Shelbyville Animal Control
The Animal Care and Control Division includes Deputy Chief Brian Crews as Director, Animal Control Supervisor Mariah Teal, two Animal Control Officers and Administrative Assistant. A complete copy of the City’s Ordinances are available at City Hall, or you can find them online.
The preferred method of contacting Animal Control is to call and speak with one of the employees.
The primary objectives of the Shelbyville Police Department’s Animal Care and Control Division is to protect and educate the public. Animal control officers protect the public by responding to dangerous animal calls and they educate the public about the rabies virus, altering domestic animals and local and state laws. When these objectives are achieved they in turn protect the animals as well.
Secondary objectives include providing services to the public and animals through impoundment of stray animals or other animals at large, issuing warnings or citations as necessary, investigating cruelty and abuse cases, continued education and training for the Animal Control Officers, and an adoption program.
Pet Adoption Information
- Review all city ordinances that pertain to pets to make sure you are in compliance.
- Keep your pet confined on your property by fence, rope, chain, kennel or on a leash.
- Have your pets vaccinated at a licensed veterinarian against the rabies virus, and any other optional vaccinations discussed with your veterinarian that may be needed.
- Spay or neuter your pets. (Prevention is the key to reducing the number of unwanted pets)
- Provide your pet with adequate food, water and shelter. (Shelter is defined as at least three sides, a roof, and a floor raised off the ground at least 2 inches)
- Confine female pets indoors when they are in heat.
- Clean up after your pet. Feces can be responsible for spreading and infecting other animals.
- Put identification and rabies tags on your pets. This will help identify your pet in case of injury or loss.
- Do not feed any stray animals.
- Educate your children to stay away from all stray animals and to notify their parent, teacher or adult when one is around.
- Report all stray animals to the Animal Care and Control Department.