I would like to say something here for all my canine friends. Never, ever, ever, ever, allow your dog to be taken away by an ACO (animal control officer).
They do NOT have that power unless you give it to them.
Refuse to allow them to take your dog!!!
At that point (your refusal) they must get a COURT ORDER to seize your dog and you have an opportunity to get a lawyer and fight it. Once they HAVE your dog, it is very difficult to get your dog back. DO NOT EVER ALLOW ANYONE TO TAKE YOUR DOG FROM YOU. Very few people understand that an ACO or a police officer DO NOT HAVE THAT AUTHORITY without a court order.
They lead you to believe that they do and will even call the police to come and assist them if you refuse. Even the cops rarely know animal law. They will say they have to take your dog and they will tell you that you have to surrender him.
THEY CAN NOT TAKE YOUR DOG UNLESS YOU ALLOW IT.
Put your dog inside, away from view, refuse to surrender, and tell them to come back with a court order.
Once they have your dog – things get extremely difficult.