Animal Control

The Tippecanoe County Animal Control Department provides animal control assistance to residents of Tippecanoe County, through the enforcement of state animal control laws; the humane capture and treatment of unwanted animals; investigation of animal abuse, neglect, and cruelty; and the provision of emergency transportation and care for injured animals. We also respond to calls involving nuisance complaints, and animal bites. 
Animal Control Truck White with Sheriff Logo

Answers from our Animal Control Officer 

  • Q. What if I find a stray dog?
  • A. Call Animal Control and if possible you can post a picture and description of the animal on the "Lost and Found Pets of Greater Lafayette" Facebook page to help the owner locate the animal.
  • Q. Why should I call the Animal Control Officer instead of just keeping the animal?
  • A. Animals picked up by the Animal Control Officer are taken to a no kill shelter where they are assessed and then can be legally adopted out after 5 days if the animal's owner does not claim it.
  • Q. Does Tippecanoe County Animal Control pick up dead animals?
  • A. No, However, we will scan for a microchip if it's a dog or a cat.
  • Q. What if my neighbors dog is barking?
  • A. Contact Tippecanoe Animal Control at (765)-423-9321.
  • Q: Does Tippecanoe Animal Control handle wild animals?
  • A: Tippecanoe Animal Control does not handle Wildlife calls. If you have a wild animal concern please contact Wildcat Wildlife Center at 765-491-2351
  • Q: What if I’m involved in a dog or cat bite?
  • A. Call 911 if an emergency, or contact Animal Control at (765) 423-9321 if non-emergency. Get medical attention as soon as possible
  • Q. How can I become a Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) caretaker for feral cats?
  • A. Contact Tippecanoe Animal Control at (765) 423-9321. Caretaker's are in charge of cat colonies where cats are trapped and released.


  • If you live within West Lafayette city limits,  please contact West Lafayette Animal Control, at 765-775-5165
  • If you live within Lafayette city limits, please contact Lafayette Animal Control,  at 765-807-1200.