal Services. The City of Carrollton is committed to reducing the number of animals euthanized each year through public education and code enforcement. You can help with this effort by adopting your next pet from the Animal Adoption Center. If you currently care for a companion animal, be sure that your pet is neutered. Fewer numbers of unwanted puppies and kittens will result in fewer stray or abandoned animals entering the Animal Adoption Center each year.
Deceased Animal Disposal
To dispose of deceased pet or report a dead animal please call Animal Services at 972-466-3420. To assist with this process please report a specific location or landmark.
Mosquito Control Program
The Carrollton Animal Services Division has established an integrated pest management system to address mosquito related risks in the community. This plan allows staff to identify problem areas by tracking complaints, trapping adult mosquitoes and spraying areas with high concentrations of mosquitoes.
Nuisance Heronries (Migratory Birds)
Nesting cycle on Chamberlain and Addington complete, please review notice.
The City has recently received several requests regarding concentrations of birds nesting migratory birds in residential neighborhoods. Like all migratory birds, these birds are protected, both by federal law (the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, Code of Federal Regulations, Title 50, Part 21) and state law (Texas Parks and Wildlife Code, Chapter 64). Their beauty, graceful flight and ecological role justify efforts to maintain populations for future appreciation, especially in the face of rapidly disappearing habitat. However, concern for their well-being cannot completely overshadow the need for managing circumstances where these birds strongly conflict with human needs. Concerns residents have raised include odor, noise and unsightly accumulations of bird droppings on streets, sidewalks and vehicles.
Federal protection extends also to all nesting activity, which can run from early April through September. The law is clear that the birds must not be disturbed during their nesting season. This protected status offers virtually no options for immediate relief for residents during the birds’ current nesting season. However, there are options to help in relocating nesting populations during next year’s migration, which may help in reducing many of the challenges residents face now. Early detection and coordinated effort have been successful in other communities while still honoring the laws and regulations protecting birds.
Contact information you may find useful:
• United States Fish and Wildlife Service 817-334-5202
• Texas Wildlife Damage Management Service 210-472-5451
• Texas Parks and Wildlife 512-389-4505
• Texas Parks and Wildlife Nuisance Heronries Informational Packet
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