Animal Complaints

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walk_dogAnimal complaints within the municipal boundaries of Wellington should be referred to the Palm Beach Animal Care and Control Division (561-233-1200), PBC Animal Care.

Leash Law

  1. It shall be unlawful for any dog to be off the owner’s property unless the dog is under the restraint or control of a person by means of a chain, leash or other device or is sufficiently near his handler to be under his direct control and is obedient to that handler’s commands, or is caged/crated.
  2. It shall be unlawful for the owner of any dog to tie, chain or tether a dog on the owner’s property in such a manner that the dog has access to public property or the property of another without the consent of the owner of such property.

Animals Creating a Nuisance

  1. The owner having control or custody of any dog or cat which:
    • Habitually barks, whines, howls or cause other objectionable noise resulting in a serious annoyance to a neighboring resident;
    • Disturbs the peace by habitually or repeatedly destroying, desecrating or soiling public or private property, chasing persons, livestock, cars, or other vehicles, running at large, or other behavior that interferes with the reasonable use and enjoyment of the property; shall be deemed to be committing an act in violation of this section.

Filing a Complaint

The Animal Care and Control Division will investigate complaints upon receipt of two (2) sworn affidavits from two (2) unrelated residents living in separate dwellings in the close vicinity of the alleged violation. The affidavit must specify the address or location of the alleged violation, the nature, time and date of the act, the name and address of the owner or custodian, if known and a description of the animal, if known.