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The Porter County Animal Control Unit is a part of the Porter County Animal Shelter. As law enforcement officers, their primary responsibility is to enforce the Porter County Animal Control Ordinance. When they are not responding to calls, our Officers work at the Shelter to train and socialize our animals to improve their chances of finding a loving forever home. 

Kori Black
Animal Control Supervisor

Officer Black has been with the Shelter since May of 2018. She began her work with us as a dog handler, and has since been promoted to Animal Control Officer. Officer Black is originally from Louisiana, where she began her career in animal rescue and shelter work in 2013. Her life's passion is rescuing animals and educating the public on responsible pet ownership.
Lukas Mergenthaler- Animal Control Officer (1)

Lukas Mergenthaler
Animal Control Officer

Officer Mergenthaler originally started at the shelter February of 2020 as a Kennel Technician that primarily worked with cats and maintained that position until September of 2021 when he left to pursue a different career as a 911 dispatcher. Officer Mergenthaler came back to the shelter after about a year to serve as an Animal Control Officer. He is extremely passionate about the shelter and loves his position as Animal Control and being able to help the residents of Porter County..

Addison Keiser- Animal Control Officer 1

Addison Keiser
Animal Control Officer

I love my job because it means I get to not only help work to rehabilitate shelter dogs and cats, but I also get to have a hand in the well-being of our county’s pets as well. I truly enjoy helping animals in any way I’m able, which is why I also play a part in behavioral evaluations and training programs for our shelter dogs. This ultimately helps to find their forever homes! When I’m not performing my job duties as an officer, you’ll find me working with our dogs and cats around the shelter.  

Two cats and two puppies holding a sign

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.