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Animal Control, Cruelty, and Complaints

MACC Animal Control Officers help keep Nashville/Davidson County safe and rescue animals in need. MACC Animal Control Officers responds to calls from the public and government agencies, seven days a week.

If you have a service request please call 615-862-7928.

An online complaint form is now available below.

MACC is committed to the prevention of animal cruelty and the enforcement of anti-cruelty laws. Animal cruelty is defined as behaviors that cause unnecessary pain, suffering, distress, and/or the death of animal. These acts may be obvious aggressive acts against an animal intended to cause pain or suffering or they may result from a failure to provide basic care necessary to preserve an animal's well-being. Tennessee State law makes the following illegal under its animal cruelty and related laws.

  • Animal fighting
  • Injuring, maiming, or killing any animal
  • Depriving an animal of necessary food or drink

MACC Officers enforce Nashville city code and Tennessee State Statues pertaining to animals. They hold the responsibility for responding to requests for help with stray animals, dangerous animals, animals in distress/injured animals and many other issues involving animals. They help to provide resources and education to the public in relation to their pets, and are key players in the documentation, investigation, and prosecution of animal cruelty cases. MACC staff are often the first responders on scene where evidence of animal cruelty may be present. We also provide care for many animals every year that have been the victims of abuse and neglect. MACC works closely with local authorities to document, collect, and preserve evidence for further evaluation and prosecution.

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