SPEARFISH, SD – As the seasons change, it is more likely to see pets out enjoying the outdoors. Occasionally, a pet gets out of an enclosure or away from its owner, and, in its excitement and confusion, can become lost. If you come across a lost pet, please remember these tips to ensure the pet may be quickly reunited with its owner.
First, make sure to call Animal Control (it is important to call the agency that has jurisdiction where you found the animal). For pets found within Spearfish, call Animal Control at 642-1300. This ensures an officer can help to track down the owner, and, if the pet owner cannot be immediately located or contacted, the officer has the ability to impound the animal to a safe place where the owner will be able to pick up their pet when they are available to do so.
“We live in an area with many animal lovers who look out for our four-legged friends,” Spearfish Police Chief Curt Jacobs said. “While it may seem like the kind thing to take a lost pet home with you, that can impede the process of getting the pet home to its owner, so if you’ve found a lost dog or cat, please call Animal Control.”
Those walking their pets are reminded to keep their pet on a leash, unless they are in a signed, designated, off-leash area. Having a pet wear a collar with a pet tag also assists with getting them home, even if the hope is that it will never have to be used to identify the animal if it gets outside. By city ordinance, all pets residing within the city of Spearfish are required to have a pet tag.
“Even the best-trained pet that has never gotten out before may go on an unexpected, unsupervised adventure, and a pet tag helps with your pet’s safety – as well as your peace of mind,” Jacobs said. “Having a city pet tag ensures that we can quickly get ahold of you if your pet is found outside of your home.”
Pet tags are $5 for pets that are spayed or neutered and $10 for those that are non-spayed or non-neutered. Residents registering their pets need to provide the owner’s name, address, and phone number, along with the pet’s breed, description, rabies shot information, and name.
Pet tags are available at the department, located at 225 W. Illinois St., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the lobby. After 4 p.m., tags may be obtained from the dispatch window in the lobby.
Pet tags are good for the calendar year and expire Dec. 31, 2021.
For more information about pet tags, contact Animal Control at 642-1300.