Animal Control

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 (only when wild animals are within a living space)
  • barking dogs
  • dead animal removal (only on public property)
  • 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 is authorized to write citations or tickets and to carry a handgun, shotgun and Taser. The animal warden wears a solid blue 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 1-248- 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.

Southfield residents may also call the City’s special Eyes on Southfield hotline, 1-248-796-EYES, 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week to report dead animals or any code issues.

Licensing Your Pets

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 or click here for license information.

Records Bureau