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Frequently Asked Questions - Support Services Section
Frequently Asked Questions - Support Services Section 
 
1. What can be done about chickens running loose?
2. How do I contact a “trapper” in reference to wild or exotic animals?
3. Dead animal removal from beside county and state roads.
4. Is there any group / individual that will rescue injured animals such as potbellied pigs, exotic birds etc?
5. If a dog is trying to kill my “domesticated animal” or “livestock”, can I shoot It?
6. How do I properly post my property?
 
Answers
 

1. What can be done about chickens running loose?
Answer: There are currently no laws or county ordinances that pertain to fowl. However, if a “owner” can be located, then they can be contacted and informed that they are responsible for any damage that their chickens may have caused (via civil court). If there is no owner for the fowl, then a “trapper” can be contracted to remove them.

2. How do I contact a “trapper” in reference to wild or exotic animals?
Answer: The Support Services Section maintains a list of “trappers” for the Polk County area. This list is obtained from the Florida Wildlife Commission (FWC).

3. Dead animal removal from beside county and state roads.
Answer: If the animal(s) are on state roads, call the Florida Department of Transportation (DOT). If the animals are on county roads, call County Radio who will notify Roadway Maintenance.

4. Is there any group / individual that will rescue injured animals such as pot-
bellied pigs, exotic birds etc?
Answer: The Support Services Section and Animal Control maintain lists of persons / groups that will rescue these type animals.

5. If a dog is trying to kill my “domesticated animal” or “livestock”, can I shoot
It?
Answer: Yes, if there is satisfactory proof that the dog had been or was killing
any domestic animal or livestock (FS 767.03).
 

6. How do I properly post my property?
Answer: FS 810.011 (5)(a) No trespass signs should be placed not more than 500 feet apart and at the corners of the property. The signs should have letters no less than 2 inches in height with the words “No Trespassing” plus the owners/lessee/occupant’s name on them.