Navajo County

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Navajo County Animal Care and Control

Animal Control Officers

Navajo County Animal Care & Control Officers - Left to Right: Bernard Huser, Program Manager; Josh Smith, Richard Kitelinger

Mission Statement

The mission of Navajo County Animal Control is to provide compassionate, timely and effective response to domestic animal situations within the unincorporated areas of Navajo County on non-tribal lands, to insure the safety of all citizens and animal populations through consistent enforcement of state laws and local ordinances relating to the humane treatment and control of animals.

Announcement of important dog licensing changes

Director of Navajo County Animal Control Dr. Montana Slack announced today that in an effort to increase rabies vaccination compliance and to make dog licensing easier, more convenient and affordable for county residents, the County Board of Supervisors has approved some major changes to our existing dog licensing requirements. On December 28, 2010 the following changes to dog licensing were approved:

  1. CHANGE IN LICENSE DURATION AND PERIOD – We are changing from a calendar year (Jan1st through Dec 31st) system to a license that runs concurrently with the rabies vaccination. All dog licenses will expire on the expiration date of the current rabies vaccination. This will allow each dog’s license to be valid for up to three years.
  2. CHANGE IN LICENSE FEES – We are reducing the fees for dog licensing to make it more affordable. Currently an unaltered dog costs $15 per year if licensed before March 15th and $20 per year if licensed after March 15th. An altered (spay or neutered) dog currently costs $5 per year if licensed before March 15th and $10 if licensed after March 15th. We will no longer differentiate between altered and unaltered dogs. A new dog license will cost only $5 for the duration of the license period when obtained from your veterinarian, animal clinic, animal shelter, or county office.
  3. ADDED CONVENIENCE – In addition to veterinarians, animal clinics and shelters, licenses will now also be available at Public Works offices in Show Low, Heber, and Holbrook and via the Internet through a web license application portal. For Internet web applications, the applicant MUST be able to upload the current rabies vaccination certificate at the time of the application process. All licenses obtained through the internet process are free!

What if my dog was licnesed under the old system and the rabies vaccination is still good?

If your dog was licensed during 2010 under the old system and the license expired on Dec 31, 2010 but the rabies vaccination certificate is still valid, you may reapply for a new FREE dog license on-line. You dog’s license would then be good until the current rabies vaccination expires.

Incoming Calls

As of Feb 24, 2010, all incoming Animal Control calls go directly to Navajo County Sheriff Dispatch and no longer go directly to voicemail. This change was made to better serve the citizens of Navajo County by providing a live person to take their report 24/7. This change insures more complete information is received and also gives us the ability to track all response times. To report a problem to Navajo County Animal Control call:

(928) 524-4266

Navajo County Animal Control is primarily responsible for

  1. Enforcing all laws of the state and all ordinances of the county pertaining to domestic animals
  2. Enforcing all laws pertaining to rabies control
  3. Investigation of all animal bites and enforcement of mandatory quarantines
  4. Investigation of animal abuse and cruelty cases
  5. Investigation of nuisance situations
  6. Investigation of vicious or dangerous dogs
  7. Impoundment of stray or at-large domestic animals

Vision Statement

We envision a time when no animal will suffer abuse or neglect, or lack a loving home, and our citizens are educated on the importance of pet population control, disease prevention, and responsible pet ownership.

Strategic efforts toward accomplishment of the Vision Statement

  • Increase spay/neuter efforts
  • Reduce the number of animals that need sheltering
  • Increase license and vaccination compliance
  • Reduce animal bites
  • Reduce euthanasia
  • Increase education and outreach efforts
  • Proactively participate in anti-cruelty efforts

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