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Animal Control Officers

​The Prince William County Police Department's Animal Control Officers enforce County and state animal humane and regulatory laws. Animal Control Officers are authorized to investigate possible animal-related law violations and take appropriate enforcement action.

Thousands of animal-related calls for service are received each year. Animal Control Officers investigate calls ranging from relatively minor code violations to cases involving felony animal cruelty, hoarding and unlicensed commercial breeders.

In some cases Animal Control Officers may promote voluntary compliance by educating owners about their animal-care responsibilities. Other situations may warrant administrative action and/or an arrest and criminal prosecution. Animal Control Officers also rescue animals that are endangered, injured, sick or stray.

If you are aware of a situation that you believe may harm or jeopardize an animal's welfare (such as animal abuse, neglect, injury or endangerment), or public health and/or safety (such as a bite, attack or harassment of a person by an animal), or that may otherwise be in violation of an animal-related law, please report what you have seen or heard by calling the Police non-emergency number: 703-792-6500.

Your information will be taken by the call-taker who will forward it to an Animal Control Officer for response and investigation. Animal-related emergencies may be reported at any time of the day or night, any day of the week. Animal Control Officers are typically on duty between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., seven days a week. After hours, animal control emergencies may be handled by an Animal Control Officer or a Police Officer, depending on the nature of the emergency. For any human life-threatening situation, please call 9-1-1.


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