A Dangerous Animal is any animal meeting any of the following criteria:
Any animal which bites and inflicts severe injury on any person or animal, without provocation on any public property or in any place outside or over the boundaries of its owner's property; or
Any animal which, without provocation and while on its owner's property, bites and inflicts severe injury on any person or animal, where the victim was acting peaceably, was not provoking the animal, and was not committing a willful trespass or other tort upon the premises, or otherwise had a legal right to be on said property at the time of the bite or attack; or
Any animal which on more than one occasion, without provocation, bites without inflicting severe injury upon any person or animal, on any public property or in any place outside or over the boundaries of its owner's property; or
Any animal owned or harbored primarily for the purpose of dog or other animal fighting and has, through use for this purpose, become a threat to the safety of other animals and persons. This definition does not include law enforcement animals owned by any government agency which is working within the scope and course of its duties.
Report A Dangerous Animal
If a dangerous animal poses an IMMEDIATE THREAT to the public, please call 911.
If a dangerous animal does not pose an immediate threat to the public, please contact Animal Control.
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Porter County Animal Control serves all of Porter County EXCEPT FOR THE CITY OF PORTAGE. All information contained in this section of the website is only applicable to the areas served by Porter County Animal Control. If you live in the City of Portage, you will need to contact them directly at (219) 763-1825, as they may have different policies and ordinances.