Welcome to the Massillon Police Animal Control
The City of Massillon is the only political subdivision in Stark County that provides comprehensive animal control for its citizens. Officer Vicki Davis is the Animal Control Officer for our city, with more than 21 years of on-the-job experience. Officer Davis works to resolve all animal related problems with a minimal amount of stress to the complainant and the animal involved. Officer Davis works Monday through Friday, 8:30AM to 4:30PM. Shift Supervisors make the determination if Officer Davis will be called out for after normal work hour emergencies.
The mission of animal control is the legal enforcement of animal related laws and ordinances and the safe removal of wildlife on residential or business properties in the City of Massillon.
Officer Davis' duties are:
- Securing dogs, cats, and other domestic animals that run loose.
- Checking dog licenses, and rabies tags on dogs, cats and ferrets.
- Investigating reports of abandoned animals.
- Investigating reports of cruelty or neglect of animals.
- Assisting injured domestic animals and securing immediate medical care.
- Securing injured wildlife, and when necessary, humane euthanasia.
- Investigation and seizure of prohibited animals. (A list of such animals can be obtained from Officer Davis upon request).
- Barking problems.
- Vicious dogs and related ordinances.
- Bite investigations and quarantine enforcement.
- Wildlife (Live Trapping) from under and inside homes, basements, attics, garages, sheds and businesses.
- Securing wildlife for rabies testing when there has been exposure (bite, scratch, saliva) to humans or domestic animals.
- School programs and presentations.
- Mediate animal disputes between neighbors.
- Purchase and provide free straw during winter.
Do’s and Don’ts
- Do call Officer Davis directly for Animal Control Calls during normal work hours 330-844-1020; call the Red Center at 330-832-9811 for animal related problems after Officer Davis' normal work hours.
- Please put an identification tag on your pet; any animal picked up without identification will be transferred to the Stark County Dog Warden 330-451-2343
- Spay and neuter your pet.
- Purchase a dog license by their 3rd month at Triple AAA or the Trading Post,
and have your pet vaccinated for Rabies by their 4th month.
- Please place your pet’s shelter in a shaded area.
- Do make sure that your pet has fresh water at all times
- Please hold recovered dogs on your property until an Animal Control Officer can pick them up. The Stark County Dog Warden will pick up over the weekend and during holidays, but the dog must be secured.
- Don’t take your pet on shopping trips, even with windows down. The temperature can reach over 100 degrees in 15 minutes or less.
- Don’t over exercise puppies and older dogs, as they are very vulnerable to heat stroke.
- Don’t bring animals to the Massillon Police Department.
- Don’t allow your pet to leave your personal property without a leash.
- Don’t allow your pet to defecate off of your personal property without cleaning it up.
FYI: Animal Control will only pick up kittens, 5 months or younger, or sick and injured cats. Animal Control will pick up cats that don’t meet the above criteria for a $10.00 fee that is required by the Stark County Humane Society.
We are here to serve you!
Officer Vicki Davis