Animal Control Overview
Various Animal control activities including licensing dog and cats, reporting dangerous animals dog and cats at large, farm animals in the city, pet shops and fanciers are regulated and controlled through licensing, permits, and inspections. This overview covers all the categories of; Animal Bites, Dog/Cat Licensing, Animal Fancier, Animal Noise, Wild Animal Capture, Dangerous Animals, Dogs/Cats running at large and littering, Farm Animals in the City, Pet Shops, Pet Grooming, Kennels, Stables, Animal Keeper Fees and Prohibited Dangerous Animals Wild/Exotic Animals brought into the City. If you still cannot find what you are looking for, call the DNS general number of (414) 286-2268.
ANIMAL BITES (excluding birds, reptiles, or small rodents)
Any time an animal, residing in the City of Milwaukee, bites or scratches resulting in the skin being broken, the bite/scratch should be reported to the Department of Neighborhood Services at 286-2268. After normal business hours, contact the Milwaukee Police Department 933-4444. The person reporting the bite/scratch should have the following information available:
Address of Animal, Name and Phone Number of Animal Owner (if known)
Name, Address, Age and Phone Number of Victim
Location of Wound (i.e. hand, leg, face, etc.)
Circumstances surrounding the bite/scratch
Once the inspector receives the bite report, a visit will be made to the animal owner's home. The animal will be quarantined in the home for 10-14 days starting the date of the bite. After this period of time, the inspector will release the animal from quarantine by making another visit to the animal owner's home. At each visit, the animal must be observed by the inspector. During a quarantine period, no animal shall be taken for walks, left unattended outdoors, or be allowed to leave its premises for any reason. All animals are normally quarantined in their home unless the owner requests that the animal be taken to MADACC for quarantine, the animal was loose at the time of bite and apprehended by either the Police, Humane Officers or Health Officers, or the animal's owner does not obey quarantine restrictions and this is brought to the Department of Neighborhood Service's attention.
Action to take for Animal Bites.pdf-A guide to help determine the best course of action after an animal bite. Test your knowledge of rabies and how to avoid a greater risk of becoming infected.
Any complaints regarding the number of animal residing in a dwelling unit can be sent to the Department of Neighborhood Services' Residential Section at 286-2759. No more than three adult dogs and/or cats are allowed in any one dwelling unit. In single and two-family dwelling units, a fourth or fifth dog and/or cat can reside if the owner/tenant has an Animal Fancier permit obtained through our office. Call (414) 286-5771 for information about requirements, limitations, inspections, and fees related to operating as an Animal Fancier. There is a cost to obtain the Fancier Permit and an annual inspection of the dwelling unit is required. More frequent inspections may be allowed on a complaint basis. Animal fancier permits are not allowed in multiple dwelling units. Anyone violating this will be subject to prosecution. For a current list of fees for animals, go to www.city.milwaukee.gov/animalfees.
Rottweiler and Pitbull brochure DNS-360.pdf Learn the rules and regualtions for housing, fencing, leashing, and handling of Pittbulls and Rottweiler breed dogs.
Requistos de la ordenanzade le ciudad de Milwaukee para los Pitbull y Rottweiler (Spanish) DNS-360.pdf Correas y licencias, la cerca o jaula, asistencia a clases de compor-tamiento de perros, límites de edad para dueños, y distancia de la vía pública
Animals...Problem or Pleasure brochure DNS-345.pdf Rules that apply to all common dogs and cats in the City of Milwaukee. Information on licensing, care, treatment, leashing, cleanup and more.
Animals Lost and Found in Milwaukee
Lost animals in the City of Milwaukee are collected and sheltered at the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC) at 43rd and Burham St. Please follow this link to learn more about how to claim your lsot pet or report a problem with animals at large. MADACC WEB SITE.
BARKING DOGS OR OTHER ANIMAL NOISES
All animal noise complaints should be referred to the Department of Neighborhood Services (DNS). A letter stating the animal's address, the complainant's name, address and phone number and a general description of the problem must be sent to DNS Residential Division, 4001 S. 6th St., Milwaukee, WI 53221. After the DNS verifies both addresses, a warning letter will be typed. The letter will be mailed to the animal owner’s home along with literature and a copy of the applicable ordinance. The landlord will also be notified if necessary. The complainant will then be sent a follow-up letter informing him/her of what was sent to the animal owner along with a petition for commencement of prosecution. If the noise problem continues after the complainant receives the petition, the complainant must document dates and times that it is occurring and return it to DNS. He/she should also try to get at least one person from another household, who is bothered by the noise, to sign the petition. Once DNS receives the petition a citation will be issued ONLY if THE COMPLAINANT IS WILLING TO APPEAR IN COURT AND FACE THE DOG OWNER. To make further complaints call DNS at (414) 286-2268.
PROHIBITED AND DANGEROUS ANIMALS (s. 78-23)
Any animal which, when unprovoked, bites or inflicts bodily harm on a person, domestic pet or animal on public or private property can be declared dangerous. Any animal which chases or approaches a person in a menacing fashion or apparent attitude of attack without provocation upon the streets, sidewalks or any public grounds or on private property without the permission of the owner or person in lawful control of the property can be declared dangerous. An animal with a known propensity, tendency or disposition to attack, to cause injury to, or to otherwise threaten the safety of humans or other domestic pets or animals can be declared dangerous. (An animal shall not be deemed dangerous if it bites defending its owner or caretaker, protecting its young or another animal, defends itself against any person or animal which has tormented, assaulted or abused it, or is defending it's owner or caretaker's property against trespassers.) When an animal has been declared dangerous by the Department of Neighborhood Services, a Dangerous Animal Order will be issued to the animal owner or caretaker. Within 7 days, the owner has two options: 1) to comply with Sections 78-23-1 through 7 and 10 of the Milwaukee Code of Ordinances, or 2) have the animal destroyed by MADACC or a licensed veterinarian as pursuant to Section 78-23-11 of the Milwaukee Code of Ordinances. Sections 78-23-1 through 7 and 10 of the Milwaukee Code of Ordinances are as follows: Whenever an owner or caretaker wishes to contest an order, he or she shall, within 72 hours after receipt of the order, deliver to DNS a written objection to the order. The Department of Neighborhood Services then convenes the dangerous animal hearing panel.
