Field Service Officers
Field Service Officers provide a number of services to the citizens of Allen County. Their primary function is to deal with domestic animal control issues. The service they provide in regards to domestic animals include the pickup of stray animals, investigation of bite cases, enforcement of the Allen County ordinances pertaining to animal cruelty and neglect (including domesticated livestock) and any other domestic animal related public safety issues. Field Service Officers also investigate attacks on livestock by stray dogs and in some cases may assist injured wildlife if a Department of Natural Resources Officer is unavailable.
Wildlife complaints including nuisance wildlife and poaching (illegal hunting) are handled by the Department of Natural Resources. They can be contacted at (260) 426-0807.
Field Service Officers also provide other assistance to the department. They are trained in basic accident investigation and may respond to take other reports from citizens as they are available.
Animals running at large complaints: Call the Field Service Unit at (260) 449-7491 and let us know where the animal lives. We will give the animal owner a warning for the first complaint. This usually takes care of the problem; however, if the problem persists the owner may be issued a citation.
Stray animal complaints: If the animal is contained and the owner unknown we will pick up the stray animal. If the animal is aggressive please let us know when you call. We don’t want to be surprised when we arrive at your home.
ALLEN COUNTY ANIMAL ORDINANCES
8-14-1-2 Owner: the person having right or property or custody of a dog or cat or who keeps or harbors a dog or cat or knowingly permits a dog or cat to remain on or about any premises occupied by that person.
8-14-1-4 Public Nuisance: a dog or cat which: 1) interferes with passerby or passing vehicles; 2) attacks other animals or persons; 3) is repeatedly at large or unrestrained; 4) damages private or public property, or 5) barks, whines, howls or makes other sounds common to its species in excess of 30 minutes at a time.
8-14-2-1 Stray Dog or Cat: no person shall allow any dog or cat to stray beyond his premises, unless the dog or cat is under reasonable control of some person or when engaged in lawful hunting accompanied by the owner or custodian.
IC 35-46-3-1 Sec. 1. A person who knowingly or intentionally harbors a dog that is over the age of six (6) months and not immunized against rabies commits harboring a non-immunized dog, a class C infraction. However, the offense is a class B misdemeanor if the dog causes bodily injury by biting a person.
IC 35-46-3-7 Sec. 7. A person having a vertebrate animal in the person’s custody who recklessly, knowingly, or intentionally abandons or neglects the animal commits cruelty to an animal, a class B misdemeanor.
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