Since 1986 Springfield Animal Control has been patrolling the streets of Springfield in an effort to educate the citizens on the care and laws regarding their pets. Animal Control handles calls from a dog at large to an intense investigation on animal cruelty.
Every effort is made to reunite a dog with its owner. The best way to do this is to have your dog licensed. All licensing is done by mail or in person at the Justice Center. All you have to do is obtain an application and send it in with the rabies certificate and a spay/or neuter certificate (if applicable). You can now license your dog up to 3 years at time. The tags are now permanent, instead of getting new tags every year.
Please note fees have recently changed – make sure you have the most up to date application (1 year price $16, etc.)
The Animal Control Office is open from 8 to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
If you have lost or found a dog in Springfield, please call Animal Control at 541-726-3634.
To view current animals at the First Avenue Shelter, where any unclaimed dogs are transported, go to: http://www.green-hill.org/adopt_dog.html
In order to minimize the number of unwanted pets, please be sure to spay or neuter your animal!
Minimum Standards for Service Dogs
FAQ’s About Dog Bites
Q: When does a dog bite need to be reported?
A: Mandatory bite reporting is required only if the teeth make contact with the skin resulting in a break to the skin (as in a puncture). If the bite makes contact with clothing such as a jacket and the teeth did not tear through the clothing to make skin contact, it is not considered a ‘reportable bite.’
Q: Will my dog be put down if I report it bit someone?
A: This is dependent on the situation, but under most circumstances, no. Unless the dog fits the definition of a Vicious Dog, meaning the dog was not under control and off property it is allowed to be on, the owner will not be charged and the dog will not be seized or euthanized.
Q: Do I have to report when my own dog bites me?
A: Yes, for safety and legal reasons, you must report any bite incident.
Q: What if I want to euthanize my own animal due to a bite?
A: You must adhere to the 10 day quarantine process before any decision like that can be made. Once the quarantine is over, it is your decision and financial responsibility to euthanize the dog in a humane manner.
For more FAQs and information on dog bites, please visit Lane County Animal Service’s site HERE.
Reporting a Dog Bite
To Report a Dog Bite that occurred in the City Limits of Springfield, please read the following information, and then when prepared, click the DOG BITE FORM link below to submit the information:
The following information is required to have on the DOG BITE FORM:
- Name, Address & Current Phone Number of Victim
- Date of Birth (Age) of Victim
- Date & Time of the Bite Incident
- Brief Nature of Injuries
- Brief Description of Circumstances of Bite
- If known, Owner of the Dog’s Name, Address & Current Phone Number
- If known, Rabies Vaccination Expiration
- If known, Dog’s Veterinary Clinic
- Brief Description of the Dog if not known
DOG BITE FORM
Once this information is completed to the best of your ability, please press the gray “SUBMIT BY EMAIL” box in the PDF (the DOG BITE FORM).