Animal Control officers patrol our streets from 8 am until midnight, 7 days a week. Officers are also on call overnight in case emergencies come up. While our officers are constantly looking out for the welfare of animals, their number one priority is public safety. So reports of dangerous animals, dog bites, or animals in immediate distress take precedence over barking dogs, and nuisance wildlife. Still, every call is important. We rely on community members to alert us when they see stray, mistreated, or unhealthy animals.
Dog Bites, cat bites or any incidents involving a warm blooded mammal, either domesticated or wild, breaking the skin of a person need to be reported to animal control immediately. While rabies transmission is rare among domesticated animals it is still found today and it is fatal to humans. Steps to take if bitten:
If no animal can be located—the victim will usually be forced to undergo Pre-emptive rabies shots. Although not as painful as they were in the past, rabies shots are expensive, unpleasant and best avoided if possible.
Because rabies is fatal to humans all cities in the metro area require a rabies shot before an animal can be licensed. Do your part and vaccinate your pet!
Barking Dogs are inevitable. Lets face it, dogs bark! But when the noise continues and the owners do nothing to stop it, it becomes a nuisance to neighbors.
*If your dog is a barker and you need help to control the behavior click on “Training and Petcare” on our home page. Under “Behavior Help” you’ll find a whole list of articles that can help!
Stray Dogs are illegal in Omaha and most of the surrounding communities. Wandering dogs often end up hit by cars, tormented by non-animal lovers, and, if frightened can bite strangers out of fear and pain. Reporting stray dogs is a true service both for the public’s and the dog’s safety. Call (402)444-7800 ext 1.
Stray cats are not illegal in Omaha and Unincorporated Sarpy County. Because of this, Animal Control officers do not pick up stray cats in these two municipalities. Other surrounding cities do have cat leash laws.
Wildlife often tries to coexist with us, even in residential and urban areas. Often our housing and businesses encroach on areas that have been habitat for groups of wild animals for years.
Animal Control will respond to any wildlife call involving an animal that appears to be sick, is threatening, or creates a public safety issue. Call (402)444-7800 ext 1.
Officers are not authorized to trap healthy or non-threatening wildlife simply for relocation. However if you are having difficulty with encroaching wildlife click on the “Wildlife” button on our homepage and scroll through “Living with Area Wildli