ACO Amber Bowman
Animal Control responds to animal complaints during regular hours, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Bowman’s duties are to enforce the city, county and state animal laws, protect animals and keep Bella Vistans safe from dangerous animals.
At other times, on-duty officers will respond to calls as time permits.
ACO Duties include:
• Investigating animal cruelty reports.
• Picking up stray dogs and transporting them to the Bella Vista Animal Shelter.
• Issuing citations to owners, such as for barking dogs or for dogs or cats at large — allowing dogs and cats to run loose in neighborhoods.
• Putting down sick wild animals, such as raccoons or foxes with distemper.
ACO Duties do not include:
• Removing wildlife from an area, such as nuisance raccoons or armadillos. Some wildlife examples in the Bella Vista area are raccoons, beaver, opossum, armadillos, bats, foxes, deer and coyotes.
• Putting down a deer following a traffic accident.
• Picking up stray cats or kittens.
How to get rid of unwanted animals or wildlife:
• Loaner traps are available through the Police Department free of charge, allowing residents to trap and relocated animals themselves. For more information, call the department at 479-855-3771.
• Contact local wildlife officers or animal removal services. Names and numbers can be found in the local phone book or on the Internet.
The City of Bella Vista contracts with the Bella Vista Animal Shelter to provide care and shelter to stray dogs and cats. A reclaim fee is charged and the cost increases if an animal is a repeat guest of the shelter. If a dog or cat is not reclaimed by the owner within five (5) calendar days, it shall become the property of the shelter and available for adoption.