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Reclaiming Seized Animals & Bite Holds
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Jurisdiction

If you wish to reclaim an animal that has been seized by Animal Control as a result of a law enforcement action (i.e. abuse, neglect, dangerous) or for bite quarantine, you first need to determine the appropriate jurisdiction.

City Of Portage
If your animal was seized within the City of Portage, contact Portage Animal Control at (219) 763-1825 to determine their laws and policies regarding reclaiming of animals.

In Porter County EXCEPT for the City of Portage
If your animal was seized in Porter County EXCEPT for the City of Portage, the following applies.

Dangerous, Abused or Neglected Animals
Dangerous, abused or neglected animals seized by Porter County Animal Control as a result of a law enforcement action will most likely be housed and cared for at the Porter County Animal Shelter.  These animals are placed on law enforcement hold and CANNOT BE RELEASED by Shelter personnel without the approval of Animal Control or the courts, if applicable.  To obtain release of the seized animal(s), please call Porter County Animal Control at (219) 477-3000.

To learn more about the laws regarding seizure and release of dangerous, abused or neglected animals, CLICK HERE to view the Porter County Animal Control Ordinance.


Animals In Bite Quarantine
Animals seized because they have bitten a human, and whose owner has not provided proof of a current rabies vaccination, must be held for a MANDATORY ten days.  If such biting animal is not found to be infected with rabies at the expiration of the ten day period for observation of rabies, and if there is no additional reason in the judgment of the Porter County Animal Control and/or the Porter County Animal Shelter Director to continue impoundment, the animal may be returned to the owner, upon payment of the costs of the keep of such animal, including any veterinary service fees incurred.  Owner MUST provide proof of a pre-paid scheduled appointment with a veterinarian for a rabies vaccination.  The owner MUST provide documentation to the Shelter that the vaccination was performed.

To learn more about the laws regarding animal bites and quarantine requirements, CLICK HERE to view the Porter County Animal Control Ordinance.