What to do if animal control comes to your door or seizes your animals

 If Animal Control has shown up at your door:

1) First call an attorney before you say one single word to them, ask for a written copy of the complaint so that you can give it to your attorney. STEP OUTSIDE YOUR DOOR & CLOSE OR LOCK IT WHEN SPEAKING TO THEM

2) Second call your vet, & get your animals in there OR get your vet to the shelter IMMEDIATELY if they have taken them & get an emergency injunction to MAKE them allow the vet in there if they to refuse.

3) Third Read my Final Motion for Dismissal so you will know the tactics that you will be facing, the violations of your Federal & Civil Rights that are about to happen to you.

4) Immediately file a Motion to make sure that the Animal Control authorities can not euthanize your animals if they have been taken from you. If your animals are immediately murdered you will have no defense, & you will lose your precious pet. They can simply say “the animals were in such deplorable condition they had to be humanely euthanized” & you will have NO way to dispute that fact since they incinerate the animals after that

5) If they claim to want to “see” your animals meet them at your vet’s office, so that the vet can be a witness to the condition of your animals & so that they are less likely to be able to build a sham case against you. ALWAYS remember they need a warrant to come inside of your house, if they try to say things like “If you didn’t have anything to hide you would let us come in” Just tell them: This is America we have the constitutional right to be free from unreasonable searches & seizures. If you are comfortable with letting them in your home MAKE SURE YOU HAVE WITNESSES THERE AT THE TIME.


If animal Control has taken your animals


2) Make sure to get a copy of the warrant with the Affidavit of Probable cause attached to it as well as an inventory sheet of what & whom they took

3) DO NOT SAY ANYTHING, even though you have not been arrested anything you say will be twisted & used against you. As a matter of fact most times people are not arrested so they do not have to Miranda you & they know you are in shock & will say anything to stop this from happening to your precious animals, that is what they are waiting for. If they are there taking your animals they have already made up their minds & they are taking them no matter what you say or do.

5) Gather all of your vet records, and all documentation concerning your animals.

6) Even if you can not afford an attorney go to your local office of public defense & do a screening & let them know what happened so they can do some damage control & they will be better able to represent you at trial. Most public defenders get a client AFTER the damage has been done & do the best they can with what they have, make it easier for both of you.

7) Gather as many of your friends & family as you can & get statements from everyone about how you care for your animals, even those around you: The mailman, your delivery people, neighbors (but keep in mind it might have been one of your neighbors who called) Also do NOT have friends, co-workers or family call the prosecutor to plea your case, they may have good intentions but anything THEY say can & will be used against you in a court of law. They are very adept at twisting things so if your sister says “Hey she takes her dogs to the vet all the time” it will work out to “She was so neglectful & abusive that her poor dogs spent most of their time at the vet’s”

8) Get out your digital camera & take pictures of everything they are doing, video would be helpful if you have it as well. You are well within your legal rights to videotape or take pictures of the events unfolding

9) READ YOUR LOCAL ANIMAL CONTROL LAWS!!! Some have provisions for returning the animals, but you must know if you are being charged with a state, city or county law, they will pick whichever one gets them a conviction.

10) If the media shows up… Shut your mouth & your door. Post no trespassing signs at your property line or door. Everything you say will be used against you in the “Court of Public Opinion” Animal abuse is akin to child molestation in the eyes of the public so no matter what you say it will be twisted, trust me, no one wants to hear your story, they have already convicted you in their minds, & any interviews will only be used to further persecute you. The courts can be swayed by public opinion as well so be very careful who you talk to about any aspect of your case. I got pissy with our local reporters who wouldn’t cover my story & they told me outright that if they did I would definitely lose, in my research to date I have found out this is very true.

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5 thoughts on “What to do if animal control comes to your door or seizes your animals

  1. Have you noticed how petsmart is supporting the selling of kittens not even tested for feline leukemia Fiv or fip? It is a sad state when families adopt kittens -spend over $100 plus dollars for this -plus food supplies only to watch them slowly die of a terminal disease. Yet; many pet smart rescue; or helpers are targeting home breeders/and others as well. YOU see they call it Rescue; but its sad when they say READY for adoption; with vaccines/alters -but do not claim they are in -decent health (feline leukemia negative) EVER. We had this problem and grand children watched their beloved pets-die -then others from our town Dothan Alabama are continuing to have this problem with kitten adoptions NO one wants to take responsibility; This is also happening in Junction City Kansas, Oregon, Pa. and probably Nation Wide


