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Effective January 1, 2011, the Humane Society of Midland County will be operating the Animal Shelter at 4371 East Ashman Street. More information can be found at the Midland County Humane Society's website or by calling (989)835-1877.
For animal related complaints, concerns, or questions regarding animal laws, an Animal Control Deputy can be reached at the Midland Law Enforcement Center at 2727 Rodd Street, (989)832-6856
The various functions and services provided by Animal Control are intended to enhance the health and well-being of the residents of Midland County. These functions and services are statutorily optional and County Commission mandated. They are, however, an essential part of County government’s responsibility to uphold the health and safety of the community.
Functions such as the enforcement of a wide variety of animal regulatory laws all contribute to the overall goal of minimizing the domestic animal population in the community. Too many unregulated, or unowned animals at large pose a health hazard by the potential transmission of disease and animal bites, as well as the formation of packs of animals that eventually become a danger to humans and animals alike. The most serious of these disease’s is rabies, an always fatal disease in animals, which can be transmitted by almost all warm blooded animals. It can be controlled in domestic animals by proper rabies inoculations, which is one of the many purposes of required annual licensing of dogs and required vaccinations of cats. Rabies cannot be controlled in wild animals, therefore Animal Control vigorously investigates any possible exposure of rabies from a wild animal.
Procedures and precautions as recommended by the Michigan Department of Public Health are commonly followed by Animal Control and are passed on to the public in an effort to avoid any transmission of rabies virus.
PLEASE REPORT ANIMAL CRUELTY AND ANIMAL BITES TO YOUR LOCAL ANIMAL CONTROL AGENCY.