Field Operations

Our agency employs 16 Animal Control Officers and one supervisor to handle all domestic animal-related incidents throughout all of Lee County. Field Operations provides a service to Lee County 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  


Services:

  • Conduct criminal investigations of Florida State Statutes related to domestic animals
  • Assist law enforcement with felony and misdemeanor animal crimes
  • Respond to police calls for emergency assistance 
  • Pick up stray confined or aggressive dogs
  • Respond to injured/sick stray dogs and cats  
  • Check dog breeding for proper veterinary health certificates
  • Register and inspect guard 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) 
    •  Dog fighting complaints
    • Animal cruelty/neglect complaints
    • Unlicensed/unvaccinated dogs/cats
    • Running at large, threatening and menacing offenses
    • Animal hoarding
    • Dog/cat bites
    • Dangerous dogs and monitor compliance       
          

Hours:

  • Sunday-Saturday – 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. – Full Service
  • Holidays – Emergency calls only
  • Late Night – 11:00 p.m. to 8 a.m. – Emergency calls only 

Miscellaneous Information:

  • 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.  
  • 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.
  • Please see Ordinance & Fines for additional information.