animal control

[ an-uh-muhl kuhn-trohl ]
/ ˈæn ə məl kənˌtroʊl /


a government entity that takes custody of stray domestic animals and facilitates their return to or placement in a home environment, defends animals from abuse and neglect, and protects the public from aggressive or dangerous animals: Someone needs to call animal control to deal with the feral cats in this neighborhood.
Also called animal control agency, animal control service. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019