The Blue Springs Police Department provides a variety of important services to the community. While other services may be more visible, the role of the Animal Control Unit is a vital one to community safety and quality of life.

The Blue Springs Police Department provides a variety of important services to the community. While other services may be more visible, the role of the Animal Control Unit is a vital one to community safety and quality of life.

BSPD has a complement of three fulltime Animal Control Officers that are in demand for service. Through the Public Safety Sales Tax passed in 2011, the department will be adding a fourth fulltime ACO, which is budgeted for this coming summer as the need for animal control services increases with the warm weather.

Here are some helpful facts about animals in the city of Blue Springs that you may not be aware of:

Each household is limited to having four adult pets per household (does not include litters under the age of six months);

Rabies vaccinations are required by law.  Currently, vaccinations are required annually; a law proposing to change this requirement to accommodate the three-year vaccination is being proposed but not yet in effect;

While ACOs are not on duty 24/7, the department maintains an on-call list for emergencies. In addition, regular uniformed patrol officers will respond to any dangerous situations to assist until specialists can be obtained;

The Citizen’s Public Safety Board is charged by ordinance to review animal control laws;

The Missouri Conservation Department is responsible for wildlife in the city (as opposed to pets) and provides information about common back yard concerns for wildlife; and

Owners of animals are required to prevent the potential for harboring a “dangerous animal.” If an owner is found guilty of harboring a dangerous animal, a conviction can result in jail time of up to 90 days and fines. This ordinance is not limited to specialized situations such as a pit bull, but applies to all dangerous animals.

Blue Springs ACOs regularly investigate animal bites as well as animal neglect or abuse. They are trained and ready to respond to dangerous, difficult or unusual situations including helping to locate a lost cat or dog.  

Blue Springs Animal Control can be reached at 816-228-0148.