Animal Control

Detroit Animal Control is a division of the General Services Department authorized to administer and enforce the provisions of Chapter 6 of the 2019 Detroit City Code.

The mission of Detroit Animal Control is to promote and protect the health, safety and welfare of residents and visitors of the City of Detroit from animal bites, zoonotic disease and traffic hazards and to encourage responsible pet ownership through education and enforcement.


Operates 7:00am – 7:00pm, 7 days/week

Animal Control truck coverage 7:00am – 7:00pm, 7 days/week

23 Animal Control Officers

7 Animal Control Investigators- assigned by Council District

Community outreach and SPOC for Council Districts

Management Team:

Lori Sowle, Assistant Director GSD

Carl McClanahan, Field Operations Manager


  • Enforce the provisions listed in the City Code.
  • Enforce all applicable animal control laws of the State of Michigan.
  • Respond to all dog bites and citizen complaints.
  • Impound all dogs caught at-large and provide for field return as appropriate in accordance to City Code.
  • Investigate and follow up on dangerous animal complaints.
  • Investigate dog-person incidents at City or other approved off-leash dog areas including dog parks, beaches, public parks, etc
  • Issue citations to any person whose animal is in violation of any city ordinance.