Click here for other contact numbers       Dispatch:  269-657-3101      Admin:  269-657-2006      Jail Information:  269-657-2171


                                             index   sitemap



                                                                          search engine by freefind


   Click on an icon below
   for instructions & apps
   To text a tip, text message
   to CRIMES (274637) with the
   the keyword VBCTIP from
   a mobile phone.


















   Animal Control


Click on blue underlined links for more information

About Us     Dog License     Pet Adoptions     Contact Us

  Animal Control 
   For hours, location and additional information about Animal Control, click here.
     Last year was the first full year of the Animal Control Division under our supervision. We could not locate workload data from previous years to compare activities, however, based from input on a long term employee and revenue generated on an off licensing year, all indications tell us it was exceptionally busy. Officers responded to 1,068 dogs at large calls; assisted local agencies 69 times; 169 animal cruelty complaints; 359 misdemeanor dog law violations; completed 585 follow up investigations and wrote 319 citations.
     The kennel operation received 931 dogs with 233 returned to their owners and 80 adopted. Because of our strong relationship with AlVan, and other animal survivor groups, we were able to place another 169 animals with them. I can say this never occurred in the past.
     Additionally, we have expanded the enforcement and kennel operations to 7 days per week to be more responsive to our citizen needs.

   Dog License
       Michigan Complied Law 287.266 requires that all dogs over 4 months old MUST have BOTH a current rabies vaccination AND a current dog license.  Michigan Law 287.267 requires that the tag must be worn by your dog. 
      Dog Licenses must be obtained by March 1st or by the time a puppy is 4 months old.  Newly acquired dogs and dogs of new residents will be charged the regular rate if licensed within 30 days of acquiring or moving into the county.

WARNING - There are criminal and financial penalties for failure to properly vaccinate and license your dogs.  Non-compliance is costly.

 Click here to download the dog licensing application. Print and complete an application for EACH dog you own

Instructions for dog owners:

  1. Make sure your dog is currently vaccinated for rabies. Your veterinarian will give you a Certificate of Rabies Vaccination showing the expiration date for the vaccination.  You may also attend one of the special clinics held at various locations in the county, where your dogs can be vaccinated and your license applications processed.  Watch your weekly shopping paper for details.
    Your dog's vaccination must have 30 days remaining on it in order to purchase a 1-year license.  If your dog's vaccination expires after April 1st, you may purchase a 3-year license.
  2. Download and complete the Application for Dog License form as completely as possible.  Use a separate form for each dog you own. Additional application forms are also available at the locations shown below or by calling the County Treasurer at 269-657-8228.
  3. Mail BOTH the Certificate of Rabies Vaccination, the completed Application for Dog License, along with the proper license fee amount to the Van Buren Co. Treasurer.  If you prefer (and for fastest service), you may apply for the license in person at the Van Buren Co. Treasurer's Office or any office listed below.
  4. Upon receipt of the required documents and fee, your license and tag will be mailed to you.  Your Certificate of Vaccination will be returned to you.  If you don't receive these items within 60 days, please contact the Van Buren Co. Treasurer at the address below.
  5. Microchip implantation and registration is available at most licensed Veterinarian's offices.  Please contact your Veterinarian for details.  (Published pursuant to PA 551 of 2006)
  6. The State of Michigan maintains a statewide tattoo identification registry for dogs.  Contact the Department of Agriculture at 517-241-2748 for more information.

Mail or take application to:

Van Buren County Treasurer                                   Animal Control Facility     
219 E. Paw St., - Suite 101                                          58040 CR 681
Paw Paw MI  49079                                                      Hartford MI  49057
   269-657-8228                                                                269-621-4624

Pet Adoptions  -  Good homes needed!  Click here for pet adoptions. 

The Van Buren County Domestic Animal Control facility is located at:

58040 C.R. 681
Hartford, MI, 49057

It is 1/4 mile south of Red Arrow Highway on C.R. 681.

Phone: (269) 621-4624

Click here to send us an email.

Office hours are:
Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

OFFICE AFTER HOURS - call the Van Buren County Sheriff's Dept. (269) 657-3101.

Click here for additional information about our Animal Control program.


back to top

  Most Wanted

Jesus Lopez               
Juan Solis-Reyna

      Click on photo to view individual profile of Most Wanted

Van Buren County Sheriff's Office 
All Rights Reserved

             124,927 124,927