Stafford Police Department
The City of Stafford employs a full-time Humane Officer who enforces city ordinances and state laws regarding animals and public health and safety. The Humane Officer patrols the streets for violations of animal ordinances, responds to emergency calls, captures and impounds animals, issues citations for violations of laws, facilitates pet adoptions and maintains the city pound.
All dogs and cats in the city four months of age, or older, are required to have anti-rabies vaccinations on or before July 1 of each year. All dogs and cats five months of age, or older, are required to be licensed and registered annually.
License tags are issued by the City Secretary or the Humane Officer upon furnishing evidence of vaccination and upon payment of a license tax of $2.00 per animal. Tags are required to be affixed to a collar and worn by all registered animals.
Impounding and Release
Unlicensed dogs found running at large are captured and impounded at the city pound for a minimum of five days while notices of capture and a description of the animal are posted. A dog that is unclaimed after five days is disposed of in a humane manner, including sale of the animal, as deemed appropriate by the Humane Officer or Chief of Police.
Licensed dogs found running at large are captured and impounded at the city pound until the registered owner can be contacted and fees are paid.