Orange County Government, Florida

Report a Pet Issue

Make the call, save a life

Help Stop Animal Abuse

Each year, Orange County Animal Services investigates nearly 3,500 reports of animal cruelty, neglect and abandonment in our community. 

Animal violence has been linked to human violence. In fact, studies have shown that animal abusers are five times more likely to commit violent acts against people. To combat this problem, Orange County launched the "Cruelty Hurts" campaign, which is aimed at educating Orange County citizens about animal cruelty and its link to human violence.

Help us prevent animal abuse. Simply dial 3-1-1 to report abuse.

To make a completely anonymous report, and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000, please call Crimeline at (800) 423-TIPS or visit

Don't Chain Your Dog

Did you know a chained dog is three times more likely to bite than an unchained dog? Chained dogs live an inhumane existence, and Orange County is committed to getting dogs off their chains and into loving homes. In fact, it is a $265 violation to chain your dog under the following circumstances:

  • It is between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
  • If the chain's length is under 10 ft.
  • If the chain prevents the animal from accessing food and water.
  • If the chain is over 1/8th of the dog's body weight.
  • If the dog is chained during extreme weather.

Bring your dog indoors, learn about crate training, and establish appropriate fencing to keep your dog confined humanely.

It's A Crime to Leave Your Pet In A Hot Car

Hot cars can be an extremely dangerous environment for your pet, especially in Central Florida. On days when the temperature is as low as 75 degrees, temperatures inside a car with the windows rolled up can soar to well over 120 degrees within minutes.

Pets in these conditions can die very fast. If you leave a pet in a car, you can face both civil and criminal charges.

If you see this type of neglect being committed, please call 911 immediately.

Scoop the Poop

Not cleaning up after your pet is breaking the law. Cleaning up after your pet helps keep the environment and the community clean and safe. Feces can carry bacteria that can make people, especially kids, sick and may contain parasites, which can affect both humans and other animals.

Pet waste also is a major contributor to contamination of our waterways. Picking up after your pet isn’t just a courtesy, it’s the healthy and environmentally sound thing to do. It’s as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. Bring a bag.
  2. Pick up the waste.
  3. Dispose of it in the trash.

Be a good neighbor, carry an extra bag on your walk to avoid being caught off guard or to give to someone who has forgotten their bag—one to care and one to share.

Contact Us

Orange County Animal Services
Pet Rescue & Adoption center
2769 Conroy Road
Orlando, FL 32839-2162

Phone: (407) 836-3111