Note: This article is part of the Spring/Summer 2018 Springdale Newsletter. To check out the full newsletter, please click here.
Taking Control: Springdale Animal Control
The City of Springdale has three animal control officers (ACOs) that are responsible for enforcing City ordinances pertaining to animals.
These officers are on duty for at least one eight-hour shift every day, including weekends, and are on call for emergencies 24/7.
During normal hours, the ACOs are busy with calls for services such as picking up deceased animals on roadways, containing loose animals, helping sick or injured animals, responding to barking dog complaints, reporting bite statistics, dealing with nuisance wildlife, and performing welfare checks/initiating animal cruelty investigations.
Public outreach and education are also important components of their job. After hours, the ACOs are here to assist with injured animals and bites, a common request, and are sometimes asked to help the police and fire departments with other issues as they arise.
The officers are dispatched through the Police Department and respond to calls in priority order. The dispatchers help keep the ACOs safe and are able to see where they are in the City through GPS units in their vehicles. They check in with the officers and will send police and fire assistance when necessary to help them in difficult situations.
If you ever need to contact an ACO, please call the non-emergency police number at 751-4542 and they will notify them as soon as possible.
The ACOs are here to serve and protect both two- and four-legged residents of Springdale. The most common calls they respond to are for animals running at large.
Containing loose dogs prevents the dogs from getting themselves into trouble! Dogs that are not contained can cause problems for neighborhoods by antagonizing contained pets, biting, hurting other animals, and injuring themselves by getting into the road.
If pets are microchipped, it makes it easy for us to get them back to their families. In many cases, these pets are able to be reunited without ever needing to come to the shelter. Microchipping is an inexpensive way to ensure that your furry friend will be able to return to your family, even if they are lost for a long time. Our City does require that all dogs and cats are microchipped.
Unaltered animals are also more likely to roam, so please check with your local veterinarian, Spay Arkansas (756-1100), or the Humane Society of the Ozarks (444-PETS) for local options for spaying and neutering your pet.
Our ACOs take calls from concerned residents very seriously, especially with calls regarding aggressive animals and animals that are not being appropriately taken care of. We have successfully prosecuted numerous cases involving inhumane treatment of animals and animal cruelty under the advisement of the City Attorney's Office.
We hope that all of our residents have a happy and safe summer and we will do all that we can to help!