Louis S. Viverito

Please call (708) 424-9200 ex. 123 to report animal concerns.

Animal Control

Concerns about lost pets, stray animals, and nuisance wildlife can be directed to the Animal Warden at (708) 424-9200 ext 123.

Steps To Take If You Lose Your Dog or Cat

• Report missing pets to your local police station and/or call Animal Control of Stickney Township at 708-424-9200.
• Log onto Facebook and register at Lostdogsillinois and Burbank Beat FB.

The Flea Season and Your Pets

The Stickney Township Environmental Health Department is aware that this time of year can see an increased activity of flea populations. Dogs and cats get infested with fleas through the contact with other animals, and with fleas in the environment. Fleas have strong back legs that enable it to jump from host to host, or from the environment onto a host. Fleas can be seen scurrying along the surface of the skin, and can cause itching for the host. They are dark copper colored and about the size of the head of a pin.

We would like to remind our residents to take these precautions during flea season:

  • Owners should look for fleas around the belly and inner thigh of dogs and cats.
  • In addition to treating the dog or cat for flea’s owners should wash all bedding in hot soapy water if the pet spends time on your bed.
  • All carpeting should be vacuumed thoroughly and the vacuum bag should be thrown away.
  • A professional pest control expert may be needed to treat the inside and outside of the home.
  • If you discover your dog or cat has fleas contact your veterinarian.
  • Your veterinarian will be your best source for current flea information. If your dog or cat has fleas, you may see small red bumps with a red ‘halo” around the bite center. Bites are in groups of three or four, or in a straight line. Bites can appear around the ankle, knee, waists, breasts, groin, or in the folds of the elbows and knees. To relieve the symptoms of fleabites, try over the counter anti-itch creams and antihistamine medications. Avoid scratching the area. If you notice signs of an infection at the bite site, such as a white pocket or rash, make an appointment to see your doctor.

    For more information on flea protection and prevention visit The Illinois department of Public Health web page at:

    http://www.dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/environmental-health-protection/structural-pest-control/fleas

    General Updates

    • Have your dogs and cats micro chipped and don't forget to register the micro ship and keep it updated.
    • Animals that are micro chipped are held for 7 days in the shelter and animals that are not chipped are held for 3 days.
    • Dogs and cats are considered personal property and after their days are up, those in possession of them legally own them. If the finder decides to hold onto them istead of surrendering them to a shelter, they must follow the law by making every effort to find the owners. Those animals that heve been taken to the shelter have the same amount of days to be held.
    • If you have wildlife frequenting your property please make every effort to keep it clean and free of food, including bird seed. You can get Coyote urine to deter them from coming on your property. Seal holes and get ride of any junk including cars that are not being used. Animals are about territory and who possesses what area so get busy and claim your own territory.
    • Dog ppop is a high source of food for rats and if you don't pick it up daily, you may find yourself with a rat problem..
    • Feral cats are common in Stickney Township, if you feed them, you won them. You must abide by the laws!
    • Dogs must be leashed at all times.
    • You must pick up after your dogs.
    Thank you and we look forward to helping you in the future.

  • Louis S. Viverito

    New Animal Control Truck Introduced

    In 2017, the township introduced a new state of the art Animal Control truck. The new vehicle includes larger capacity than the the truck it replaces and features 10 temperature controlled and well lit animal containment spaces. Supervisor Louis S. Viverito was joined by staff and elected officials in presenting the truck to Animal Warden Pam Barnett.

    Pictured left to right: Highway Commissioner Dan Paluch, Health Department Director Chris Grunow, Clerk Hector Ceasario, Environmental Health Director Michael Katcher, Animal Warden Pam Barnett and Supervisor Louis S. Viverito.