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Resources to help us all become better pet owners.

Training Matters

A lot of animals end up in the shelter for a number of reasons. Often heard: he won't behave, she digs up the yard, he barks all the time, she tears up the house, or I don't have time for a dog. So the dog you adopt may or may not need some help learning to be a good dog. One thing to remember, a tired dog is a good dog, a bored dog is a naughty dog. Remember that old saying "you catch more bees with honey than vinegar"? It rings true when working with dogs. Using positive methods of training will get you the results you wish to see a lot faster than dominance, correction based methods. If you're working with a shy or fearful dog, positive reinforcement training will help your dog gain confidance easily.

Dog Bite Prevention

There is nothing sweeter than seeing a child connect with a dog. They'll grow up together and be best friends. But what happens when your dog bites? Usually the dog gets put to sleep. The child gets stitches, and might develop a fear of dogs, and is sad his buddy is dead. Bites can be prevented! It's up to us, the adults, to educate ourselves on body language and understand what we are seeing. We must actively supervise our dogs and kids, and educate our children on the proper way to play, pet, and handle a dog.

O'Neill Pit Bull Ordinance

City Information Coming Soon.
As of Feburary 2017 All Pit Bull type dogs must be spayed or neutered. They also must be micro chipped, and registered with the City of Oneill. That fee is $50

Dangerous Dog Ordinance

"Animal control authority" shall mean the entity authorized to enforce the animal control laws of the City, which is hereby designated as the O'Neill Police Department.
"Animal control officer" shall mean any individual employed, appointed or authorized by an animal control authority for the purpose of aiding in the enforcement of this act or any other law or ordinance relating to the licensing of animals, control of animals, or seizure and impoundment of animals and shall include any state or local law enforcement or other employee whose duties in whole or in part include assignments that involve the seizure and impoundment of any animals.
"Dangerous dog" shall mean any dog that, according to the records of an animal control authority:
A. Has inflicted any injury on a human being or damage to public or private property;
B. Has injured a domestic animal without provocation while the dog was off the owner's property; or
C. Has been previously determined to be a potentially dangerous dog by an animal control authority and the owner has received notice of such determination; such dog again bites, attacks or endangers the safety of humans or domestic animals.
A dog shall not be defined as a dangerous dog if the threat, injury or damage was sustained by a person who, at the time, was committing a willful trespass as defined in Neb. Rev. Stat. §20-203, 28-520, or 28-521 or any other tort upon the property of the owner of the dog; who was tormenting, abusing or assaulting the dog; who has, in the past, been observed or reported to have tormented, abused or assaulted the dog; or who was committing or attempting to commit a crime.

Vaccination Schedule

6-8 WEEKS: Canine Parvovirus, Canine Distemper, Canine Adenovirus
vaccines should be given every 3-4 weeks,
with the final puppy vaccination administered at 14-16 weeks of age.

10-12 WEEKS: Canine Parvovirus, Canine Distemper, Canine Adenovirus

12-16 WEEKS: Rabies

14-16 WEEKS: Canine Parvovirus, Canine Distemper, Canine Adenovirus

1 Yr: Canine Parvovirus, Canine Distemper, Canine Adenovirus, Rabies
*At veterinarian’s discretion, based on risk: Parainfluenza, Bordetella, Leptospirosis, Lyme

City of O'Neill Rabies Ordinance

SECTION 2-308:

Every dog three months of age and older shall be vaccinated against rabies pursuant to Nebraska law. Puppies shall be vaccinated within 30 days after having reached three months of age. Unvaccinated dogs acquired or moved into the City must be vaccinated within 30 days after purchase or arrival unless under three months of age as specified above. The provisions of this ordinance with respect to vaccination shall not apply to any dogs owned by a person temporarily residing within this city for less than 30 days, any dog brought into this city for show purposes, or any dog brought into this city for hunting purposes for a period of less than 30 days; such dogs shall be kept under the strict supervision of the owner.

Spay & Neuter

The best way to prevent pet over populaiton is to spay or neuter your animals.
Please see our list of links for some great information!

Myths and facts about spaying and neutering

From: Dogtime
MYTH: My dog will get fat and lazy.
FACT: The only way your dog will get fat and lazy is if you do not provide enough exercise and feed him too much.
MYTH: It’s better for my dog to have one litter before I spay her.
FACT: Medical evidence has shown that a dog who is spayed before her first heat cycle is typically healthier than dogs spayed after the first heat cycle or after having a litter of puppies.
MYTH: Children should experience the miracle of birth.
FACT: The likelihood of a child actually seeing a dog give birth is slim. Most births occur at night and in a secluded area. The only lesson the child learns is that dogs can be created and discarded as humans see fit.
MYTH: My dog is a purebred.
FACT: At least one out of every four dogs turned in to animal shelters around the country are purebred. There are just too many dogs bred, both mixed breed and purebred.
MYTH: My dog will not be protective if I neuter him.
FACT: A dog’s natural instinct to protect his home and family is not affected by spaying or neutering. A dog’s personality owes much more to genetics and environment than sex hormones.
MYTH: I don’t want my male dog to feel like less of a male.
FACT: Dogs have no concept of sexual identity or ego and neutering does not change a dog’s basic personality. He doesn’t suffer in any way when neutered.
MYTH: I have good homes available for all of the puppies.
FACT: True, you may have homes for your puppies, but for every home you find, there is one less home available for a shelter dog. Moreover, do you have guarantees that the people who take your puppies will not breed them and thus add even more dogs to the problem? Remember, the dog overpopulation problem is created and perpetuated one litter at a time.

City of O'Neill Impound

Impounded dogs are held at HCAS

A. It shall be the duty of the city police to capture, secure, and remove in a humane manner to the city animal shelter, licensed kennel or veterinary clinic any dog violating any of the provisions of this article. The dogs so impounded shall be treated in a humane manner and shall be provided with a sufficient supply of food and fresh water each day. Each impounded dog shall be kept and maintained at the pound for a period of not less than five days after public notice has been given unless reclaimed earlier by the owner.
B. Notice of impoundment of all animals, including any significant marks or identifications, shall be posted at the office of the city clerk within 24 hours after impoundment as public notification of such impoundment. Any dog may be reclaimed by its owner during the period of impoundment by payment of a general impoundment fee and daily board fee as set by resolution of the City Council, on file in the office of the city clerk, and by complying with the licensing and rabies vaccination requirements prior to release. If the dog is not claimed at the end of required waiting period after public notice has been given, it becomes the property of the Holt County Animal Shelter. (Neb. Rev. Stat. §17-548, 71-4408) (Am. by Ord. Nos. 477-A, 11/1/77; 626, 3/1/83; 834, 6/5/91; 1327, 1/21/13)