Contact Officer Mike Cox
regarding animal control issues within the City of Warsaw.
Warsaw City Code: Chapter 6 - Animals
Officer Cox also works with the Building Department regarding code enforcement
(garage sales, tall grass and weeds).
As a part of the services of the Warsaw Police Department, the mission of Animal Control is to respond to complaints regarding violations of city ordinances and/or Indiana State statutes for domestic and non-domestic animals. Warsaw Animal Control also transports domestic and non-domestic animal carcasses. When raccoons, opossums and other non-domestic animals create problems for residents of Warsaw, it is possible to obtain live traps through Animal Control on a short term basis to trap the problem animals, which are then relocated to animal preserves.
Most people know that when they own a dog, it must be restrained from leaving the owner’s property or having the opportunity to leave the owner’s property, unless it is leashed and under the control of its owner or agent of the owner. It may surprise some people to know that cats have the same restrictions. Both dogs and cats must also receive annual rabies shots and wear the rabies tag at all times. Are your pets up-to-date? If your animals are for some reason found off of your property and unrestrained, Animal Control will need to see proof of up-to-date rabies vaccinations before the animal(s) can be released to you.
DID YOU KNOW? Every female dog or cat in heat shall be confined in a secure building or enclosure, so as to prevent conception, except during instances of planned breeding. City Code Chapter 6, Article III, Section 6-74.
Noise violations are among the most frequent complaints handled by Animal Control. If your dog barks, howls or makes other noises constantly and is heard by your neighbors, it can be disruptive to your neighbors’ lives. Barking that continues for 15 consecutive minutes or more than 20 minutes in any one hour is considered to be a violation of the ordinance.
If you have questions about Warsaw’s city ordinances regarding animals or Animal Control, please call 574-372-9511 and ask for the Warsaw Animal Control officer. You can also send in questions, comments or complaints by email through the city website, under “Report A Concern/Request Tracker.” As always, you can contact the Animal Control officer on weekdays, during the day, through the Warsaw Police station at 2191 E. Ft. Wayne St.