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City Animal Ordinances

The City of Fayetteville has established a list of ordinances to ensure the welfare of all animals, domestic and wild, within the Fayetteville city limits.  The ordinances are also designed to protect citizens from animals.  The ordinances are enforced by the City's Animal Services Officers, and violations of City Ordinances may result in citations being issued or other legal actions. 

Fayetteville Animal Services Officers patrol and respond to animal-related complaints and calls and are nationally trained and certified to handle aggressive and hurt animals. Officers have the authority to cite citizens for city and state animal violations such as cruelty, running at large or failure to vaccinate against rabies.  Officers answer emergency calls such as animal bites against humans, lost or stray animals that have been injured, wildlife in a residence, and livestock in roadways. The emergency service is operated 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Animal cruelty complaints are also investigated by the officers. If you have witnessed cruelty please call 575-8260 or 444-3456 as soon as possible. After business hours please call the Fayetteville Police Department at 587-3555. 

All of the Ordinance offenses apply to dogs and cats. You may view a complete and printable version of the ordinances here.