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Animal Control
Published on: 1/29/2012 12:00 AM

Animal Control Services

Animal Control Officers are employed to protect animals from improper use, abuse, neglect and inhumane treatment while protecting citizens of Nevada County from annoyance, intimidation, injury and property damage by animals.

The goal of Nevada County Animal Control Officers is to educate the public on responsible pet ownership and enforce animal laws as needed.

950 Maidu Avenue Suite 280
Nevada City, CA 95959
(530) 265-1471
(530) 470-0439
Nevada County Animal Control deals with issues related to domestic animals.  Below are some of the duties Animal Control Officers deal with:
  • Impounding stray animals or animals running at large
  • Investigation of nuisance complaints, like barking dogs
    • Barking Dog Log can be filled out and faxed or mailed to Nevada County Animal Control for follow up. 
    • For first time offenses the subject will be mailed a notice of complaint
  • Investigating animal bites and enforcing animal quarantines
  • Humane euthanization of rabies infected animals
  • Humane euthanization of injured deer and wildlife
  • Sending samples of rabies suspect animals to a lab for testing
  • Enforcement of dog licensing and rabies vaccination laws
  • Maintaining a Dog Licensing Program (PetData)
  • Issuing warnings and citations for violation of local (County Codes) and state animal control law
    • County Codes (Title 2 General Code, Chapter IV: General Regulations, Article 1 Humane Animal Control)
  • Filing complaints with the District Attorney's Office for misdemeanor and felony violations
  • Acting as a liaison to the press regarding animal related matters
  • Providing educational information to the public
Starting in July 2010 Nevada County entered into an agreement with Sammies Friends to run shelter operations
  • For information regarding lost or found pets 
  • For interest in adopting pets
Fish and Wildlife address issues related to animals found in the wild.
(916) 358-1300
To report animal sightings (such as bears, mountain lions, etc.)
(916) 358-2882