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animal control year in review

Animal Control, as part of their services, responds to stray animal complaints and reports of animals at large. They also investigate reports of abuse or neglect, including animal hoarding. Both Animal Control Officers serving the City are nationally trained and certified as Expert Animal Cruelty Investigators.

From Jan. 1 to Oct. 31, 2019, Animal Control rescued a total of 538 animals! This included 170 dogs.  These dogs include strays, abandonments and cruelty cases. Of those 170 dogs, 153 were returned to their owner, adopted out or were transferred to a rescue partner of the Michigan Humane Society(MHS). That is a 90% success rate on dogs that were found or rescued in the City! Some of the animals that were brought in can be seen in the slideshow. 

2020 dog and cat licenses are available for purchase only through the City Clerk this year. All 2019 one-year licenses and 2016 three-year licenses will expire as of March 1. In 2019, 2,473 one-year licenses and 709 three-year licenses were sold. Local and state law requires that all dogs and cats must be current on rabies vaccines and licensed by the City of Livonia. Having a current license increases the chance of the pet being returned to the owner. It also helps Animal Control officers contact the owners quicker if lifesaving emergency care is needed. The officers are equipped with a universal microchip reader when they are in the field. 

In 2019, Animal Control received a tip regarding a puppy sold with parvo. Upon investigating the “backyard breeder”, it was discovered that numerous animals were living in poor conditions with little to no medical care. The bust resulted in seven dogs, several exotics and a kitten being removed from the home. The owner was cited and successfully prosecuted for animal neglect. All animals were adopted out and/or transferred to a breed-specific rescue!

Also in 2019, Animal Control officers impounded a white Pit Bull type dog that was picked up running loose in Livonia. It was later discovered he was a foster escapee from Detroit Animal Care and Control(DACC). Through a partnership with MHS and DACC, the dog was transferred into the care of MHS. There he received extensive medical treatment for a double ear infection, babesia and heartworm. He was vaccinated, neutered and successfully adopted out after weeks of treatment!

Those are some of our Animal Control team’s highlights for 2019. They’ll keep working to keep Livonia’s pets safe and sound in 2020!

If you are interested in learning more about what Animal Control does or have a concern you wish to report or speak to an officer about, please visit our Animal Control page.