Calls involving vicious dogs, dogs at large, and barking dogs are one of the most difficult types of calls to address.
Vicious Dogs & Dog Bites
If someone has been bit, call 911 immediately.
If you see a known dog that is vicious running loose, call 828-757-2100 so that an officer can be dispatched. If possible, keep the dog in sight so you can direct the officer to its whereabouts or last known direction of travel. Provide the officer with as much information as possible (i.e. owner, history, time frame offense usually occurs - when applicable).
When the dog(s) is barking, call 828-757-2100 so an officer can be dispatched at the time of the occurrence. The officer has to witness the dog(s) barking in order to make a determination and address the issue with the owners.
Improper Care of Animals
If you see an animal that is abandoned, malnourished, or living in less than sanitary (humane) conditions, please call 828-757-2100. An officer will be dispatched to address the situation and will contact Animal Control for assistance.
Injured Dog in the Roadway / Death by Vehicle
Call 828-757-2100 so an officer can be dispatched. If the accident is new and the animal is still alive, it is recommended that you do not handle it. Many animals are scared and likely to bite the handler in order to protect themselves. If you see that an animal is dead, please call 828-757-2100 so that we may contact the Street Department for clean up.