Location: 7300 Haywood Taylor Blvd.
Office Hours: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday and 9 AM to 1 PM on Saturday
Animal Services is not open on Sundays or holidays.
For More information, call our office at (863) 402-6730 or (863) 655-6476
Highlands County Animal Regulations
- All dogs and cats 4 months of age and over must be vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian. Owners must purchase a valid license tag for each dog or cat so vaccinated. Both dogs and cats must wear a collar with the valid license tag at all times or be implanted with a RFUID microchip. The chip must be registered with Animal Services. Cats also have the option of wearing a county-approved identification collar with the license number marked on it in indelible ink.
- All dogs must remain on the owner’s property at all times unless they are on a leash under the direct control of the person in custody of the animal. Direct control means that the dog remains within your sight and hearing and is trained to obey your commands. Only sexually sterilized cats are allowed off their owner’s property.
- No person other than the property owner shall feed feral cats on public or private property unless authorized by the property owner in writing, a copy of which has been filed with Animal Services.
- Do not allow your dog or cat to be a neighborhood nuisance by barking, soiling or damaging property.
- Outdoor dogs and cats must have appropriate shelter.
- Any person owning, caring for, harboring or keeping an animal must treat the animal humanely at all times. Any animal that is confined must have sufficient quantities of good wholesome food, water, and exercise on a daily basis, be kept in sanitary conditions, provided with sufficient room to stand up, turn around, and sit comfortably, have proper air ventilation and quality of air; and be provided protection from excessive exposure to fleas, ticks, and other harmful insects or external parasites.
- You may not abandon or be cruel or neglectful to your pets.
- Dogs that bite or aggressively chase or approach persons in public property or property other than the owner are subject to the State Dangerous Dog and Rabies Control Laws.
Violations of animal care and control laws may result in civil citations, mandatory court appearances or criminal prosecution. Please comply with the laws of the state and Highlands County.