Animal Control
Arlene Sterling-Chief Animal Control Officer
78 North Webster Street
White Cloud, MI 49349

M-Tu-Th-F 11am-1pm

Phone: (231) 689-1867 After Hours: (231) 689-7020

Animal Control

The Office of Animal Control enforces the Dog Law of 1919, which is an act relating to dogs, providing for the protection of livestock and poultry from damage caused by dogs.  It provides licensing, regulates the keeping of dogs, and authorizes their destruction in certain cases.  It also imposes powers and duties of certain state, county, city and township regulations.  Animal Control enforces state laws in Newaygo County for the public safety and well being of its residents, promotes public awareness of the need to license and vaccinate animals for and against rabies and other communicable diseases. 
The Office of Animal Control serves an area of 864 square miles. The staff consists of two full time officers and a part time shelter attendant. A variety of duties are performed by animal control staff.  Cleaning of the shelter, care of the animals, picking up animals, preparing cases for court and investigating animal cruelty are just some of the day to day duties that are performed by the officers.

If you are interested in adopting a pet from the Newaygo County Animal Shelter, click here.  You will be directed to the Animal Shelter page at To find pets outside of Newaygo County visit to find the right pet for your family.

Animal Control Officers may be reached by telephone from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. If you are calling outside of the hours noted please call 689-7303.