Animal Control


Information Regarding the Portage County Animal Control Program

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County-wide Program

Portage County offers municipalities in Portage County the opportunity to participate in a county-wide animal control program.  The program is coordinated by Portage County, administered by the Sheriff's Office, and contracted to the Humane Society of Portage County (HSPC).

Municipalities that are part of the program enjoy a wide range of services offered by the HSPC and Sheriff's Office.  This includes animal control, licensing, rabies clinics, abandoned animal surrender, stray animal control, quarantine facilities, free or reduced veterinary care, educational services, kennel & commercial facilities inspections, and County ordinance enforcement.

Municipalities not participating in the program are responsible for animal control themselves, and do not receive free services from the HSPC.  Additionally, these municipalities must enact and enforce their own animal control ordinances.  The Sheriff's Office will assist with any criminal investigations.  Municipalities that have withdrawn from the program are the Town of Buena Vista and the Villages of Junction City and Nelsonville.

Click here to view a copy of the licensing reminder letter from the Sheriff.



Requests for animal control and other questions can be directed to the HSPC,.

HSPC Hours of Operation
Monday, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays: 11AM-5PM
Tuesdays: 11AM - 7PM
Closed: Wednesdays, Sundays, and Holidays

After Hours
Portage County Sheriff’s Office Communications Center

If you live in the Town of Buena Vista, Village of Junction City, or the Village of Nelsonville, your municipality has chosen not to participate and you are not part of the County's Animal Control Program.  Please contact your Town Chair or Village President for any animal control issues that you may have.


For Municipalities

Annual Animal Control Meeting

Annually, Portage County hosts an Annual Animal Control meeting, where County, municipal, and HSPC representatives meet to talk all things animal control, including licensing, enforcement, rabies control, and financing.  The meeting is open to selected officials from each of the partner city, village, and town entities that participate in the Program, as well as those municipalities that are not part of the program and wish to learn more.  While this is not a public meeting, per se, our notes and packets are posted here for all to see.

The Portage County 2016 Annual Animal Control meeting was held on October 18, 2016.  You can access the meeting notes and packet here.

Municipalities are invited to send representatives to the next annual meeting to learn the latest in County animal control efforts, ask questions, and discuss the Program with County and HSPC experts.  The next meeting is scheduled for October 17, 2017.


Reminder Posters

Created by Portage County's UW-Extension Department, these posters are available for download and use.

Dog License Posters 1Dog License Posters 2Dog License Posters 3

Legal References 

Chapter 95, Wisconsin State Statutes - Animal Health

Chapter 173, Wisconsin State Statutes - Animals; Humane Officers

Chapter 174, Wisconsin State Statutes - Dogs

Chapter 951, Wisconsin State Statutes - Crimes Against Animals

Chapter 4, Portage County Code of Ordinances - Health and Sanitation (Section 4.9 is Animal Control)


E-Mail Communications 

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