Notice regarding Great Horned Owls
In December 2020 and January 2021, Naperville Animal Control received several reports of incidents involving a Great Horned Owl swooping at and injuring small dogs in residential areas near Downtown Naperville.
Willowbrook Wildlife Center advises pet owners of small dogs (under 20 lbs.) to walk their pet on a short leash, be aware of your surroundings and carry a quick-open umbrella to scare an approaching owl. Concerned pet owners can also research products, such as vests, made to protect small animals from birds of prey.
Naperville Animal Control is a unit within the Naperville Police Department that:
- Enforces local and state animal control and welfare laws
- Operates a shelter for stray and non-native/exotic animals
- Rescues animals that are stray, injured or in danger
- Promotes responsible pet ownership and animal care through education and enforcement
Last year, Naperville Animal Control received over 1,400 service call for service regarding wildlife, including many raccoons and skunks with canine distemper. The virus affects the respiratory, gastrointestinal and nervous systems. Raccoons and skunks are pre-disposed to this disease, as are dogs. If your dog can contract the disease if it has not been vaccinated against distemper and comes in contact with a raccoon or skunk with the virus. Most dogs are vaccinated as pups against distemper and should receive annual boosters. Puppies who have not yet been vaccinated are at particularly high risk. To keep your pet safe, it is best to keep your dog on a leash when on walks and scan your backyard before letting your dog out.
Find pictures and descriptions of animals currently impounded at Naperville Animal Care and Control. If one of these animals belongs to you, please call Naperville Animal Control at (630) 420-6178.See who's in our care