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A copy of the city ordinances concerning animals can be obtained by contacting the city clerk's office at 734.794.6140 or at the online Ann Arbor Code of Ordinances.

Reasonable Control (Leash Laws)

Dogs must be secured by a leash held by the owner or the owner's agent when walking, and dogs must be secured by a leash which is attached to a stationary object and attended by the owner or the owner's agent when on premises or confined in a vehicle. Sidewalks and lawn extensions are public. Dogs should not be left tied outside stores and restaurants while the owners are inside. All animal control regulations (leash laws) also apply to parks.

Nuisances

Noise nuisances are defined as an animal that is barking, howling, meowing, squawking or making other sounds, frequently or for a continued duration, which annoys, endangers, injures or disturbs a person of normal sensitivities on premises other than that occupied by the owner of the animal.

Sanitation nuisances are any unsanitary conditions resulting from animal droppings, food waste, debris, or anything else which causes vermin infestation, odors or disease hazards.

Waste Clean-up Penalties

If a dog (except for leader dogs for the blind) discharges it's feces on property other than that of its owner, and the owner does not immediately remove such feces, a ticket can be issued.

Dog Licenses

An owner can be issued a violation if a dog older than 6 months is not licensed or is not wearing a license tag. Dog licenses can be obtained from the city clerk's office, located in Larcom City Hall, second floor. Call 734.794.6140 for more information. Please bring in paperwork from the rabies vaccination.  

Animal Bites

  • All wounds should be washed immediately with soap and water.
  • The victim should contact their doctor or medical facility as soon as possible.
  • A report should be made with the Ann Arbor Police Department if it occurred within the city limits.
  • Obtain owner information or contain the animal if possible.
  • Note: There is a bite inspection fee of $30.

Impounded Dogs

If a dog is not wearing a current Ann Arbor dog license, the owner will need proof of current rabies vaccination and a dog license prior to impound release. If the dog needs a rabies vaccination, the owner will need to make arrangements with the Humane Society of Huron Valley prior to release. The owner will need to bring necessary paperwork to the AAPD front desk on the second floor of the Ann Arbor Justice Center, 301 E. Huron St.

There is a $65 impoundment fee per dog. There may be a ticket based on the violation. The owner will be given paperwork for the dog’s release. The owner will then have to pick the dog up at the Humane Society of Huron Valley, 3100 Cherry Hill Road. The Humane Society will charge fees based on the length of time the dog is at there. Visit the Humane Society online for hours or call 734.662.5585, ext.105, or 734.662.4365 (clinic).

Other information

If the owner of a cat older than 6 months fails to have it at all times immunized against rabies, the owner would be in violation of the city ordinance and a ticket may be issued.
City ordinance states that no person shall keep or house any animals or domestic fowl within the city except dogs, cats, rabbits, canaries or small animals commonly classified as pets which are customarily kept or housed inside dwellings as household pets.

A patrol officer will respond to calls based on priority and availability. They will provide assistance with certain types of problems. They do not remove skunks or bats. Citizens can locate pest control services (wildlife, bees, wasps, etc) in the yellow pages or online.

Local Wildlife Rescue

Bird Rescue: 734.761.9640

Friends of Wildlife Rescue: 734.913.9843

The Humane Society of Huron Valley houses stray animals and adopts animals and operates a spay and neuter clinic. They provide rescues for sick and injured animals 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The address is 3100 Cherry Hill Road; office business hours are noon to 6 p.m.; phone number is 734.662.5585, ext.105, or 734.662.4365 (clinic).

In emergency situations, call 9-1-1. For nonemergencies call 734.994.2911​.

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