Highlands County Sheriff's Office Animal Services
Call Now : 863-402-6730
7300 Haywood Taylor Blvd., Sebring FL 33876
Hours: Monday-Friday: 8-4:30; Saturday: 9-1
County Animal Regulations Overview

• All dogs and cats 4 months of age and over must be vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian. Owners must purchase a valid license tag for each dog or cat so vaccinated. Both dogs and cats must wear a collar with the valid license tag at all times or be implanted with a RFID microchip. The chip must be registered with Animal Services. Cats also have the option of wearing a county-approved identification collar with the license number marked on it in indelible ink.

• No person other than the property owner shall feed feral cats on public or private property unless authorized by the property owner in writing, a copy of which has been filed with Animal Services.

• All dogs must remain on the owner’s property at all times unless they are on a leash under the direct control of the person in custody of the animal, even if the dog remains within your sight and hearing and is trained to obey your commands. Only sexually sterilized cats are allowed off their owner’s property.

• Any dog or cat found roaming, wandering or running at large can be impounded by Animal Services. Cats will be held for up to 10 days and dogs will be held for up to 10 days, during which time the owner shall be notified if possible.

• Any person owning, caring for, harboring or keeping an animal must treat the animal humanely at all times. Any animal that is confined must have sufficient quantities of good wholesome food, water, and exercise on a daily basis, be kept in sanitary conditions, provided with sufficient room to stand up, turn around, and sit comfortably, have proper air ventilation and quality of air; and be provided protection from excessive exposure to fleas, ticks, and other harmful insects or external parasites.

• Outdoor dogs and cats must have appropriate shelter.

• Do not allow your dog or cat to be a neighborhood nuisance by barking, soiling or damaging property.

• Dogs that bite or aggressively chase or approach persons in public property or property other than the owner are subject to the State Dangerous Dog and Rabies Control Laws.

• It shall be the duty of Highlands County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services to take up, confine, hold, and possess any livestock that appears to have been abandoned and to dispose of that livestock as provided by county ordinance.

Interference with Animal Services Officers is against the law

(a) No individual shall interfere with an Animal Services officer while in the performance of his or her duties.
(b) For purposes of county law, interference includes, but is not limited to:
     (1) Striking or attempting to strike an Animal Services officer;
     (2) Providing an Animal Services officer with false information;
     (3) Taking or attempting to take, without authorization of HCSO Animal Services, any animal from any animal control officer performing his or her duties or from any animal trap or official vehicle used by HCSO Animal Services to transport animals or from the HCSO Animal Services Facility; and
     (4) Taking or damaging any county property used in conjunction with the performance of an Animal Services officer’s duties.