NHS is responsible for overseeing ordinances that pertain to animals. Stray animal pick-up, dog bites, cruelty reports, injured or sick animals are just a few of the calls Animal Control considers a priority. If you have an emergency or priority call that requires an immediate response, contact our dispatch center at 402-444-7800, ext 1. *All caller identities remain confidential. Situations involving bites or aggressive dogs should be reported immediately to 402-444-7800 extension 1.
For non-emergency calls including anonymous barking dogs, loose dogs, dead animal pick up please also call our dispatch center at 402-444-7800 ext 1. You may be directed to email an investigator with specific details--but please start with the dispatch center. NHS responds to complaints in Omaha (and the 3 mile zone surrounding the city) and Sarpy County. If you are outside our jurisdiction please contact your local law enforcement agency.
If you provide good photographic evidence in situations when an officer does not observe a violation (dog running at large, etc.), an animal control officer may be able to issue a citation based on that evidence. If still pictures are taken, photos should have the date, time, location, address of the animal owner, name of the owner if known, and name of the person who took the photo attached to the photo. Videos need to have the date and time shown on the tape and attached paperwork explaining what is being shown, the location, address of the animal owner, and name of the owner if known. In the case of a dog at large, photographic evidence should clearly show the animal off the owner's property.
Please remember that NHS has jurisdiction in Omaha and Sarpy County. If your issue is outside of our jurisdiction, please contact your local animal control or law enforcement agency.
NHS Animal Control conducts investigations into cruelty and neglect of animals in Omaha and Sarpy County. Homes overflowing with cats, starving horses and animals living without proper food, water, shelter or necessary medical care, all fall under our purview. *The following information is paraphrased from Omaha City Ordinance Chapter 6, which deals with all animal-related city laws.
(You can’t beat, torture, or burn animals) It is unlawful for anyone to willfully or maliciously kill, maim, disfigure, torture, beat with a stick, chain or club or other object, mutilate, burn or scald with any substance or cruelly set upon any animal. (*The exception is to drive off vicious or trespassing animals)
(You can’t leave an animal in a situation that causes suffering) It is unlawful for any person to knowingly, intentionally, or negligently cause or allow any animal to endure unreasonable or unjustifiable pain, suffering or injury.
(You have to provide the basics of food, water, shelter from the elements and proper veterinary care) It is unlawful to refuse, neglect or fail to provide proper food, drink, shade, shelter, physical maintenance, and veterinary care.
(You can’t leave animals to fend for themselves) It’s unlawful to leave an animal for more than 24 hours without making provisions for food water and care. If an animal is restrained outside without food water or proper care, Animal Control Officers may enter the property and supply it with food, water and care as long as it remains there.
For immediate attention, please call 402-444-7800, ext 1.