Sunday, February 25, 2018

Animal Control

The Animal Control Department is charged with enforcing City Ordinances concerning animal control. Some of our responsibilities are enforcing the leash laws, removal of vicious and stray animals, animal rescue, facility maintenance, and capture and removal of wild animals. In addition to picking up stray or unwanted dogs and cats, we remove dead animals from city streets and set traps for other non-domestic animals. We also investigate all cruelty calls.

Golden Retriver PuppiesThe overpopulation of unwanted animals is a serious problem in any area. To help alleviate this problem, the City of Vicksburg Animal Control Department asks that all pet owners have their pets spayed or neutered. In addition, the city ordinance requires that all animals adopted from its shelter facility, be spayed or neutered.

For more information, call the City of Vicksburg Animal Control Department between 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday (601) 636-6982 or call your local veterinarian.

RaccoonThe City of Vicksburg Animal Control Department is responsible for picking up dead, stray or wild animals, within the city limits. To report these animals call the Animal Control office at (601) 636-6982, 7:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or the Action Line at (601) 636-3411.

To report a dead or stray animal on or along any state maintained roadway in the county, please call the Mississippi Department of Transportation. The phone number for their local facility is (601) 636-5861.

Once again the numbers are: City of Vicksburg Animal Control office at (601) 636-6982; City of Vicksburg's Action Line at (601) 636-3411 or if on a state maintained roadway the Mississippi Department of Transportation local office number is (601) 636-5861.

Buzzard Save It shall be unlawful for any person to trap, hunt, shoot, or attempt to shoot or molest in any manner, any birds, wild fowl or to rob bird nests or wild fowl nests; however, if pigeons, starlings or similar birds are found to be congregating in such numbers in a particular locality that they constitute a nuisance or a menace to health or property in the opinion of the health authorities of the city, the opinion of the Mayor and Aldermen will have the acceptance of the birds to be destroyed in such numbers and in such manner by the supervision of the Chief of Police.

To file a complaint, or for more information, please call the City of Vicksburg Animal Control Department 7:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, or the Action Line at (601) 636-3411, or if urgent dial 911 for a Police Officer.

rabies vacinationRabies is a fatal disease caused by a virus carried by animals infected with the disease. The most common carriers of rabies are wild animals such as squirrels, raccoons, bats and other rodents. These animals can infect a household pet, that could in turn, infect other animals and humans. Care should be taken to avoid situations that place your pet in contact with wild animals.

If your pet is observed having contact with a wild animal, call the City of Vicksburg Animal Control Department immediately and if possible keep the wild animal in site until the Animal Control Officer arrives. All dogs and cats in the city limits, are required by law to be vaccinated against Rabies. Adults should caution children to use care when around strange animals.

For more information about rabies, call the City of Vicksburg Animal Control Department at (601) 636-6982, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m.- 3:30 p.m., or contact your local veterinarian.

From time to time, wild animals such as raccoons, skunks, deer or squirrels wander into residential areas. These animals may be dangerous and could cause some destruction, especially if they are rabid. When this happens, the City of Vicksburg Animal Control Department recommends that citizens try to coerce the animal to leave the area before attempting to capture or trap it.

RaccoonWild animals generally seek dark, quiet places to nest, such as under a porch, in crawl spaces, in chimneys and attics or in window wells. The best measure is to prevent access to these places, before an animal nests there; however, if an animal does take refuge on your property, the Animal Control Department recommends placing a loud radio, a bright work light and mothballs in a nylon stocking in the nesting area. In addition, if the animal is in a chimney, drop a rope down to give it something to climb up. Allow several days for the animal to relocate, especially if it is with young. Once the animal has left, block off the area where the animal gained access to your home.

The most effective protection from wild animals is barriers and discouragement. Remove the elements that attracts them to your property. Feed pets indoors if possible and take up outdoor dishes and leftovers as soon as possible. Keep trash cans in the garage or utility room, until trash pickup day. Fence your garden. Vaccinate your pets. For other tips, or for assistance with removing a wild animal from your property, call the City of Vicksburg's Animal Control Department at (601) 636-6982 Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m., or the City of Vicksburg's Action Line (601) 636-3411 or call 911 for after hours dispatch of the an on call Animal Control Officer.

HR Contact Info

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Hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm M-F

con_addressPhysical Address:
City of Vicksburg
HR Department
1415 Walnut St
Vicksburg, MS 39180

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City of Vicksburg
HR Department
PO Box 150
Vicksburg, MS 39181