Animal Control

The Poplar Bluff Police Department’s Animal Control Division is comprised of three Animal Control Officers, ACO Mark Hastings, ACO Daniel St. Lawrence and ACO Melanie Shipman. The Animal Shelter is open to the public Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11am to 3pm, and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11pm to 4pm.

When people think of who cares for abandoned or neglected animals, they think of Animal Control. However, this department provides many more services to the citizens of Poplar Bluff, especially when it comes to protecting the public's health. Animal Control investigates all reported animal bites, quarantines animals that have bitten humans and consults with veterinary, medical, and other professionals, when there is a possibility of any transmittable disease from animals to humans. The Animal Control Division enforces city ordinances and ensures that state laws are upheld. The department is also busy adopting many loving and friendly animals who need a home to area residents.

Contact the Animal Control Officers at the Shelter at (573) 686-8635 or call the Police Department and ask for the Animal Control Division. The Animal Shelter is located at the dead-end portion of W. Butler Street, behind Baldwin Chevrolet.

A.C.O. Mark Hastings

Hastings has been an Animal Control Officer since June of 2002. ACO Hastings attended training from the Missouri Animal Control Association, and is currently a board member with M.A.C.A and certified through the state of Missouri. You may contact A.C.O. Hastings at the animal shelter at (573) 686-8635 or by email at:

A.C.O Dan St. Lawrence

A.C.O. Melanie Shipman

Shipman started with the Poplar Bluff Animal Control in October 2017. She graduated from Greenville High School and studied at Three Rivers College.