Animal Control is responsible for upholding city codes regarding dogs, cats, wildlife, animal bites, and pet licensing.
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Monday – Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday by Appointment Only
Adoption Center Hours:
Monday – Friday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
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Animal Control Officers investigate complaints regarding the Animal Control Ordinance.
Animal owners must comply with the following ordinance rules:
- Dogs and cats may not run at large. Your pet must be on a leash when it is off your property.
- All dogs and cats over 6 months of age must have a current pet license.
- All Dogs, cats and ferrets over 3 months of age must have a current rabies vaccination
- Keeping a dog which disturbs neighbors by barking is not permitted.
- Pet owners must remove any animal waste deposited by their animal on public or private property.
Things that every pet owner should know:
- Patrol Hours: Officers are patrolling your neighborhoods from 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday – Friday.
- Officers are also on call 24 hours for emergency situations, 7 days a week.
- Call us at 574.235.9303 to report: animals that are stray, injured, neglected, lost or found; animal bites; nuisance and cruelty complaints; wildlife problems
- Humane capture cage rental program to address stray cat and dog problems.
- Dead animals on roads inside the City Limits, please call 311.
Laws & Your Pet
These laws protect citizens from dangerous or nuisance animals and provide for basic animal care requirements. Only the most common problems are addressed.
- All pets must be provided with adequate shelter, food, and water.
- All pets must be provided with necessary medical care in addition to the required rabies vaccination.
- All pet areas must be maintained in a clean and sanitary manner.
- No pet shall be tied to a rope, chain or cord fastened directly to the neck. Choker collars used for training need to be replaced with a leather or nylon collar immediately after training.
- No pet shall be left unattended in a vehicle when conditions constitute a health hazard.
- No person shall beat, cruelly treat, neglect, torment, overload, overwork, or otherwise abuse an animal.
- Dog and cock fighting is illegal in South Bend, and is a felony in the State of Indiana.
Nuisance Animal Laws
- Excessive barking: Owners must immediately attend to their pet when barking begins.
- Pet waste must be cleaned up daily.
- Walking your pet? Carry a pooper scooper.
- Pets must be restrained at all times.
Please read Chapter 5 of the South Bend Municipal Code for all Responsible Pet Ownership Ordinances which can be found here:
Chapter 5 of the South Bend Municipal Code
Monthly Intake/Outcome of Animals
August 2018 Outcome Euthanasia by Species
August 2018 Outcome Euthanasia by Subtype
September 2018 Intake by Species
September 2018 Outcome Adoption
September 2018 Outcome Euthanasia by Species
September 2018 Outcome Euthanasia by Subtype
October 2018 Animal Intake by Species
October 2018 Animal Intake by Type
October 2018 Outcome Euthanasia by Species
October 2018 Outcome Euthanasia by Subtype
November 2018 Intake by Species
November 2018 Outcome Adoption
November 2018 Outcome Euthanasia by Species
November 2018 Outcome Euthanasia by Subtype
Animal Control Commission Meeting Minutes
South Bend Animal Care and Control Board regular Minutes-November 1-2018
South Bend Animal Care and Control Board Special Meeting Minutes-November 29-2018
News & Announcements
Code Enforcement Issues Curbside Pickup Reminder
Animal Care and Control
521 Eclipse Place South Bend, IN 46628
9:00 am - 6:00 pm
First Saturday of the month
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday (other than the 1st Saturday of the month) & Sunday