The Animal Control Office Exists to Promote
- Human safety
- The welfare of domestic and agricultural animals
- Responsible pet ownership
- Livestock husbandry, and
- Community responsibility
The Animal Control Officer reports to the Legislative and Public Safety Committee of the Jackson County Board. Officers are required to enforce Illinois state statutes and Jackson County ordinances.
Summary of Responsibilities
The scope of work for the officer resides in eight areas of responsibility.
- Animal bites
- Animals at-large
- Rabies vaccination and tagging
- Livestock depredation
- Nuisance complaints
- Issuance of citations
- Emergency and overtime response
- Administration and equipment maintenance
Typical officer duties include, but are not limited to:
- Investigating the source and circumstances of animal bites
- Patrolling the county to enforce animal-related laws
- Responding to animal complaints from citizens
- Trapping, confining, and quarantining animals
- Contacting possible owners of at-large animals
- Conducting public information campaigns
- Conducting animal vaccination clinics
- Preparing animal control reports
- Maintaining county animal control facilities and equipment
- Investigating livestock loss claims, and
- Distributing rabies tags and certificates
Ben KillmanAnimal Control Officer
1001 Walnut Street
Murphysboro, IL 62966
1001 Walnut Street Murphysboro IL 62966
Phone: 618-687-7235Fax: 618-687-7271Emergency Phone: 618-534-5558
Monday through Friday
8 am to 4 pm
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- I live or have recently moved into Jackson County or I have recently acquired a dog/cat and reside in Jackson County.
- I live inside the city limits of a town/village/city in Jackson County.
- I am concerned about the living conditions or health of an animal in Jackson County.
- I am concerned about the numbers of stray cats in my neighborhood.
- A neighboring livestock owner allows his animals to free forage (run loose) and they intrude onto my property, or livestock are chronically on a public roadway, what can be done about this issue?