Our agency employs 13 Animal Control Officers, three investigators and one supervisor to handle all domestic animal-related incidents throughout all of Lee County. We are committed to protecting the safety and health of the residents of Lee County. Our agency serves an average county population of 650,000 residents and is responsible for 1,211.89 square miles. Field Operations provides a service to Lee County 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- Conduct criminal investigations of Florida State Statutes related to domestic animals
- Conduct misdemeanor criminal investigations pertinent to mandate of Florida State Statute
- Assist law enforcement with felony and misdemeanor animal crimes
- Respond to police calls for emergency assistance
- Investigate dog fighting complaints
- Investigate animal cruelty/neglect complaints
- Investigate unlicensed/unvaccinated dogs/cats
- Investigate running at large/threatening and menacing offenses
- Investigate animal hoarding
- Investigate dog/cat bites
- Investigate dangerous dogs and monitor compliance
- Respond to injured/sick stray dogs and cats
- Submit case briefs to State Attorney’s Office
- Create proactive initiatives designed to protect the safety of the public and animals
- Provide expert veterinary and field testimony for prosecutorial purposes
- Check dog breeding for proper veterinary health certificates
- Register and inspect guard dogs
- Pick up stray confined or aggressive dogs
- Petition for custody where animals are in neglectful situations
- Process sworn statements and evidence from the public to pursue ordinance violations
- Investigate barking complaints (8 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday through Friday)
- Monday through Friday – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Full Service
- Monday through Friday – 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. – Emergency calls only
- Weekends and Holidays – 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. – Emergency calls only
- All Days/Late Night – 11:30 p.m. to 8 a.m. – Emergency calls only
- Animals cannot be removed from a person or property unless the animal is in distress or has caused the death or serious injury to a person, according to County Ordinance and State Law.
- Rabies follow-up after a bite is handled by the Lee County Health Department; we assist as needed.
- Although it is not the best decision to leave an animal in a motor vehicle unattended, it is not illegal unless the animal is in distress or likely to become distressed from lack of fresh air and water.
- It is illegal to kill or leave poison out for domestic animals or feral cats.
- During a bite investigation we must identify the correct animal involved to pursue ordinance violations or a dangerous dog designation.
- Our Animal Control Officers do not have the authority to physically arrest a person involved in criminal animal cruelty. However, we work closely with all local law enforcement as we pursue these criminal charges.
- During the weekends and night shifts we have an answering service that takes our calls and will relay the emergency calls to the officers. Please call 239-533-7387, ext. 2.
- During the weekend and night shifts we have minimal staffing; depending on call volumes, delays may occur.