Adams County Animal Warden

Policies and Procedures

Calls to the Animal Warden’s office are handled in the following order and given the following priority:

1. Animal Bites: all calls concerning animal bites regardless of the location in Adams County. The Animal Warden will conduct the investigation, fill-out the necessary paperwork, and follow the recommended procedures, including the impounding of the animal, if necessary.

2. Rabies Suspects: The Animal Warden shall follow the recommended procedure for the testing and disposal of animals suspected of having rabies.

3. Livestock Killed or Injured by Dogs: calls concerning livestock being injured or killed by dogs. The call should be investigated in a timely manner. The Animal Warden shall follow the procedure set out in State Statute concerning these calls.

4. Sick and Injured Animals: calls concerning sick or injured animals (dogs, and domestic animals only) found in Adams County, outside the city limits of Quincy. The Animal Warden shall follow the recommended procedures concerning these animals.

5. Dogs Running at Large It is the duty of the owner or custodian of a dog to keep the dog on their property at all times, or have permission for their dog to be on the private property of another person.  Any dog running at large could be subject to a $75 citation per dog for the first offense and $150 thereafter.

6. Stray Animals: calls concerning stray animals (dogs only) when the Warden is free from calls are given higher priority. The Warden shall follow the recommended procedures concerning these animals. The Warden does not answer calls concerning stray animals (dogs only) inside incorporated towns or villages in Adams County unless the town or village has entered into a written agreement with the Animal Warden to do so.

7. Leash Law Violations: The county has no leash law.

 

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