IF YOU HAVE A DOG OR CAT PROBLEM:Harris County Public Health: (281) 999-3191City of Houston Animal Control: (713) 837-0311Houston S.P.C.A.: (713) 869-7722Harris County Animal Services does not handle wildlife issues. They handle problems with domestic animals, namely dogs and cats. If you have a complaint about a barking dog or a dangerous dog, or have any questions about lost pets, stray cats, pet adoptions, leash laws, etc, give the county a call.
It is a free county service for domestic animal issues. The county will not take care of the raccoon in your yard, the squirrels in your attic, your rat infestation, or anything like that. For wildlife help, see our phone number below or go to our Houston wildlife removal home page. What to do when your neighbor’s dog won’t stop barking in Houston - Is your neighbor’s dog keeping you up at all hours of the night and day with its incessant barking? There is nothing worse, especially when you or your kids are trying to sleep! Perhaps the dog barking is setting off your dog and all you can hear all day is a chorus of bad barking? Whatever the case is – you have rights and there are some steps that you should take in order to get the barking to stop.
You will probably want to avoid actually confronting the neighbor as this can often end up in a rather heated debate. You should write or type up a small note mentioning the dog barking – nine times out of ten, the owner will be at work and probably doesn’t even realize what is going on. Make it short, to the point and polite – exactly how you would want someone to talk to you if your dog was making a crazy racket!If nothing happens, or the letter isn’t in some way acknowledged you can always turn to your local housing organization or landlord if you are renting.
There will normally be noise stipulations in rental agreements, so it is well worth finding out if your neighbors are renting and getting in touch with their landlord as well. You will find that most residential areas have noise control rules set in place, so don’t be afraid to find out what your rights are. If nothing happens from your complaint to the owner of the dog and the housing organization, (or neither of you are renting) it’s time to take a different approach.
This time, grab some information on the noise control in your area and print them out. Combine this in a neat little package with another letter, basically saying exactly what the first one did, but this time mentioning that this is the second time that you have tried to contact them about the complaint and that you will be taking the matter further if nothing is resolved. Again, do not be threatening or menacing in your words or language.
If you still don’t get a positive outcome from your effort, it’s time to call the boys in blue. You will need to remember that a dog barking situation is not always going to be a priority for your local law enforcement agency, buy you do still have rights so you should report the complaint. Make yourself a log of everything that has been going on – photos or noise clips of the dog barking, times and dates and also how long the barking goes on for, all copies of the correspondence you have with the owner/neighbor etc.
You will need all the evidence that you can get your hands on in order to get your problem resolved. Get yourself a lawyer. There are ways around this problem, and if it comes to resorting to a small claims court in order to allow your kids or yourself to get a good night’s sleep or a nap, so be it!IF YOU HAVE A WILDLIFE PROBLEM: 281-509-9653 We operate a professional wildlife removal and pest company here in Houston Texas.
We are wild critter specialists, and deal only with problem animals, such as raccoons, squirrels, rats, bats, snakes, and more. We are fully licensed and insured trained biologists, and provide a complete solution to any wildlife problem. We service homes and commercial properties throughout the greater Houston area. Give us a call any time to discuss your critter problem and we will schedule an immediate appointment.
We can usually come to your property same day, or if not, then next day, and we also perform emergency work. We operate 24/7/365. Harris County Dog/Cat Email: Hi: My name is Aklis and I need help to find which department of Harris County I should refer a complaint: We have a flea infestation coming from our neighbor yard, due to a dog that they have in the back. The dog is not treated properly and even the home next to this property, file a complaint to animal control no long ago, because we saw your van outside.
We spoke with the property owner. She said that she will buy chemicals to fight the infestation, but nothing has happen. The infestation is so bad, that we can't go out of the home now, and fleas are coming in now. I have a handicap child and I'm afraid that he get sick due to fleas bites. We almost can't get out of the home. Please help me. My son started his school vacation and now he can't even get out to his own yard.
We have spent already a lot of money to get rid of the infestation, but if our neighbor doesn't cooperate and work on the problem as well, we see that we are wasting our money, and it doesn't look that concern the property owner, because she doesn't live there. There is any public health department that help people on problems like this? Please adviseHarris County Wildlife Control Email: We first heard noises in the attic 2 nights ago (November 17), and they sounded louder and heavier than a rat or squirrel.
