Animal Control

Did You Know?

  • The Sewer and Water Department maintains over 346 miles of water mains, 217 miles of sanitary sewer, 40 miles of combined sewers and 240 miles of storm sewers.

  • Streets and Highways maintain over 247 mile of local and major roads within the limits of Southfield.

  • The Sewer and Water Department delivers clean dependable drinking water and disposes of it for less than a penny per gallon.

  • A dripping faucet can waste 3 gallons of water a day.

  • A leaking toilet can waste 25,000 gallons per month.



The City of Southfield Animal Warden will assist Southfield residents with most animal-related problems or issues on their property or within their immediate living space. Animal warden services include:

  • animal bite complaints
  • vicious, stray or wild animal concerns
  • barking dogs
  • dead animal removal
  • animal cruelty cases

The animal warden is also available to offer consultation and assistance in reaching a peaceful resolution in cases that the City does not directly handle. The animal warden does not have the powers of a police officer; however, they are authorized to write citations or tickets and to carry a handgun, shotgun and Taser. The animal warden wears a solid green uniform clearly marked as “Southfield Animal Warden” on the front and back. Their assigned vehicle is a white van marked with city of Southfield decals.

An animal assistance hotline has been established at (248) 796-5410. This line directs callers to areas of the police department that can best help them. The warden’s regular work schedule is Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. If residents have an emergency situation they should call 9-1-1, as this system has enhanced identification and locator capabilities.

Residents are reminded that City Ordinance requires all cats and dogs in Southfield to be licensed through the police records bureau. For more information, call the police records bureau at (248) 796-5580.

Southfield residents may also call the City’s special Eyes on Southfield hotline, (248) 796-EYES (3937), 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week to report dead animals or any code issues.