Animal Control Division

Stray & Surrendered Animals

Animal Control will pick up animals that are stray or surrendered by owners. If needed, traps can be set for stray or unwanted animals.

Dead Animals

The city is responsible for removal of animal carcasses from city rights-of-way. It shall be the duty of the owner or person responsible for any dead animal to place the carcass in a plastic bag and notify the city within 24 hours of learning of such dead animal. This includes picking up animals from:

  • Banks
  • Businesses that serve food
  • Doctors' offices
  • Main streets
  • Parking lots
  • Various public locations

Animal control is responsible for the removal of domesticated animals.  Animal control does not remove wildlife , snakes, or bats.  All complaints and matters concerning wild animals not of a domestic nature and complaints involving game animals or protected species and/or hunting, shall be forwarded to the state department of natural resources, game and fish division or the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Law Enforcement Division for proper disposition (i.e., compliance, apprehension, control and/or enforcement), as may be necessary and as provided by state and federal rules and regulations.

Link to Department of Natural Resources-Wildlife Resources Division 

Animal Ordinances

Pet owners need to be responsible for not only properly feeding, sheltering, and caring for a pet, but for knowing the ordinances created by officials to protect the animal, pet owner, and other community members. The Animal Control Department enforces all city ordinances that pertain to animals.

Animal & Fowl Ordinance

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  • Douglas is a bird and wildlife sanctuary. Within the city limits, it is unlawful to trap, hunt, molest or kill any bird or rob any bird's nest. However, if the birds are considered a "nuisance" then the birds will be destroyed as humanely as possible as deemed advisable by the City Manager.
  • It shall be unlawful to trap, hunt, molest or kill any other wild game in the city limits except by order of the City Manager.
  • Definitions have been added to the Animal Control Ordinance to define abandoned animals, proper shelter, enclosures, dangerous dogs, potential dangerous dogs, and vicious dogs.
  • Animal Control will now have the power to enforce penalties on owners and confiscate animals of owners who are in violation of the new ordinances. In addition, the new ordinance also addresses guidelines for the trainers of protection/guard dogs and backyard breeders (kennels).
  • It also shall be unlawful for an owner to restrain an animal by means of tether, chain, cable, rope or cord, unless the tether or other restraint is being held by a competent person. An exception shall be made for the limited purpose of allowing the owner to temporarily restrain the animal by such means to allow the animal's needs to be met, such as the time necessary to clean the animal's living quarters, feed, and water.

View the ordinance in its entirety.

For More Information

For more information about Animal Control, contact the Animal Control office at (912) 389-3448, (912) 389-3462, or email.

  1. Animal Control

    Phone: (912) 389-3448
    Emergency: 9-1-1

    Business Hours
    Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm
    Closed on Holidays

    AFTER HOURS: (912) 327-2842
    After Hours calls will only be responded to in cases relating to vicious domesticated animals/dog, aggressive domesticated animals/dog, domesticated animals/dog bites, or wounded domesticated animals.

  2. Tim Gay

    Animal Control Officer
    Phone: 912-389-3448 / 912-327-2842