Animal Control


Animal Control is responsible for:

  • Enforcing state and county animal control regulations
  • Protecting animals from cruelty, abuse, or abandonment
  • Protecting the public from the dangers and nuisances of uncontrolled, dangerous, or feral animals

Monroe County helps fund three animal control shelters, operated by independent contractors that provide services 24 hours a day, seven days a week to the County and all incorporated cities.


Animal control officers conduct investigations, issue citations, and attend court proceedings related to alleged violations. The shelters provide all animals in custody with proper care, nutrition, and shelter. The contractors provide an adoption service for all adoptable animals that are not claimed by their owners. They are also responsible for ensuring that all dogs, cats, and ferrets are properly vaccinated for rabies and have valid, up-to-date county license tags and certificates.


KEY WEST: The Florida Keys Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)

5230 College Road
Key West, FL 33040
Phone: 305-294-4857
After-Hours: 305-304-5964
Fax: 305-294-1331
SPCA Website

MARATHON: The Florida Keys Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

10550 Aviation Boulevard
Marathon, FL 33050
Phone: 305-743-4800
After-Hours: 305-394-7806

KEY LARGO: Humane Animal Care Coalition

105951 Overseas Highway
Key Largo, FL 33037
Phone: 305-451-0088
Fax: 305-451-2073



The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners amended the Monroe County Code to require animals in public places to be on a leash.

“Effective voice command” is no longer an acceptable means of control for an animal in a public place since this method has failed in several situations, resulting in actual or potential injury to the unleashed animal, other animals or people.

The regulation requires a physically capable person to be in control of an animal by means of a leash; or for the animal to be enclosed by a secure fence or other means of confinement.

The County’s animal control contractors throughout the Keys approved of the changes to the ordinance. The law applies County-wide and within municipalities if there is no conflict with an existing municipality’s ordinance.


The mission of Animal Control is to promote responsible pet ownership, animal care, and community safety; increase adoptions, and reduce pet overpopulation. Animal Control strives to treat the symptoms of irresponsible pet ownership while seeking to eliminate the causes by compassionately using education and enforcement measures.