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Animal control responds to calls including picking up stray and injured pets or wildlife,
investigating cruelty and neglect charges, bite reports, picking up dead animals that are in the public roadways and enforcing Title 7 of the Municipal Code.  For the complete text of the ordinances related to Animal Care and Control, please refer to Title 7 of the Municipal Code found at https://library.municode.com/in/bloomington/codes/code_of_ordinances

HOW TO CONTACT AN ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER

Call 812-349-3492 and select option 2 for Animal Control during the following hours:

Monday/Wednesday/Thursday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Tuesday/Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Please keep in mind that the Shelter receives 300 to 400 phone calls per day and you may be connected to our voicemail. Voicemail is checked and calls are returned regularly throughout the day.

After Hours Emergencies

After hours and on Sundays, officers are available to respond to emergency calls only, such as injured animals and bite cases. All other calls will be responded to during normal business hours. In case of an after-hours emergency, call 812-339-1444 and a dispatcher will contact the officer on call.

WILDLIFE ISSUES

A beautiful, tree-filled city surrounded by fields and forests provides the optimal location for experiencing wildlife.  Unfortunately Wildlife can become nuisances or even safety risks for our people and pets.  In order to keep Bloomington safe for people, pets, and wildlife here are a few easy rules to live by:

1.  Keep all trash containers closed.  Open trashcans invite raccoons, skunks, coyotes and other wildlife to an easy buffet.

2.  Do not feed pets outside.  These stations often invite unwelcomed guests.

3.  If you have a wildlife issue make sure you are not providing easy food sources such as bird feeders, an never intentionally feed our deer.

If you have a nuisance wildlife issue please check out the link below for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources' guides.

https://www.in.gov/dnr/fishwild/2351.htm

 

PERMIT INFORMATION

Chicken Flock Permit

A Chicken Flock is defined in the ordinances as up to five hens. No roosters are permitted. Persons wishing to have a chicken flock must first present a Chicken Flock Permit Application (PDF 65.32 KB) to the Animal Care and Control Department. Once Animal Control Officers have received these documents they will make contact with the applicant to set up a time for an inspection. See more details about chicken flocks inside of the City limits

Commercial Animal Establishment Permit

A Commercial Animal Establishment Permit is required for any pet shop, nonmunicipal animal shelter/sanctuary, auction, riding school or stable, zoological park, circus, or animal exhibition that exists within the Bloomington city limits. An application must be submitted to the Animal Care and Control Department. Once a Commercial Animal Establishment Permit Application (DOC 57.50 KB) is received, an Animal Control Officer will be in contact with the applicant to set up a time for an inspection.

Commercial Kennel Permit

A Commercial Kennel is defined as any person or establishment engaged in the business of boarding, training for a fee, and/or grooming animals. Persons wishing to operate a Commercial Kennel must submit a Commercial Kennel Permit Application (DOC 50.50 KB) to the Animal Control Department and be inspected prior to issuance of a permit.

Intact Animal and Litter Permit

An Intact Animal Permit is required for any person engaged in owning or harboring more than four dogs over the age of twelve months, any one of which is unaltered, and/or more than six cats over the age of twelve months, any one of which is unaltered.

A Litter Permit is required for any person who either intentionally or unintentionally causes or allows the breeding of a litter of dogs or cats in a twelve month period. Exceptions are only made if the parent animal(s) are spayed or neutered within fourteen weeks of the birth of the litter or the parent animal(s) and the litter are relinquished to the City of Bloomington Animal Care and Control Department within fourteen weeks of the birth of the litter.

An Intact Animal and Litter Permit (DOC 90.50 KB) must be submitted to the Animal Care and Control Department prior to a permit being issued.

Noncommercial Kennel Permit

Any person engaged in owning or harboring more than four altered dogs; more than six altered cats; or more than a total of ten altered dogs and cats combined is required to obtain a Noncommercial Kennel Permit. The Noncommercial Kennel Permit Application (DOC 64.50 KB) should be submitted to the Animal Care and Control Department.