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Animal Control


Animal Control and Protection Unit
The Animal Control and Protection Unit is a unit within the Roanoke Police Department that consists of Animal Control Officers who enforce state laws and city ordinances involving domestic animals. Officers patrol the city in search of stray animals. They also investigate complaints which can include abandon animals, animal cruelty, and neglect, animal bites, spay and neuter violations, and animals running at large. Officers ensure pet owners comply with Roanoke City Code and the Code of Virginia regarding pet limitations, vaccinations, and spaying and neutering. Animal Control Officers issue citations and take other enforcement action when necessary. Urgent animal complaints and non-urgent animal complaints can be reported to the Roanoke E-911 Control Center by calling 911. For inquires and information regarding animal protection laws, please contact the Animal Control and Protection Office. If you in the SE or SW portion of the city, call 853-5724. If you live in the NE or NW portion of the city, call 853-2325. . The office is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Animal Control Officers are on call after normal business hours to respond to reports of injured animals, stray animals, and animal bites to humans. All animal bites that occur in the City of Roanoke must be reported to the Animal Control and Protection Unit or the Roanoke Police Department. Withholding such information is a criminal offense. (See 18.2-313.1 Code of Virginia 1950 as amended)

Contact Information:

Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection

1510 Baldwin Ave., N.E.
Roanoke, VA 24012
Phone: (540) 344-4922

Animal Control and Protection Unit
(Housed within the Regional Center for Animal Care and Protection)

Phone: For SE & SW: 853-5724
For NE & NW: 853-2325
Fax: (540) 344-4907
Roanoke Police Department
348 Campbell Ave., S.W.
Roanoke, VA 24016
Phone: (540) 853-2211
Fax: (540) 853-6585
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