  2. Rhonda sadly that is the new racket… but if someone does raise a fit about it, then they are the bad pet owners! You know the drill ~ “Don’t buy while shelter pets die”. It was a very noble cause until it turned into a money making scheme. I’ve been to countless shelters all around the Northwest & California & 90% of those animals are the products of careless pet owners & backyard breeders, not good breeders but we MUST believe that breeders are public enemy #1. I work almost exclusively with shelters (that care) & breeders to do any rescue of any kind. When I ask a breeder for help with a big rescue, they don’t want to send out 500 emails bashing people & trying to set up a paypal fund before they’ll even get off their butt to do anything. They simply ask when & where & they get the job done, they don’t stop til everyone is safe, & the money comes out of their pockets most times. I am so sorry for your grandbabies & the heartbreak your family has suffered. I see that some ninny gave your comment a thumbs down… truth is not always popular but DON’T let that stop you from telling it.


  3. When Police or Animal Control Come Knocking On Your Door; What Every Dog Owner Needs to Know

    By NationalDogPress.us and AnimalsClubFreedom.co

    Dog owners and ethical breeders are increasingly being targeted and now that includes the “unfounded” dog fear of them carrying Ebola. Disgruntled neighbors may retaliate against dog owners and for many other reasons drive complaints, and anti-dog enforcement action, which many times may be conducted illegally.

    The following text outlines methods of inquiry and enforcement which may be used by local officials in attempts to enforce ordinances in your community and suggested techniques of response. These techniques are entirely legal and based upon the rights of citizens as stated by the U.S. Constitution.

    No breeder wants to have Animal Control come knocking on the door…but if they do, it will help if you know what your options are.

    Remember, Animal Control is law enforcement. They are bound by the same Constitution as any other government agency. To protect yourself, you need to know your rights. These vary slightly one jurisdiction to another, but some general principles apply. One rule applies everywhere: never physically resist an officer.

    When Police or Animal Control is At Your Door:

    Do not let them in, no matter how much they ask. Animal Control generally cannot enter your home without a warrant, or your permission. While regular police can enter in emergency situations when human life is at risk (i.e. they hear gunshots and a scream inside), there are few, if any, situations in which Animal Control can enter your home without a warrant. Simply tell them they may not come in.

    – If you let them in, anything they find in “plain sight” can be used against you. In some circumstances Animal Control officers, unable to find a legitimate reason to make an arrest, have reported building or zoning violations. This may include caging you attached to a wall without a building permit, that extra outlet in the puppy room, having more pets than allowed by zoning, even extension cords in violation of fire codes! No matter how clean your kennel, if they want to find a violation, they will.

    – Do not talk to them from an open doorway. Step outside and close (and lock if possible) the door behind you. This is necessary because:

    A) Anything they see through the open door is “plain sight” and may be the basis for an arrest, or probable cause for a search warrant.
    B) If they make an arrest or even feel threatened they are usually permitted to search for weapons in your immediate area. Do you keep a baseball bat inside the door for your protection? Even if you don’t, once they step inside to look, they are in your home and may continue to search.
    C) It is hard not to be intimidated by someone in authority. Some animal control is even done by local police, who carry guns. It is easy for them to get “in your face”, causing you to back up into the home. Once you go in, it will be interpreted as an invitation to follow.
    – If they claim to have a warrant, demand to see it. In general, a search warrant must be signed by a judge. A warrant to search your home for dogs does not include an inventory of your jewellery box. A warrant to search your kennel in the garage or in the barn does not include a search of your home.
    – In some locations dog owners may have obtained special “breeder permits” that stipulate that Animal Control has your permission to enter at any time. If you have signed such a permit they still cannot enter against your wishes, since you can revoke the permission at any time. However, if you refuse permission it may allow them to cancel your breeder permit, so you have to weigh the consequences.
    – Warning – anyone in lawful possession of the premises may be able to give permission for a search. Make sure your roommate, babysitter, dog-sitter, housekeeper and other know that they should not let animal control into your home or on your property (i.e. backyard, garage, etc.).

    How to Handle Questions:

    Don’t answer any questions beyond identifying yourself for the officer. Anything you say to the officer in your defence cannot be used in court (hearsay). Anything you say that is harmful to you will be used in court (confessions are not considered hearsay). You cannot win, except by remaining silent.

    – Be polite but firm. Do not argue, bad-mouth, curse, threaten or try to intimidate the officer.

