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Animal Nuisance Problem

For all barking dog problems after our normal hours of operation, please contact the City of Fayetteville Police Department at 479-587-3555. During normal hours of operation please call the shelter at 479-444-3456.

Residents who sight an animal they believe to be dangerous or vicious should not approach the animal and immediately contact the Animal Services Division at 479-444-3456 . If you encounter a dangerous or vicious animal during times outside our normal operating hours, contact the Police Department at 479-587-3555 and provide the location of the sighting so that the dispatcher can alert the on-call Animal Services Officer. Animals are not determined to be dangerous or vicious merely due to the breed.

For dogs or cats roaming without an owner, please call the Animal Services Division at 479-444-3456. Dog and cat owners are required to keep their dog or cat under their immediate control any time the pet is taken off their property. In order for an Animal Control Officer to issue a citation, the Animal Control Officer must directly observe a violation. For violations that occur outside of an officer's presence, the Animal Services Division may send a letter to the animal owner's residence, or send an officer to speak with the resident.

Fayetteville citizens who have nuisance wildlife that has made entry into the attic or crawlspace of their home can contact Animal Services to request a humane trap to be set. Traps will be set on basis of availability and weather conditions. Citizens are allowed to purchase their own humane trap and Animal Services will respond to calls of animals in privately owned traps. Please go to the link on the right hand side of this page for resources on managing nuisance wildlife.

If you have an animal in your own trap, the City of Fayetteville Animal Control will come, upon request, to pick up your trapped animal and release it into the wild elsewhere. If you set a trap and catch an animal, please call Animal Services at 479-444-3456. An Officer will come, pick up the animal, compassionately release it, and return the trap to you.

If you found a stray animal, contact the City Animal Services at  479-444-3456. Stray animals without license identification are impounded, and many impounded stray animals are placed for public adoption. Animals are not placed on the adoption floor until five (5) days have passed. The City of Fayetteville Animal Shelter has a high rate of adoptions and continuously improves its adoption rate and home-return rate. Regular veterinary care is provided for shelter animals and those injured or sick animals picked up by enforcement officers.

Warnings and or citations are issued to animal owners who are found to be in violation of state laws or city ordinances.

Emergency or After Hours Number

Fayetteville Police Department


Managing Nuisance Wildlife

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