Ensuring the health and safety of City of Auburn residents and companion animals through the enforcement of dog related ordinances and the promotion of pet safety and responsible pet ownership.
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Information on the Animal Ordinance in the City Code
FAQ Regarding Animal Control
Q: How often does Animal Control patrol my neighborhood?
A: Animal Control officers patrol the City on a frequent basis. If you notice dogs running at large or you encounter other similar problems that need immediate attention, please contact Animal Control at 334-501-3090. For after-hour needs ONLY, please call Public Safety Non-Emergency 334-501-3100.
Q: How do I obtain a dog license?
A: A dog license is not required, but owners must have proof of rabies vaccination.
Q: My animal is missing, what do I do?
A: Contact Animal Control at 334-501-3090 or the Lee County Humane Society at 334-821-3222. You can also report a missing pet through the Auburn FixIt app.
Q: What do I do if I'm bitten by an animal?
A: Contact the Public Safety Non-Emergency at 334-501-3100 and seek medical attention as needed. The police will contact Animal Control.
Q: Is there a leash law for dogs in Auburn?
A: Yes. A dog is considered to be under restraint when any one of the following conditions exist:
- The dog is confined in a building, fenced pen, or fenced yard on its owner's property, or on the property of another person with the other person's consent.
- The dog is leashed.
- The dog is tethered on its owner's property or on the property of another person with the other person's permission, in such a position that the dog cannot gain access to public property or other private property.
- The dog, though not meeting any of the conditions stated in paragraphs 1, 2 and 3, above, is in a peaceful attitude on the property of its owner; and is wearing rabies vaccination tags.
Q: I own a dog, but no longer wish to take care of it. Can Animal Control pick the dog up?
A: It is not Animal Control’s policy to remove owned animals from their owner's property. You may transport the dog to the Lee County Humane Society.
Q: I have witnessed someone abusing animals, what do I do?
A: Please contact Animal Control at 334-501-3090 during business hours or report it through the Auburn FixIt app. For immediate attention, contact the Public Safety Non-Emergency at 501-3100.
Q: What are the rules regarding barking dogs?
A: Under City Code Section 4-19(a), no owner shall permit a dog to habitually bark or yelp in such a loud and frequent manner as to annoy and disturb the public in the vicinity. Contact Animal Control at 501-3090 or Public Safety Non-Emergency at 334-501-3100 for assistance.
Q: What steps should I take to deal with stray cats?
A: It is not Animal Control's policy to deal with stray cats, but here are some suggestions to help citizens deal with stray cats:
- Do not feed stray cats. This will reduce the chance of stray cats hanging around your property.
- Remove potential food sources (e.g., pet food, unsecured garbage containers). By removing potential food sources, you will reduce the chance of stray cats hanging around your property.
- If stray cats become a nuisance, you may borrow a cat trap (the traps are humane) from Animal Control. Contact Animal Control at 334-501-3090 for further information about obtaining a cat trap.
Q: I have some kind of wildlife (e.g., raccoon, oppossum) in my attic/under my house, what should I do?
A: Contact Animal Control for recommendations. You may be advised to employ a private pest management company.
Q: If I find some kind of wildlife in my yard, what should I do?
A: Do not make contact with wildlife. Contact Animal Control for assistance.