Animal Control's newest vehicle can process animals on scene during large-scale rescues

Keeping local animals safe, that's the goal of Hillsborough County Code Enforcement's Animal Control Division. With Code Enforcement officers patrolling neighborhoods every day, responding to reports of sick or injured pets, animal complaints, or other violations and concerns, these dedicated staff members are an integral part of a community ensuring that people and animals peacefully coexist.

Enter the command post, a new 24-foot trailer with the capability to assess animals on the spot during situations such as hoarding or cruelty cases where multiple animals are involved. The mobile office is equipped with medical supplies, kennels, and other equipment that can be used to determine the health of the rescued animals and to administer fluids and food, scan for microchips, and more. It has also proved a valuable resource during community-wide vaccinations operations with the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center.

Animal Control officers give Hillsborough County Pet Resources staff and local residents an overview of the Command Post trailer.
Animal Control officers give Hillsborough County Pet Resources staff and local residents an overview of the Command Post trailer.


The Animal Control team has seen it all - from cats in storm drains to dogs in the middle of a lake - and want to keep residents informed on local laws and best practices for pet ownership. This article on the most-cited pet-related ordinances offers an overview on tethering, vaccinations, registration, and more. Other friendly pet reminders include not leaving them in hot cars, dog bite prevention, and how to keep pets cool during the hotter months.
Learn more about Animal Control online or call (813) 744-5660.

Image Caption: Hillsborough County Code Enforcement's Animal Control Division staff in front of the Command Post trailer.
Posted: 2/23/2024, 9:52:54 PM