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For animal complaints, call
855-3771 or 911 in an emergency.
Animal Control Officer Amber Bowman
responds to animal complaints.
Her hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday through Friday.
Bowman’s duties are to enforce the
city, county and state animal laws,
protect animals and keep people safe
from dangerous animals.
• Investigating animal cruelty
• Picking up stray dogs and taking
them to the Bella Vista Animal
• Issuing citations to owners for
barking dogs or for allowing their
dogs and cats to run loose in the
neighborhood. The animal control
officer must actually hear and see
the pets before she can issue a
• Putting down sick animals. If a
wild animal seems to be sick, Bowman
will put it down. Skunks tend to
carry rabies,” Bowman said. “If they
don’t act right and are out during
the day, call 855-3771. Raccoons
carry Lyme disease. Raccoons and
foxes also act sick because they
might have distemper.”
Duties do not include:
• Removing wildlife from an area.
Some wildlife examples are raccoons,
beaver, opossum, armadillos, bats,
foxes, deer and coyotes.
• Putting down a deer following an
• Picking up stray cats or kittens.
How do you get rid of unwanted
animals or wildlife?
• Check out a loaner-trap from the
police department. Trap and relocate
the animal yourself.
• Call local wildlife or animal
removal services. Names and numbers
can be found in the local phone book
or on the Internet.
What happens when the animal
control officer isn’t on duty?
An on-duty police officer will
answer an animal complaint call when
they have time.
For more information, click on
the links below
Please link the page to the dog
license information page. They can
find dog licensing information, dog
licensing application, dog ownership
change the animal control ordinance.
Also add the Bella Vista Animal
Dog License Information —
Bella Vista Animal Shelter —
the City contracts with the Bella
Vista Animal Shelter to provide care
and shelter to stray dogs and cats.
A reclaim fee is charged and the
cost increases if an animal is a
repeat guest of the shelter. If a
dog or cat is not reclaimed by the
owner within five (5) calendar days,
it shall become the property of the
shelter and available for adoption.