We Help You Deal With The Aftermath of an Animal Attack in Highland County, Fl.

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How to Contact Highlands County Animal Control

Highlands County, Florida is like most counties when it comes to animal control. There are regulations about pet ownership, spaying, and neutering, and they maintain a shelter where found animals can be reclaimed or adopted. Most people interact with l when they are looking for a lost pet, or looking to adopt a rescue to bring a pet into their lives.

But if you have encountered a dangerous animal or suffered a dog bite, you may need to call for more pressing reasons. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done. DoNotPay can help you file the reports and deal with the aftermath, up to and including filing a lawsuit to reclaim the medical costs from an irresponsible dog owner. We're here to help. Here's what you need to know first.

About Highlands County Animal Control Center

Highlands County animal control features a shelter and animal care branch and an enforcement branch. The animal control officers are responsible for retrieving lost animals on the loose, investigating and rescuing abused animals, and containment of dangerous animals.

The good news is that the officers clearly love animals. The Highlands County animal control website homepage is covered in pictures of officers snuggling animals, and most of the website is dedicated to animals available for adoption, every picture featuring clean, happy animals in rustic - but well kept - enclosures.

Animal Control Regulations in Highlands County

  1. All dogs & cats over 4 months must be vaccinated and licensed
  2. All pets must have a tag or microchip
  3. All dogs must remain on the owner's property or leashed at all times.
  4. Any dogs found roaming will be impounded
  5. All animals must be treated humanely
  6. Outdoor pets must have appropriate shelter
  7. Dogs should be kept from becoming a neighborhood nuisance
  8. Dogs that bite or chase on public property are subject to dangerous dog laws
  9. It is illegal to interfere with animal services officers

The Highlands County Animal Control Center Location, Hours, and Contact Details

There are three ways to contact the Highlands animal control center. You can arrive in person during office hours, call one of the two numbers, or submit a report through the simple online email form. That's it. If you need another form of contact, DoNotPay is your best route to fulfill your needs.

Their hours of operation are Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM; Saturday: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM and they are closed on Sundays and Holidays.

Address7300 Haywood Taylor Blvd.

Sebring, Florida, 33876

Phone NumberGeneral: 863-402-6730

After Hours: 863-402-7200

EmailCONTACT (hcso-animalservices.org)

How to Deal with an Out-of-Control Animal in Highlands County On Your Own

You may need to contact if you have experienced or witnessed a dog bite or encountered a dangerous animal. You may need to file a lawsuit against an irresponsible, abusive, or neglectful owner that allowed a dog attack to happen. But first, make sure you take the right steps in the right order.

Secure Your Safety

First and foremost, secure your safety. Get yourself along with other humans and pets away from the dangerous animal. Seek medical attention for yourself and anyone else who was injured. This is the most important first step.

Report a Dangerous or Loose Animal

If you know about a dangerous dog or wild animal on the loose, this is what Highlands County animal control is there to help you with. Call or file a report to let them know. They'll bring well-equipped experts and the right vehicle to get the dangerous animal out of the public space and safe - for the animal and those the animal has been menacing.

Send Demand Letters To the Owner of an Animal that Causes Injury

Dangerous dogs often have owners. In Highlands County, a dog owner is fully responsible for keeping their dog contained or on a leash. If an owned dog causes an injury, the owner is liable for the damages - and you may need to send demand letters to them to cover your own medical expenses through their liability insurance. You could hire a dog bite lawyer, but DoNotPay makes this type of lawsuit easy.

Report Incidents of Animal Abuse or Neglect

If you witness or suspect incidents of animal abuse or neglect, a report to Highlands County animal control can save the animal and hold the owner accountable. Often, abuse can make an animal scared and aggressive, so you may also be preventing future injuries as well as rescuing the animal from abuse.

Handling a Highlands County Animal Control Issue with the Help of DoNotPay

Dealing with the aftermath of a dangerous animal is not always easy. You may have your own injuries to worry about - or someone you care about may be injured. You may need to file a report with Highlands animal control, but don't have time to call or go in person. You may need to file a lawsuit against the owner to cover medical costs, but don't know where to start.

DoNotPay can help. Just fill out the information on our helpful online form and let us know the actions you want to take. Then let us take care of the time-consuming, precise, paperwork-heavy part of the process, so you can focus on recovering from your encounter with the dangerous animal.

How to report an animal-related incident on DoNotPay:

If you want to report an animal-related injury but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in 3 easy steps:

  1. Search "animal" on DoNotPay, find the Animal Control product, and select whether you've sustained a physical injury.

  2. Select whether you would like to report this incident to your local government agency, or demand compensation from the pet owner.

  3. Tell us more about the incident, including when and where you were injured, a description of the animal that caused the injury, and the contact information for the pet owner (if known).

And that's it! DoNotPay will file the demand letter or government report on your behalf with your incident details! You should hear back from them directly with further questions/confirmation regarding your demands.

Note that this product allows you to do two things: generate a demand letter to claim compensation or make a report to animal control.

Contact Animal Control or Claim Compensation Anywhere in the US

If you or someone you know has encountered a dangerous animal, DoNotPay can help with animal services or pet owner lawsuits in any state, county, or city.

Why Use DoNotPay to Handle Highlands Animal Control Reporting?

FastYou don't have to spend hours trying to reach their office.
EasyYou don't have to struggle to fill out tedious forms or keep track of all the steps involved in reporting a nuisance or vicious animal or claiming compensation from the owner.
SuccessfulYou can rest assured knowing we'll make the best case for you.

What else can DoNotPay do?


In Highlands County, dog owners are fully responsible for keeping their pets under control - enclosed or on a leash at all times. DoNotPay can help you claim medical damages if you have been bit by a dog in Highlands County or report a loose dangerous animal to Highlands County animal services.

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