Everyone loves a charming, youthful, exuberant, and playful little puppy or kitten. However, our pets quickly grow up and can become a public nuisance if they are not cared for, groomed, and disciplined like the rest of the community.
The Pierre Police Department employs an Animal Control Officer (ACO) in it’s efforts to control animals within the City of Pierre. John Waggoner is the Animal Control Officer for the Pierre Police Department. The ACO is responsible for enforcing city ordinances, including but not limited to:
- Abuse / Neglect
- Animals at Large
- Animals Disturbing the Peace
How to Avoid Complaints
Since the ACO cannot be on duty all hours of the day, here are a few simple tips pet owners should follow to avoid problems or complaints:
- Dogs love chicken and many food like we do. If you have chicken
bones or food particles in your trash, don't place your trash bags at the
curb until the morning of trash pickup. Dogs and many other
non-domestic animals can smell chicken bones and food particles from
a long distance. They will tear into trash bags left at the curb overnight.
- Do not leave your pet in your vehicle during warm weather, even with a
window left open. A study by the Animal Protection Institute showed that
even moderately warm temperatures outside can quickly lead to deadly
temperatures inside a vented vehicle.
- Don't leave your pet outside if you are not home. Dogs will bark for numerous reasons when their owner is not
present. A barking pet can be very annoying for a person who works the night shift when a neighbor has gone
shopping and left their pet outside.
- Enclose open areas, such as the base of a storage shed, decks, outside stairs, or anywhere skunks, rabbits,
raccoons, and other non-domestic animals can get into and harbor.
- Pets must be on an attached leash that is controlled by its handler. Do not allow your pet to come into physical
contact with a person using a public sidewalk, including the sidewalk at the pet owner's residence.