Animal Nuisance Issues Frequently Asked Questions
Livingston County, MichiganAnimal ShelterAnimal Nuisance Issues Frequently Asked Questions
Livingston County
Animal Shelter

418 S. Highlander Way
Howell, MI 48843
Map to our location
Shelter and Administration Phone: 517.546.2154
Fax: 517.546.0232

Non-emergency Complaints - 517.546.9111
Emergencies - 911

Closed for Lunch weekdays: 1-1:30 pm

Animal Viewing Hours:
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri
11 am-1 pm., 1:30-5 pm.
11 am-1 pm, 1:30-7 pm
10 am - 3 pm

All Other Business:
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri:

8 am-1 pm, 1:30-5 pm
8 am-1 pm, 1:30-7 pm

Animal Nuisance Issues Frequently Asked Questions

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There is a dog running around my neighborhood. What do I do?,

If you feel you can safely confine the dog, please do so. You can call Livingston County Central Dispatch at (517) 546-9111 and an Animal Control Officer will be sent to your location. The Shelter will not send an Officer out on a call for a loose dog that is not confined. Typically, by the time an Officer arrives on the scene, the dog is gone. If you know who owns the loose dog, please give their address to an Animal Control Officer and they will go to the owner’s home and speak with them about responsible pet ownership.

A dog left its yard and came after me in my yard or the street. What should I do?,

If you or your pet have been threatened by a dog coming off their property and it is unattended, please call Livingston County Central Dispatch at (517) 546-9111 and an Animal Control Officer will be sent out to investigate. You will need to have the address of dog’s owner in order for 911 to send an Animal Control Officer.

My neighbor’s dog barks all the time. What can I do?,

If you think that you have a legitimate barking complaint, please contact your local municipality. Each city, village, and townships has noise ordinances that they are responsible for enforcing. In order for an Animal Control Officer to investigate a barking dog, they must be able to witness the dog barking. Barking calls are not a high priority and will only be handled in between emergency calls. 

Will you pick up loose cats in my neighborhood?,

No. Livingston County Animal Shelter or Animal Control Officers will not come out and pick up stray cats. 

We will accept stray cats at the shelter from Livingston County residents who find cats in the country and bring them in. You can use a live trap from us if needed to catch the cat. ($50 refundable deposit) 

Animal Control Officers only go out on calls involving cats if there is suspected abuse or neglect.​