Section 8 of the Sacramento County Code: "Animal Control", "Animal Control Division", "Department of Animal Care", or "Department of Animal Care and Regulation" means the Department of Animal Care and Regulation which is established as the regulatory agency for rabies and control of animals in the County."Animal Control Center" or "Animal Shelter" means the facilities provided by the County for the impoundment, relinquishment, quarantine and adoption or sale of animals.
The Department of Animal Care and Regulation enforces the state and County laws regarding animals existing within the County. The director and officers have the authority to enforce County ordinances including impounding animals, issuing citations for violations and issuing quarantines of animals. You can often see our officers in the field responding to calls and working with community members to improve the quality of life for both the animals and the residents of Sacramento County.
Animal Bites: If vaccinations and licensing are current, the dog may be quarantined at the owner's home, depending on circumstances such as:
Dogs on Leash: Dogs must be kept on an <8’ leash or restrained at all times when off the owner’s property, unless the dog is: an on-duty canine law enforcement officer; enrolled and participating in an training/obedience course with permission; trained to assist owner with livestock herding; accompanying owner while hunting on land in a lawfully designated area.
Impounds: If an animal has been abandoned or is being kept in an unsafe or unsatisfactory condition, a notice to impound the animal within two (2) business days is posted at the location by the officer. This two day period is required by law. However, the responding officer has the authority to impound an animal based on the circumstances of a case to protect both the public and the welfare of the animal. Animals may be impounded for any of the following reasons provided in Section 8 of the County code:
To Redeem Your Animal: You must take the following steps to ensure that the redemption of your animal is done correctly and in a timely fashion:
Feral Animals: Are required to be held a minimum of three (3) days if brought into the shelter. Our officers do not trap stray or feral cats.
Vicious Animal Hearings: If anyone encounters a dangerous or vicious animal, they can file a vicious animal affidavit stating the name and address of the victim, a description of the injuries, witnesses, the time and date of the incident and owner information within thirty (30) days of the incident. Once the affidavit is filed:
To learn more about the procedural provisions of animal hearings, please visit Chapter 8.36 of the Animal Code.
Permits for Kennels, Catteries and Wild Animals Facilities: No person may maintain a kennel, cattery or wild animal facility within the County without an annual permit. Exceptions are listed in the County Code. The shelter has the authority to conduct an investigation of applicant's background and the physical condition of the premises if necessary and the shelter has the authority to deny or revoke a permit if the conditions are not met.