Animal Services

The Animal Services Department is open during the week to assist the public with most needs, and is available to handle all phone calls for the Chelsea Bailey Animal Shelter. Animal Services:
  • Provides services which help prevent animals from becoming a danger or a nuisance to the community.
  • Strives to improve responsible pet ownership throughout the community
  • Provides the community with awareness of animal stewardship through educational programs, public information, and animal control.
  • Educates the community about the importance of spaying and neutering pets.
  • Responds to animal-related requests and complaints from the community.
  • Coordinates dispatch for Animal Control.
  • Helps with lost and found reports.
  • Provides animal traps and trapping instructions.
Complete information on department duties and animal regulations and requirements in Butte-Silver Bow can be found in Butte-Silver Bow Municipal Code, Title 6

Dog Licenses
Dog owners must purchase a city license which will register their dog in Butte-Silver Bow. The licenses are sold at the Animal Services Department next door to the Animal Shelter at 699 Centennial Ave, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Dog owners can purchase a five-year license for $25 or a lifetime license for $75; discounts are offered for senior citizens.offices 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday. 

The only requirement to license your dog is proof of a current rabies vaccination. The license is valid as long as the rabies vaccine is kept current. If the rabies vaccine lapses, you will need to purchase a new license. When licensing your dog, please bring your current rabies certificate to the Animal Services Department. 
 
Please contact Animal Services with questions, or for more details about the information you will need to provide in order to license your dog.

Animal Control
Animal Control Officers respond to all animal complaints and enforce all City-County animal ordinances and regulations. There are three full-time Animal Control Officers. They work regular shifts Monday through Saturday.

After-Hours Emergencies
Officers rotate on-call shifts where they can be reached 24/7 for emergencies. An officer can only respond to high-priority emergencies after hours. These include:
  • A person or animal in immediate danger.
  • Bite cases.
  • Injured animals that are still alive.
  • An animal on a highway causing a traffic problem.

For extreme emergencies, dial 911.

Compliment, Complaint, or Incident Report
You may download a voluntary statement form to report a complaint, or if you witnessed an incident. You may submit the form via email, standard mail, or in person at the Animal Services Office.

Neighborhood Complaint Form
The neighborhood complaint form for barking dogs may be downloaded if you and your neighbors are having a problem with a persistent barking dog. Only one person need sign the petition, but neighbors may sign also. Return the form via email, standard mail, or in person at the Animal Services Office and the office will serve the owner of the dog.

Animal Ordinances
Butte-Silver Bow Animal Ordinances may be found in the Butte-Silver Bow Municipal Code, Title 6, or check the Municipal Code Index for more specific topics.

Rabies Vaccination Requirement
Ordinance 6.04.292 in the Butte-Silver Bow Municipal Code requires that all dogs and cats are to be kept current on the rabies vaccine. Most vaccines are valid for two years, except for the first inoculation which expires after a year. The rabies vaccine can only be given by a licensed veterinarian, so call your local clinic and make an appointment.