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Animal Control

Animal Control is a division of the Sheriff’s Office. Animal Control provides services to rural Union County and the cities of Imbler, Cove, North Powder, Summerville, Union, Elgin and Island City. La Grande contracts 50% of the time of the Animal Control Officer and pays into the budget for Animal Control.

Services include, but are not limited to, investigation of possible animal abuse or neglect, capture of loose dogs or livestock, removal of dead domestic animals from the roadways, issuing citations  for violations of the county ordinance or state law.

To contact Animal Control, call the Sheriff’s Office at 963-1017 or come to the office at 1109 K Ave., La Grande. To make a complaint by mail or e-mail fill out an Animal Complaint Form.

Quick References

The Animal Shelter-serves Union, Baker, Wallowa, Grant and Umatilla Counties by providing a safe haven for unwanted pets.

Detail Guidelines


Animal Bites

Every year in the U.S., animals bite more than a million people, most of them children; seriously injure thousands of people; and kill about one hundred people. You can prevent many bites by knowing how to recognize the warning signs of an animal that is likely to bite. Dog and cat bites are the most …

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Restraint and the Law

Definitions: “At Large”-means dogs off the premises of the owner and not under the control of either the owner or a person authorized by the owner. “Under Control”-means the voice, signal or physical control so as to be restrained from approaching a bystander, from entering private property and from causing damage to property. An animal …

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Scoop the Poop

Union County’s ordinance requires dog owners to “scoop up” after their pets, both at home and in public places. Dog droppings are both a nuisance and a health hazard. They attract flies, spread disease and contribute to water pollution. It’s important for pet owners to “scoop up” after Rover on trails, bike paths, school grounds …

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Barking Dogs

Few things in life are as annoying as having to listen to the constant bark, howl, whine or cry of another person’s dog. The noise from barking can disrupt sleep, lower the quality of your leisure hours, disturb your work, and make being at home not enjoyable. The first reaction of many people faced with …

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Dog licenses are required for all dogs at the age of six months, or within 30 days of residency in the County. Licenses are $15 a year for a spayed or neutered dog and $25 for a dog that is not spayed or neutered. Before a license can be issued, a dog must have a …

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Lost Pets

f your pet becomes lost, don’t give up! Pets have been returned to their owner’s weeks and months after being lost. Call Animal Control at 963-1017 and the Animal Shelter at 963-0807 to report the loss. Put an ad in the paper. Put up posters in your neighborhood; talk to people at least 10 blocks …

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Spaying and Neutering

Why you should have your pets spayed or neutered: 1. It is the best solution to uncontrolled breeding. A spayed or neutered pet will never add to the tens of thousands of surplus puppies and kittens born each year for which there are no homes. 2. It is good for your pet. Altered pets are …

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Disaster Pet Care

Do you know how you will care for your pets during a disaster? The key to keeping your family safe during a disaster is to have a disaster plan already in place. If you are a pet owner, that plan must include your pets. Being prepared can save lives. Some tips for developing your plan …

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