Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday (not including holidays) 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Telephone Number: 847-391-6128
Telephone calls received after 4:00 pm will be returned the next business day
Des Plaines Police Department
1418 Miner / Northwest Highway
Des Plaines, IL 60016
Additional telephone numbers for animal related issues:
To request or inquire about using a live city animal trap, animal ordinances, or other animal related questions
To report a trapped nuisance animal using a city animal trap before 9:00am Monday through Friday (not including holidays)
To contact Northwest Animal Hospital for more information or questions on having your pet micro-chipped, impounded animals, and the adoption of stray cats or dogs
*Please note – Cook and State Laws prohibit leaving an animal trapped for more then 24 hours*
As the warmer weather is quickly approaching, wildlife activity may be increasing throughout neighborhoods. The Des Plaines Police Department’s Animal Control Division would like to remind residents that the feeding of nuisance wildlife is prohibited within the city.
Specifically, the Des Plaines City Code Section 6-1A-19 entitled Feeding of Nuisance Wildlife Prohibited states:
“It shall be prohibited to feed any nuisance wildlife, whether on private or public property. Nuisance animals include, but are not limited to, squirrels, raccoons, skunks, opossums, fox and coyotes.”
While it is our department’s policy to assist homeowners in Des Plaines with the humane trapping of nuisance animals on their property by providing them with the use of live animal traps, residents should be aware that an animal is considered a nuisance only when it is attempting to burrow or has already burrowed into the foundation of a dwelling. Wild animals that may be on your property or seen in neighborhoods that are feeding in garbage receptacles, digging in lawns, or living under a refuse pile are not considered to be a nuisance as they are not attempting to dig under a foundation.
Generally, wild animals are free to roam throughout neighborhoods and usually will not linger in the area unless they find food or shelter. By not feeding the wildlife, securing garbage can receptacles, and cleaning up yards of debris, wild animals will relocate naturally to other areas in search of food and shelter. Therefore, it is for the common good for all residents within our community to abide by the city code and not to feed the wildlife.