Animal Control & Nuisance - Community Services Code Enforcement
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GRPD Animal Shelter
The community services division consists of the following sections:
- Pet Licensing
- Adopt a Pet
- GRPD Animal Programs
- Obstructed View
- Nuisance Property
The Animal Shelter is home to the Green River Animal Control, this division consists of two full-time Animal Control Officers and two part-time Animal Control Officers, (aka ACO’s).
ACO’s patrol our City looking for lost or stray animals and respond to animal calls within the city limits.
ACO’s handle calls such as;
- Barking Dog and/or Nuisance Complaints (City ordinance 6-4a) No time restrictions on barking dogs, and yes, that Rooster can be considered a nuisance.
- Nuisance Complaints (City ordinance 6-4b) Yes you have to scoop after they poop!
- Animals at Large (City ordinance 6-21) Yes, even Turkeys!
- Animal Bites (City ordinance 6-22) All bites must be reported even if it is your own puppy.
- Animal Cruelty Cases (City ordinance 6-3)
- Vicious Animals (City ordinance 6-22) Did you know a dog does not have to bite to be considered vicious.
- Too Many Animals (City ordinance 6-23) Did you know you can only have 3 dogs or cats!
- Livestock and Exotic animals (City ordinance 6-2) No, miniature pigs are not allowed in City limits.
- Wild Animals- Must have a permit to keep that alligator in your tub!
If you have a problem with any animal, whether yours, your neighbor’s, or a wild animal that is not where it should be or is doing something you wish it weren’t, call Dispatch.
If we can’t help, we may know who can or how you may be able to fix it yourself.
Call us if;
- You see a stray animal
- You suspect there is an animal in danger or a victim of cruelty.
- There is a dangerous or vicious animal (Please do not approach)
- You or someone you know is bitten by an animal
- You need to rent a live animal trap* - have a skunk hanging around!
Do not use your own trap, we have special skunk traps, no one likes smelling like a skunk!
***We will only pick up skunks if they are in our designated traps
Licensing your pet is a requirement in Green River, per ordinance (6-31 License required).
Pet licenses can be obtained at the Green River Police Department, Animal Control Shelter or both Veterinary Clinics in Green River.
All cats, dogs, and ferrets, as early as four months old can be vaccinated for Rabies and must be licensed with the City of Green River.
To obtain a City license, the owner must provide a current Rabies Certificate at the time the license is issued. View Animal License Form
- Pets spayed/neutered - $10.00
- Non-spayed/neutered - $30.00
Licenses coincide with your Rabies vaccine and will expire when your Rabies vaccination expires and/or from two years past the date the Rabies vaccination was given.
Owners of any pets not eligible for licensing must obtain a permit from the City Administrator.
Animals Taken into the Animal Shelter
All animals impounded up by the Green River Police Department are taken to the Green River Animal Shelter. Once the animal is booked in, every attempt will be made to locate the owner.
Fees to reclaim a pet from the animal shelter are:
- $20 impound fee plus
- $5 per day board
Any animal*, not retrieved after 5 days will become the property of the Green River Animal Shelter and can be put up for adoption unless arrangements have been made.
*Exclusions: Animal bites, cruelty cases, and vicious animals.
At our shelter we have a very high adoption rate, we treat each animal that comes our way with great care and compassion. We make every attempt to place an animal in a good forever home.
We participate in many different adoption events throughout the year. The animals we still can’t place still have a chance, we have many organizations and rescues that have helped us place animals.
Small Town Community Cats
To adopt a pet come down to the animal shelter during shelter hours or attend one of our adoption events. To view animals currently up for adoption check out Petfinder.
- Kittens* (under 12 months) $20
- Puppies* (under 12 months) $40
- Cats* (over 12 months) $10
- Dogs* (over 12 months) $30
- Other (Rabbits, Ferrets, Turtles, etc.) $20.00
*Pets are not spayed or neutered unless they come in that way.
Check out our GRPD programs page to see some of GRPD Animal Control’s sponsored programs.
- Reduced price vaccine clinics
- Reduced price spay and neuter clinics
- Animal food/supply drives
The nuisance enforcement officer patrols our City looking for nuisance properties, parking violations and responds to calls in reference to violations of City ordinances in chapter 17, and chapter 24 to include:
- Weeds (City ordinance 17-1) Weeds in excess of 12 inches must be trimmed.
- Obstruction to view street signs (City ordinance 17-2) Bushes, trees, shrubs, hedges, gardens, fences, walls or structures cannot block or obstruct passage or views.
- Nuisance Property-General (City ordinance 17-3) Property that interferes with the use and enjoyment of the property of another, or which is detrimental to health, safety or welfare of the inhabitants of the City.
- Parking near curb or intersection
- Obstruction of streets or sidewalks
- Parking of motor vehicles and towed vehicles on streets and alleyways
It shall be unlawful for the owner or operator of any towed vehicle to park the same on any street or alley within the city for a period of time of more than seventy-two (72) consecutive hours. The term "towed vehicle" shall mean any type of wheeled vehicle, regardless of the use for which it is designed, which is to be pulled by any motor vehicle.
- Parking on city property, prohibited
- No-parking zones
- Fire Lanes
- Fire hydrants
- Reserved parking for the physically disabled
For a complete list of Parking violations visit (City ordinance Sections 24 to 19 -- 24 to 20).