Animal Control


The Department has two Civilian Service Employees (CSEs), who as part of their job duties serve as Animal Control and Humane Officers.  As Humane Officers the CSEs are certified by the State of Wisconsin to investigate complaints involving animal abuse or neglect. 

While serving in their Animal Control capacity the CSEs handle complaints involving animals running at large, animal bites, and barking dogs.  CSEs work Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Outside of these hours basic animal control calls are handled by patrol officers.

Assistance With Nuisance Wild Animals

Learn how you can deal with nuisance wild animals on your property.:
Nuisance Wild Animals

Lost/Found Pets

Every effort is made to return found dogs or cats to their owners based on their tags and any other available information. The Department does not currently have the ability to read microchips. Animals picked up by CSEs or patrol officers are taken to the Dane County Humane Society. 

Dane County Humane Society
(608) 838-0413

Animal Ordinances

To learn about the ordinances the CSEs enforce:
Animal Ordinances

"Leash Law" Updated 

In the spring of 2015 the City of Fitchburg amended its ordinance pertaining to dogs at large. Dogs are now required to be under physical control of a leash or similar device when they are not on the property of the dog owner or keeper.

It shall be unlawful for the owner or keeper of any animal to let such animal do any of the following:

(1) Run at large. Run or be at large upon any street, alley or public place in the city or on property other than that of the owner or keeper except in the following areas:
(a) City Dog Park
(b) Public hunting grounds 


If you have any questions or concerns related to animal issues contact one of the Civilian Service Employees at (608)270-4300.