    – Do not lie to an officer, ever. However, it is NOT a lie to exercise your right to remain silent.

    – Keep your hands in plain sight. People have been shot by police when common objects, such as a wallet, were mistaken for a gun.

    – Do not touch the officer in any way. Do not physically resist an officer, no matter how unlawful his or her actions.

    – Don’t try to tell your side of the story, it cannot help.

    – Do not threaten the officer that you plan to file a complaint for their actions.

    – If the questioning persists, demand to speak to a lawyer first. Repeat as necessary.

    Gathering the Facts:

    Get the name and badge number of each officer involved. If he/she does not volunteer this information, ask.

    – Ask the name of the agency they represent. Different agencies have different enforcement responsibilities.

    – Ask why they are there. Request the factual basis of the complaint and the identity of the complainant.

    – If they have other people with them (Humane Society, press, etc.) get the names and organizations for all present.

    – Note the names (and addresses) of any witnesses to the encounter.

    – If you are physically injured by an officer, you should take photographs of the injuries immediately, but do not forego proper medical treatment first.

    – Write down all of the information, as well as the date and time of the incident immediately, while details are fresh in your mind.

    – If you rights are violated, file a complaint with the appropriate body.

    If You Are Arrested:

    Remain silent. Answer no questions until you have consulted with a lawyer.

    – Don’t “explain” anything. You will have time for explanations after you have talked to a lawyer.

    – Within a reasonable time they must allow you to make a phone call to get a lawyer or arrange bail. They are not allowed to listen to your phone call to your attorney, but they may “monitor” the rooms for “your protection”. Do not say anything you do not want them to overhear; save that until after you are out on bail.

    Telephone Inquiries or Threats:

    You may receive telephone inquiries concerning the number of dogs you own and whether any dogs or puppies are for sale. Other questions may also be asked.

    Your response should be to inquire “Are you interested in a puppy?”. If the answer is “yes”, ask that person for his/her name, address and phone number. Suggest that you or a responsible breeder will contact that person at a more convenient time for you.

    If the answer is friendly and genuinely inquisitive, invite the person to look at your puppies.

    If the question asked is “What is the price of each puppy?”, simply say that puppies of this type are being sold for between “X” and “Y” dollars. Never say that you are selling them.

    If the question asked is “Are these your puppies?”, you should ask, “Why do you want to know?”.

    If you conversation indicates that the person is representing the county clerk’s office or allegedly representing an official body, ask the caller for:

    Full name, title and phone number

    Agency’s full name and full address

    Their supervisor’s full name and phone number

    Nature of the inquiry (what it is about)

    Why the inquiry is being made

    How your name and phone number were obtained

    Ask that all future questions from that agency be submitted in writing

    Preventative Measures:

    Always keep you kennel clean and take good care of your animals.

    – Consider a P.O. Box or other address for business cards and advertisements. Keep descriptions of your location general (i.e. Southern California, rather than the name of the city where you live). The internet can provide anonymity for initial contacts. You can even buy a “remote prefix” to get a number from a nearby community forwarded to your phone or to a voice mail. Avoid local newspaper classifieds, they are often monitored.

    – Screen any potential puppy buyers carefully. Always be alert that they may be Animal Control or even Animal Rights working under cover.

    – Don’t allow strangers into your home until you have screened them.

    – Be fair and honest in all of your dealings, and be on good terms with your neighbors. Most animal control contacts are complaint-driven. Some complaints may arise as harassment by people with unrelated grievances against you. It may be a disgruntled dog buyer or a cranky neighbor who doesn’t like you parking in front of his house.

    – Anything about you that can be observed in “plain sight” from the street or sidewalk can become probably cause for a warrant. Even areas on your property open to visitors can be dangerous. Be aware of which areas of your home are visible from the outside and plan accordingly.

    – If you are confronted by Animal Control and turn them away, assume they will be back. Use the time available to make sure everything is clean and presentable. If you are over the limit on the number of pets, find friends who can provide temporary shelter for your dogs.

    – Whatever you do, stay calm and keep your wits about you.

    – Just say “no”, no matter what threats or promises of leniency they make.

    – When in doubt, say nothing and speak to a lawyer afterwards.


    Animals C.L.U.B.- Freedom National Organization Incorporated (Non-Profit)

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    Catiana CrazyThunder, is an Investigative Reporter, for the NationalDogPress.us and Animals Club Freedom.co


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