Canine Control


The Animal Control Division performs numerous functions, including the capture of dogs at large, protection of animals, investigations of animal abuse and neglect, and enforcement of local and state animal laws.

Reporting a Lost or Found Canine

If you have lost a dog or found a dog please follow the link below to fill out a form that will be submitted to the Ozark Canine Control (OCC) Division. Canine Lost & Found Form

If we pick up a dog matching your description, you will be notified so that you may formally identify your dog.  If we receive a lost report matching a found report, contact will be made with both parties to try and connect them.

Keep in mind that OCC ONLY pick up stray dogs (No Cats) inside the city limits of Ozark.

Obtaining a Pet License

To obtain a city license for your pet the cost is $2.50 for spayed or neutered dogs, and $4.00 for intact pets. The City of Ozark does require citizens to have an updated rabies vaccination to obtain a city license. The City of Ozark requires citizens to register their dogs annually. Impounded dogs in order to be released to their owners must obtain a current rabies vaccination, city license, and pay a $20.00 holding fee. Licenses are obtained at Ozark City Hall.  (417) 581-2407.

Adoption of Animals

All currently impounded animals must be held by Animal Control for seven (7) days. All impounded dogs not claimed after such period can be adopted if the person adopting provides the following: 
  • All fees paid ($20.00 impound fee)
  • Must arrange/pay for rabies vaccinations with Animal Control and Veterinary Clinic 
  • Must be spayed or neutered at the expense of the person adopting before released

Reporting Animal Control Issues

If you have lost or found a pet; want to report a dangerous animal, animal at large, animal nuisance, or animal neglect, please call Ozark Animal Control at (417) 582-0535. 

Examples of Violations 
  • More than three dogs and/or cats over the age of six months at one residential location
  • Animals not vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian and not displaying the tag provided by the veterinarian showing a current rabies vaccination
  • Animals at large
  • Frequent howling, barking, baying, or yelping by an animal that disturbs the peace of the neighborhood
  • Owner fails to provide adequate care or adequate control which results in substantial harm to the animal
  • Animal abandonment

This list is not a comprehensive list of all city codes regarding animals. It is a brief, summarized list of just a few of the most common violations.