Meet the Staff

Ingham County Animal Control consists of 19 staff members tasked to enforce state and county animal laws and to help and protect both animals and its citizens.

Meet our Animal Control Deputies. Each officer is sworn to enforce the laws pertaining to animals in the State of Michigan and the Ingham County Animal Control Ordinance. Officers are assigned to one of three different shifts.

Officers investigate animal welfare complaints, vicious dog calls, bite reports and they patrol over 500 square miles of the county for complaints of dogs at-large; reports of dangerous or vicious dogs and enforcement of the dog licensing law. During shelter hours officers respond to emergency calls for injured animals needing medical attention and investigate animal cruelty complaints.

Officers also serve as educators in the community on topics of responsible pet ownership through various department programs promoting humane and responsible care of domestic animals.

The dispatchers take your complaint calls between 7:30am and 3:30pm on Monday. Tuesday through Friday complaint call hours are  from 7:30am-7:30pm.  On Saturdays the dispatcher takes complaints between 8:00am - 4:00pm.

The staff will assist you in finding a new pet for your home during regular shelter hours which are Tuesday - Wednesday 12-6pm, Thursday -Saturday 11:00am - 4:00pm. 

The kennel staff of ICAC will perform vaccinations and tests on over 100 animals daily in their effort to protect them from disease. 

The kennel staff is in charge of ensuring all the animals are clean, watered and fed daily. They will clean over 400 food and water bowls daily, 100 litter boxes and 218 kennels and cages every day.  Over 30 loads of laundry will be completed and approximately 30-plus dogs will be rotated outdoors into the large exercise runs where they receive fresh air, exercise and sunshine daily.

They are responsible for temperament assessment of animals as well as the humane euthanasia of those animals that are beyond rehabilitation for severe medical issues, injuries or aggressive behaviors too unsafe to re-home into the community.


Meet Chippy!

Chippy is very serious about one thing—putting identification on pets.   His job is to educate pet owners on the importance of dog & cats having tags, dog licensing and microchipping. He’ll be visiting all over Ingham County spreading the word about identification for pets. Pet identification is key to locating where pets live.  The shelter offers micro-chipping with Avid chips for $20. This can be done during open shelter hours. Identification can mean the difference between ever getting your pet safely home or not. The tag is no good if the information is outdated—be sure to update your information regularly.

Officer Ben Stewart 
Since 2015
Officer Ben Stewart 
Since 2015