Animal Services

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The Division of Animal Services enforces the County's Animal Ordinance and the Florida Laws relating to animals, provides an animal adoption program, picks up and shelters stray, sick and/or injured animals, issues rabies license/certificates, investigates animal cruelty and neglect, and quarantines animals that have bitten someone. read on About

Impounded Australian Shepherds

Pursuant to the requirements of Florida Statutes, two Australian Shepherds who attacked and caused severe injuries to a child on Dec. 24, 2012 have been euthanized in a humane manner. Since the time of the attack, and while legal proceedings were conducted, the dogs were quarantined in a safe and humane manner. Their owner was afforded the opportunity to oppose the initial determination by way of administrative hearing, which resulted in an extensive order finding that the dogs were dangerous and should be euthanized as the result of their unprovoked attack, which caused severe injuries on a human being. Florida Statute 767.13(1) requires a dog to be destroyed if it attacks a person or animal without provocation.

The initial order has been upheld by the court. Neither state nor federal courts decided to overturn the factual findings of the hearing officer. The Manatee County Commission has no authority to overrule the judge's decision enforcing a state statute. The hearing officer's decision was the final decision, as required by Florida law.

The County will have no further comment on the matter. read on Impounded Australian Shepherds

Shelter Statistics

On October 11, 2011, Manatee County became the first in the State of Florida to have the Board of County Commissioners approve a Resolution and Plan to become a No Kill Community.

Click here to see our calendar year statistics... read on Shelter Statistics

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Adoption Central

Adoption Central

See all of the dogs and cats at our shelter and learn about our adoption program. read on Adoption Central

Lost and Found Pets

Lost and Found Pets

Dogs and cats are impounded at our shelter facility that were found to be in violation of our animal laws or turned in by a concerned citizen. If you have lost your dog or cat, we encourage you to visit our shelter to see if we may have your pet. read on Lost and Found Pets

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

If you are interested in volunteering please click here....... read on Volunteer Opportunities

Events and Special Programs

Look for upcoming events and find out more about special programs available. read on Events and Special Programs

Owner Resources

For information on surrendering your pet and pet services please click here....... read on Owner Resources

Additional Resources

Click Here for more animal related resources......... read on Additional Resources

Animal Ordinance

Animal Ordinance

A complete guide to your animal laws in Manatee County. read on Animal Ordinance

Licensing Your Pet

What is a pet license?

Do I need one?

Where can I get one? read on Licensing Your Pet

Disaster Planning and Your Pets

What you should know about disasters and your pets. read on Disaster Planning and Your Pets

Dangerous Dogs

Click Here to view dogs that have been declared dangerous through Florida Statute 767. read on Dangerous Dogs

Coyotes are here to stay in Manatee County

Coyotes are highly adaptable animals that came to Florida in the 1970s and will continue to make their homes in suitable habitats in the county read on Coyotes are here to stay in Manatee County