Reporting Animal Issues
The City of Canton has one full time Animal Control Officer who provides field services for the Canton community. He responds to aggressive and dangerous dogs, injured animals, stray or lost animals. Additionally, he handles barking dog complaints, dead animal removal, investigating reports of animal cruelty, and public education. Title 6 of the Canton Municipal Code covers animals.
If you need Animal Control assistance, call the City Animal Control Hotline at (601) 859-2121. All calls will be handled on a priority basis. For emergencies involving immediate threats to public safety or injured animals, call 911.
Threats to Public Safety
Threats include dogs running loose that have bitten a human, vicious or scared dogs running in traffic or in neighborhoods. Loose horses or livestock roaming in traffic are also a threat to public safety. An area patrol may be made for aggressive dogs but a formal complaint signed by a witness or witnesses is required for civil and criminal penalties. A complaint consists of the address of the owner of the animal, the owner's name and telephone number if possible, and a description of the incident to include a description of the animal or animals and the location where the incident occurred. A written complaint may be completed by calling the animal control officer to your home or by mailing a signed statement, including your name, address and telephone number, to City of Canton Animal Control, 200 Park Drive, Canton, MS 39046.
Injured animals should be called in to the animal control officer. After normal service hours, citizens should call 9-1-1.
The animal control officer will pick up stray animals. However, pick-ups must be completed by 3:30 p.m. to allow the animal control officer ample travel time and processing of the stray animal. Citizens may request a stray animal patrol if they know of a specific problem in their neighborhood. Please provide the description of the dog and the owner information if known.
If your pet is lost or missing, you may contact us for assistance.
Barking dog complaints are handled by a petition process that requires a minimum of (3) complaining parties documenting dates, times and duration of a barking nuisance. A description of the dog, or dogs including the owner's name, address and telephone number is also required. A petition packet containing instructions and (3) statement forms are mailed to a complainant. The completed packet may be forwarded to animal control as previously mentioned. The officer will then contact the owner of the nuisance dog and issue a warning notice. Future documented disturbances may result in a declaration of a noise nuisance and hearings that could result in civil and or criminal penalties. A nuisance animal may be required to be removed from the City of Canton.
Complaints involving dog bites to humans and animals, animal neglect, cruelty, abuse, or general nuisance problems such as trespass require one or more witnesses to file a written statement documenting the date, time, and location of the incident, animal description as well as the owner information if known. Completed statements can be forwarded to animal control as previously mentioned. A dog that has bitten a human must be captured and appropriately quarantined for a ten day period. Anonymous complaints can be made but any enforcement beyond a verbal warning requires the filing of a formal complaint. Complaints may be filed by calling the animal control officer to your home, by dropping off your statement at City Hall or mailing the complaint to the previously mentioned police station address.