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In response to The Humane Farming Association’s press release dated December 4, 2018, where it is alleged that Monterey County Animal Services had “full knowledge of animal dumping on the Salinas River.”
Monterey County Animal Services acknowledges that in November of 2016, a call was received regarding “multiple bodies dumped” in the riverbed near the Elm Street bridge in Greenfield. An officer was dispatched to discuss the situation with the reporting party. The next day, a body was delivered to the Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center for a necropsy. The necropsy, while suspicious, did not provide any definitive information to conclude it represented an animal cruelty case, or to lead to any suspects. Since that time, there have been zero reports or tips provided to this agency in regards to deceased animals, of any kind, being found at this location – or with regard to suspected animal cruelty at this location.
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Animal Services provides field services to the unincorporated area of the County of Monterey.
Phone Number: 831-769-8856
Monday – Saturday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Field Services — Pick up of stray or injured animals, patrol for problem areas.
Emergency Services — After business hours (Mon-Fri 5:30 pm - 8:30 am and major Holidays) response to potentially rabid animals, to dangerous/aggressive domestic animals when no owner is present, to injured domestic animals, and to animal bites.
Animal Services provides the following field services to the unincorporated areas of the County of Monterey.
Quarantine investigations for biting animals, testing of potentially rabid animals, reporting to appropriate agencies, and low cost rabies vaccination clinics. Citizen complaints
Investigating and mediating nuisance complaints from citizens including excessive noise, running at large, etc.
Report a complaint here! Licensing
Mandatory for dogs and voluntary for cats over 4 months of age. For more information on Licensing costs & requirements, visit this page.
Issuance and inspection of citizens requesting Boarding, Breeders and Rooster Keeping Permits, which are all required by law. For more info, see these pages: Boardingl/breeder or Roosters. Emergency Services (For Cats & Dogs only)
After business hours (Mon-Fri 5:30 pm – 8:30 am and major Holidays) response to potentially rabid animals, to dangerous/aggressive domestic animals when no owner is present, to injured domestic animals, and to animal bites. Dangerous/vicious dog declarations
Investigation and processing for hearings when designation of dangerous dogs and destruction of vicious dogs is needed. To submit a complaint online, click here.
Stray Animal Pick-up
Contact Animal Services to pick-up stray or abandoned animals. Trap Rentals
Animal Services has no humane animal traps available at this time. Please contact your local feed store or hardware store about renting or purchasing humane dog/cat traps.