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WHAT IS ANIMAL CONTROL?
Animal control is a division of the police department. Currently, the City of Oak Ridge has 3 full-time certified Animal Control Officers and 1 part-time Shelter Assistant. Animal Control is responsible for two different aspects of animal welfare. Employees handle animal related issues in the field and daily operations of the Oak Ridge Animal Shelter.
City ordinance violations
State of Tennessee Code Annotated violations
Apprehension of animals at-large
Citizen complaint investigation
Cruelty complaint investigation
Promotion of rabies vaccinations and city registrations
Pick up and dispose of animal carcasses
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
handles all wildlife or bird issues – 800-332-0900.
Care for animals that have been surrendered or apprehended
Handle adoptions for animals at shelter
Veterinarians handle medical care, treatment, and surgeries of adopted animals
Information for lost animals
Quarantine of bite animals and suspected rabid animals
Rabies specimen transfer and analysis
Shelter educational tours
Release of animals
CALLS FOR SERVICE
Animal control handles a variety of calls for service. These calls typically are generated from citizen’s reports or complaints. Other calls are generated from the police department. Citizens should contact and report animal incidents directly to the Animal Shelter during regular operating hours. After hours, citizens can call the animal shelter and leave a message. This is the best means to report a lost pet. A return call will be made. Serious or emergent animal issues should be made directly to the police dispatch when after hours.
TYPICAL CALLS RECEIVED
Any animal incident impacting public safety
Cruelty and/or neglect
Animals at large
Suspicion of Rabies
Pick up of animal carcasses
Animal odor investigation
Lost or missing animals