An electrician was in the attic today, and he got a whiff of something stinky and subsequently found some pretty fresh feces that he thought were larger than squirrel droppings. He suspected a possum or raccoon, but saw no openings large enough for either. From the exterior I have found no openings other than wood louvers at 3 gables. When we first moved in 3 yrs. ago I noticed that some of the chicken wire behind the louvers had been pulled back, but it did not appear that the louver openings would accommodate a possum or coon.
Previous owners had raccoons in their chimney, so they are in these parts. Lots of squirrels around here, too. You mentioned on your site that if it's a raccoon in the attic, it's probably a mother with young. Do you think that is likely in Houston TX in November? What is your opinion as to what it is? Thanks, CharlieMy response - Could be raccoon or opossum. In either case, there are no young in November.
Sometimes the entry point(s) can be very tricky to find. I've had cases in which the animals pushed up soffit covers that fell back into place, and it looks like nothing is open.See Also: North Reading Animal Hospital
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Click the SPEAK link on the right to SPEAK OUT for Harris County shelter pets! If we do not demand better, nothing will ever change. 48.93% Kill Rate / 51.07% Save Rate 75.44% Kill Rate for Cats only 32.43% Kill Rate for Dogs only 19,544 Total intakes (including 121 "Other") 12,091 Dog Intakes 7,332 Cat Intakes 3,485 Adoptions - 18% Total Adoption rate 2,705 Dogs Adopted - 22% Adoption Rate for cats only 778 Cats Adopted - 11% Adoption Rate for cats only 9,562 Animals were killed or lost 3,921 Dogs killed or lost 5,531 Cats killed or lost 1,309 Total Pets Returned to Owners - 9.
36% Return to Owner Rate 1,234 Dogs & puppies Returned to Owners - 14.66% Return to Owner Rate for Dogs only 75 Cats and kittens Returned to Owners - 1.35% Return to Owner Rate for Cats Only 63.62% Kill Rate / 36.38% Save Rate 22,811 Total intakes 2,641 Adoptions - 12% Adoption rate 14,512 animals were killed or lost 1,443 Dogs & puppies Returned to Owners We cannot calculate the Return to Owner Rate because Harris County did not break down intakes by stray or owner relinquished, but the numbers are very low considering the total intakes.
51% Kill Rate / 49% Save Rate 7,326 animals were killed or lost Breakdown: 6,997 killed 19 died on arrival 75 died in kennel 2 missing 233 rabies testing (meaning the animal was killed and his/her head sent to a lab for testing. 14,365 Total intakes 2,070 Adoptions - 14% Adoption rate 1,385 Dogs & puppies Returned to Owners We cannot calculate the Return to Owner Rate because Harris County did not break down intakes by stray or owner relinquished> but the numbers are very low considering the total intakes.
85.2% Kill Rate / 14.8% Save Rate 7,196 cats were killed or lost Breakdown: 7,044 killed 13 died on arrival 57 died in kennel 9 missing 73 rabies testing (meaning the cat was killed and his/her head sent to a lab for testing. 8,446 Total intakes 571 Adoptions - 7% Adoption rate 58 Cats/Kittens Returned to Owners We cannot calculate the Return to Owner Rate because Harris County did not break down intakes by stray or owner relinquished, but the numbers are extremely low considering the total intakes.
76.33% Kill Rate / 23.67% Save Rate 24,790 Total intakes 1,839 Adoptions - 7% Adoption rate 18,923 animals were killed or lost 1,505 Pets Returned to Owners We cannot calculate the Return to Owner Rate because Harris County did not break down intakes by stray or owner relinquished, but the numbers are very low considering the total intakes. 81.67% Kill Rate / 18.33% Save Rate 26,019 Total intakes 1,507 Adoptions - 6% Adoption rate 21,250 animals were killed or lost 1,480 Pets Returned to Owners We cannot calculate the Return to Owner Rate because Harris County did not break down intakes by stray or owner relinquished, but the numbers are very low considering the total intakes.