Special rules for owners of pit bulls and ROTTWEILER have recently been exacted in the City of Milwaukee. Learn more about this ordinance here ->Pit bull Brochure DNS-360.pdf Or Spanish Version of DNS-360.
All dogs and cats over the age of five months, residing in the City of Milwaukee, must be licensed annually. Lack of a dog/cat license for your pet could result in you receiving a citation for each unlicensed pet. Anyone interested in obtaining a dog/cat license should call the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC) 414-649-8640 www.madacc.org. For a current list of fees for animals, go to www.city.milwaukee.gov/animalfees.
WILD ANIMAL OR STRAYS CAPTURE
The city no Longer performs animal capture services. All requests for capture of nuisance animals such as skunks, raccoons, stray dogs or cats, etc. should be referred to an animal control service or pest control service. Stray dogs or cats, etc. should be referred to the new Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission MADACC. It can be reached at 414-649-8640 or www.madacc.org.
DOGS/CATS RUNNING AT LARGE AND LITTERING
All complaints regarding dogs and cats running at large and littering should be phoned in to 286-2268. The exact address of the violating animal and the complainant's name, address and phone number will be needed. After the addresses have been verified by the clerk, a warning letter mailed to the animal owner's home. The complainant will then be mailed a follow-up letter and a petition for commencement of prosecution. If the problem persists after the complainant receives the petition, the complainant must document dates and time get it to DNS. He/she should try to get at least one person from another household bothered by the problem to sign the petition. Once DNS receives the petition a citation will be issued. A CITATION WILL NOT BE ISSUED UNLESS THE COMPLAINANT IS WILLING TO APPEAR IN THE CITY ATTORNEY'S OFFICE. To make further complaints call DNS at 286-2268.
If a stray animal is running loose at the present time, call MADACC at 649-8640, or web www.madacc.org or call your local Police District.
FARM ANIMALS IN THE CITY
The following animals are prohibited within the city either temporarily or permanently: live bees without permit, fowl, cows, cattle, horses, sheep, swine, goats, chickens without permit, ducks, turkeys, geese or any other domesticated livestock. Exceptions are places approved by the Commissioner of Health for slaughtering, educational purposes, research purposes and for circuses or similar recreational events.
Information about bees that can be kept with a permit can be found on the Brochures page of Public Information for DNS. Click here-->TO GO TO BEE KEEPING PAGE. Go to the DNS SECTIONS page and then select PUBLIC INFORMATION and then BROCHURES. Scroll down to Environmental and Nuisance Section. and select DNS-309 Bee Keeping brochure.
Information about chickens that can be kept with a permit can be found on the Brochures page of Public Information for DNS. Go to the DNS SECTIONS page and then select PUBLIC INFORMATION and then BROCHURES. Scroll down to Environmental and Nuisance Section. and select DNS-361 Chicken Keeping Brochure.
PET SHOPS, GROOMING ESTABLISHMENTS, KENNELS, STABLES
Any complaints regarding the above listed establishments should be directed to the Department of Neighborhood Services' Residential Section at 286-5771. The above establishments are subject to yearly inspections, or more frequent inspections on a complaint basis. For a current list of fees for animals, go to www.city.milwaukee.gov/animalfees
ANIMAL KEEPER FEES
For a current list of fees for animals, go to www.city.milwaukee.gov/animalfees
PROHIBITED DANGEROUS ANIMAL (s.78-25)
An animal that is determined to be a prohibited dangerous animal under s. 78-25 of the Milwaukee Code of Ordinances include:
- Any animal that kills a domestic pet or animal without provocation while off of the owner or caretaker's property.
- Any animal that inflicts substantial bodily harm on a person without provocation on public or private property.
- Any animal brought into Milwaukee from another Wisconsin city, village, town or county in which it has been declared dangerous or vicious, has been banished from the city, village, town or county or has been ordered to be destroyed.
- Any dog that is subject to being destroyed under s. 174.02(3) of the Wisconsin Statutes.
-Any dog trained, owned or harbored for the purpose of dog fighting.
When an animal has been declared a prohibited dangerous animal, a Prohibited Dangerous Animal Order will be issued on the animal owner. The animal must either be removed from the City of Milwaukee within 7 days of receipt of order or destroyed. The order may be appealed in writing within 72 hours of receipt of order to the Department of Neighborhood Services.
WILD/EXOTIC ANIMALS BROUGHT INTO CITY
Any person wanting to bring a horse, cow, wild cat, etc. into the city for a private party, special event, petting zoo, festival, etc. shall submit in writing to the Department of Neighborhood Services' Residential Section a letter providing the following information:
How will the animal(s) be brought into the City and who will bring them in?
Where is the animal(s) usually kept?
How long will the animal(s) be here?
How will the animal(s) be held?
How will they take the animal(s) back?
When is the animal to enter and leave the City Limits?
They must guarantee us that the animal(s) will have food, water and shelter. Animal(s) must be kept 100 feet from a food service area or where food is being prepared. Feces must be picked up routinely, kept in covered containers and disposed of properly. If the animal bites, the bite must be reported to Residential Section of DNS and also to the jurisdiction of where the animal resides. For more information call the Department of Neighborhood Services at 286-2268.