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Animal Control
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Animal Running At Large
Dogs and Cats
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The City of Springfield Animal Control Division consists of two (2) full-time animal control officers under the supervision of the Springfield Police Department. These officers are responsible for enforcing the animal control ordinances of the City of Springfield. The Animal Shelter is located on Industrial Drive near its intersection with Josephine Street.

Animal control officers are available Monday through Saturday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. each day. The officers' primary responsibility is to respond to citizen complaints about animal control ordinance violations. The officers patrol the streets looking for stray animals that are running at large or running without an approved rabies tag. They also look for lost pets, investigate bite cases, investigate pit bull registrations, pick up wounded or dead animals, and operate and maintain the Animal Shelter.

It is unlawful to keep farm animals, domestic fowl or livestock within the city limits, unless the property is zoned agriculture and contains five (5) or more acres. It is also unlawful to allow these animals to run at large.


Vaccination Required
All dogs and cats over six (6) months of age must be vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian and a certificate of vaccination issued to the owner.

Running at large and rabies tags
Any dog found running at large or any dog or cat found without a proper rabies tag may be seized. Any owner whose dog is found to be running at large or whose dog or cat has not been vaccinated against rabies will be issued a citation.

Impoundment of dogs or cats
When any dog is found running at large or when any dog or cat is found without the proper rabies tag, it is impounded, and the owner, if the dog or cat bears a tag of identification, is sent by mail a postcard addressed to the last known mailing address or notified in person, to appear within five (5) days to redeem the dog or cat, or the animal will be disposed of.

An owner appearing to redeem his dog or cat must pay an impoundment fee of thirty dollars ($30.00) and a boarding fee of ten dollars ($10.00) per day or fraction thereof the animal remains unclaimed. If the dog or cat has not been vaccinated, the owner must, before regaining possession of the animal, have it vaccinated and licensed and present the license registration to the Animal Control Division. No impounded dog is released without wearing a collar and a leash.

The payment of the fees and the delivery of the dog or cat to the owner do not relieve the owner from any other penalty for the violation.

Stray animals or animals without an identification tag
Unlicensed or unclaimed dogs or cats are impounded for a period of three (3) days and may be disposed of thereafter by adoption or euthanasia. Any unidentified dog or cat suffering from rabies or other infectious or dangerous disease, or appearing to be in misery, may be disposed of immediately.

Dogs or cats which have bitten persons or are suspected of having rabies
If a dog or cat has bitten any person, or is suspected of having bitten any person, or is for any reason suspected of being infected with rabies, the animal control officer may cause the animal to be confined or isolated for such time as it is deemed necessary by the city veterinarian to protect the safety of people and of property.

Any dog that attacks or bites a person or a domestic animal without provocation will be impounded and the owner issued a citation for having a "vicious dog".

Adoption of Dogs or Cats
Any responsible person wishing to adopt a dog or cat may do so by going to the Animal Shelter, picking out an animal, and paying the required fees. The adoption fees are twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for a dog and twenty dollars ($20.00) for a cat. A spay/neuter fee of twenty-five ($25.00) is also required. The spay/neuter fee will be refunded if the person adopting the animal provides proper documentation of the procedure to the city.

Noisy Dogs
It is unlawful for any person to own, keep or harbor any dog that annoys or disturbs the peace and quiet of any neighborhood. If a noisy pet is disturbing you or your neighborhood, please call the Animal Control Division or the Police Department and an officer will respond to your residence. You will be asked to sign a private prosecutor form and report to court to prosecute the owner of the dog.

It is unlawful to own or keep a pit bull dog within the City of Springfield without following the required ordinance. All owners of pit bulls must register their dogs, provide identification photographs of the dogs, and must have proper signs posted warning people of a pit bull on premises. All pit bulls must be kenneled in a structure that is fully enclosed and locked and no dog can go outside its kennel or pen without being muzzled and securely leashed with a leash no longer than four (4) feet in length.

All structures used to confine pit bull dogs must be locked with a key or combination lock when such animals are within the structure and the structure must have a secure floor attached to the sided of the pen or the sides of the pen must be embedded in the ground no less than two (2) feet.


All City of Springfield ordinances pertaining to animal control can be referenced in Title 10 of the Springfield Municipal Code. Please return to the Home Page and click on Springfield Municipal Code for the relevant title and chapters.

City of Springfield Animal Shelter
507 Industrial Drive
Springfield, Tennessee 37172
Mailing Address: 802 Willow Street
Springfield, Tennessee 37172
Animal Shelter Telephone: (615) 384-9289
Police Dept. Telephone: (615) 384-8422
(615) 382-2212 (Fax)



The City of Springfield does not discriminate based on race, color, or national origin in federal or state sponsored programs, pursuant to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000d). La Ciudad de Springfield no discrimina basado en la carrera, el color ni el origen nacional en federal ni el estado patrocino los programas, para Titular conforme a VI del Acto de Derechos Civiles de 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000d).


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