Animal Control

The Greenfield Police Department provides Animal Control Services for the City of Greenfield. The Chief Animal Control Officer in Greenfield has the right to make inspections to enforce the animal control code of the City of Greenfield by entering into any building or upon any property within the city when there is a reasonable cause to believe that the keeping or the maintaining of any animal is hazardous, unsafe or dangerous.

Every person owning or having charge, care or control over any dog shall, after his/her dog attains the age of 4 months, must annually secure a license and tag for such dog. The tag shall be attached to a collar or harness upon such dog and during the term of the license. Every person owning or having charge, care or control over any dog shall, immediately after his dog attains the age of four 4 months and at intervals of not more than 24 months thereafter secure the vaccination of the dog by a licensed veterinarian with a canine anti-rabies vaccine of a type approved by the state Department of Public Health.

General Regulations

  • It is unlawful for any person owning or having charge, care or control of any dog, to suffer or permit any such dog to run at large within the city.
  • A total of no more than 4 weaned household pets may be kept at one site.
  • Household pets shall be kept in a manner that does not damage or pose hazards to people or property and that does not generate offensive dust, odors or noise.
  • No person who owns, or has custody or control of a cat over the age of 4 months shall allow such cat to remain unaltered, unless the cat is certified by a licensed veterinarian as not being suitable for spaying or neutering due to health reasons.
  • The keeping of a vicious or unsafe animal is unlawful and a public nuisance. Whenever the animal control officer has reason to believe that any animal is vicious or unsafe, she may issue an order directing the owner of such animal to abate such nuisance by disposing of the animal or by adequately confining the animal as provided in Section 6.14.040 of City Code.
  • It shall be the duty of the animal control officer to seize and impound any dog or other animal found running at large in violation.

Fines & Punishment

The following fines will be enforced for any violation of the City's Animal Control Ordinance in any 12 month time period:
  1. At the 1st violation, a fine of $100.
  2. At the 2nd violation, a fine of $200.
  3. At the 3rd violation, a fine of $300.
  4. At the 4th and every subsequent violation, $500.
Any person who in any manner interferes or attempts to interfere with any duly authorized enforcement officer in the performance of any duty imposed by the provisions of City Ordinance, and every person who unlawfully takes or attempts to take any dog or other animal seized pursuant to the provisions of City Ordinance from the custody of the duly authorized enforcement officer, and any person who removes or attempts to remove from the public pound any dog or other animal impounded therein without having first redeemed the same or obtained the permission of an authorized enforcement officer to do so, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.