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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

Although MACC does not have law enforcement powers, we 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, and we provide care for many animals each year who have been the victims of abuse and neglect. MACC also works closely with local authorities to document, collect, and preserve evidence for further evaluation and prosecution.

Animal Control Metro Codes

Animal Complaint

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