The Animal Control Unit of the Dixie County Sheriff's Office is operated by two full time Animal Control Officers. These two officers are working hard to keep abandoned animals off the streets and in a safe and secure environment. The Sheriff's Office offers animal adoption services. Hours of operation: Monday thru Friday, by appointment only, excluding legal holidays.
The Sheriff's Office would like to encourage all pet owners to have their pets spayed or neutered. This can be done by contacting any local veterinarian.
Florida Animal Statutes
The Animal Shelter is located at:
Dixie County Jail
386 NE 255 Street
Cross City, Florida 32628
The Dixie County Sheriff's Office, Animal Control Unit has seen an increase in animal bites this past year with less than 50% of the suspect animals vaccinated against rabies. An unvaccinated pet not only places the animal at risk, but also the bite victim and pet owner. Many pets have contact with area wildlife such as raccoons, foxes, beavers, skunks, and bats.
Rabies is a virus that is transmittable from animal to human, usually transferred by a bite from an infected animal. Rabies is preventable to people and pets, it just requires owners to get their animals to their veterinarian for their immunizations shot. The Dixie County Sheriff's Office advises people to leave the five common rabies carriers alone. If you see a sick animal, contact the Animal Control Unit at 352-498-1231.
Residents are advised to follow these suggestions:
Keep children away from wildlife
Keep pets away from wildlife
Keep pets inside, if possible
Do not feed wildlife
Do not leave food or food sources outside and accessible to wildlife
Vaccinate pets: dogs, cats, and ferrets.