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NUISANCE ANIMALS


This page will explain to you what Nuisance Animals are, and will help you determine if you should use our online reporting system to file a report.

What is a Nuisance Animal?

A Nuisance Animal is an animal that disturbs the rights of, threatens the safety of or injures a member of the general public, or interferes with the use or enjoyment of their property.

Examples of Nuisance Animal

  • A rooster that crows excessively.

  • A dog that roams loose in a neighborhood.


When to not use the online report

Do not use the online reporting system for Nuisance Animals if the animal is currently a danger to the public (such as chasing after a person and attempting to attack them), or if the animal is in distress (such as injured or having been left outside, without water, during summer months), please call (803) 252-2911 and have an officer respond to you.

If you feel your incident fits in the Nuisance Animals category, please use the follow tips when completing your report:

When filling out the incident report, there will be a number of information fields and options. Only fields marked with a * are required; however, the other fields may help us if we need to contact you.

What to write in the Incident Description section

When completing the incident description section, remember that the keys to a good description are accuracy and brevity. Include what happened, where it happened, when it happened, how it happened, and who did it (if applicable). Do not include opinions or information that is not related to the incident. Below is an example of how an incident description should be written for a nuisance animal report:

"Every day during the week, between 8am and 5 pm, the neighbors, at incident location, put their dog, a black Chow, outside, while they go to work. The dog barks almost non-stop during that time. I have a 4 month old baby who is unable to sleep due to the dog barking."


 
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