Kenosha County Annual Dog Tag Application

Capture:  Domestic Lost/Found Stray Dogs

Robert W. Melby, Jr., of Clawz and Pawz, a family owned and operated business since 2001, has contracted with Somers for animal control services. Animal  control services on public land is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for stray domestic dogs, including those who are injured or dangerous. Upon capture, the animal will be transported to Safe Harbor Humane Society in Kenosha.

To reach animal control, call the Sheriff’s non emergency number: 262-656-1234, and they will dispatch Clawz and Pawz.

Do you have other animal issues?

Somers residents may encounter other animal issues that require professional help. Clawz and Pawz provides services on private property such as pet care, hobby farm care, transportation to the vet, wildlife eviction, exotic animal control, training, and more. For more information, call Clawz and Pawz directly at 262-880-3482.

Impoundment and Care: Dogs

Somers has contracted with Safe Harbor Humane Society to temporarily house, feed, water, and care for dogs brought in by Clawz and Pawz. Safe Harbor attempts to promptly to notify owners. WE ENCOURAGE ALL OWNERS TO PROVIDE A CURRENT IDENTIFICATION TAG AND/OR EAR CHIP SO EVERY EFFORT CAN BE MADE TO RETURN YOUR PET.

Abuse and Neglect Complaints

Don’t be silent. If you see abuse and neglect, we rely on you to step forward and report these crimes. Abuse may be related to shelter, food, water, disease, illness, injury, space, sanitation, air and light, confinement, collars, or grooming.

What do you do if you suspect?   

  1. Contact the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department (yes, you can remain anonymous) at 262-605-5100. Provide the address where the animal is kept, a description of your concerns and the condition of the animal. The Sheriff’s Department takes abuse or neglect calls seriously and will dispatch an officer to investigate.
  2. Or, contact the Village/Town of Somers at 262-859-2822 and ask to speak to Jason Peters (Administrator) or Mary Ann Cole (Clerk/Treasurer) to report your concerns. Yes, you can remain anonymous. Action will be taken.

Cost of Stray Animals to the Taxpayer

The Village/Town of Somers is dedicated to safe dog ownership for residents as well as their pet.  When a call is received about a stray dog in Somers, the Wisconsin Statutes require a certified humane officer pick up the animal who will then transport the animal to receive shelter and care. The cost related to this activity is reflected below and is included in the Village/Town of Somers annual budget.

2020 Annual Cost $13,718 (unaudited)
2019 Annual Cost $14,861
2018 Annual Cost $13,952
2017 Annual Cost $13,912
2016 Annual Cost $16,105
2015 Annual Cost $15,085
2014 Annual Cost $16,615
2013 Annual Cost $18,545
2012 Annual Cost $22,795
2011 Annual Cost $14,365
2010 Annual Cost $12,255

Dead Dog or Deer on Road or Side of Road

If the animal is located on or near a Kenosha County Road or Highway, contact the Kenosha County Department of Public Works, Highway Division at 262-857-1870 during regular business hours.

If the animal is located on or near a Village or Town of Somers Road or Street, contact the Somers Department of Public Works at 262-859-2822 during regular business hours.