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160 Commons Blvd.
Palmyra, Virginia 22963
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Animal Control

Fluvanna Animal Control is a division of the Fluvanna County Sheriff’s Office. The division consists of two Animal Control Officers (ACOs).

Mission Statement

The mission of the Animal Control Division is to support responsible pet ownership, humane treatment of animals, compliance with statutes and ordinances for the control and protection of animals.

Animal Control Officer duties include:

  • Enforcement of county codes and state laws that pertain to domestic pets and livestock
  • Investigation of animal cruelty and neglect complaints
  • Investigation of dog attacks and bites to humans, animals and livestock
  • Response to emergencies involving sick or seriously injured domestic animals, including potential human exposure to rabies
  • Removal of stray dogs from streets and other public areas

Animal Control hours of service:

Monday thru Friday
9:00am to 5:00pm
Call (434) 589-8211

What to report:

  • Dog or cat bites
  • Animal cruelty or neglect
  • Human exposure /encounters with potential rabid animals
  • Sick or injured domestic animals or livestock

What Animal Control Officers are not required to respond to:

  • Calls reporting wildlife nuisance
  • Wildlife damage to gardens, flower beds, shrubs or trees
  • Wildlife living under decks, storage sheds, or porches
  • Wildlife in attics, basements, garages and sheds
  • Wildlife living in populated areas
  • You may contact the Virginia Wildlife Center in Waynesboro if you find injured wildlife and want to help them.  (540) 942-9453 at 1800South Delphine Avenue Waynesboro, VA 22980 www.wildlifecenter.org
  • Information regarding nuisance wildlife can be found on the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries website at: www.dgif.virginia.gov

How can you help?

  • Minimize contact between pets and wildlife
  • Spay or neuter your pets to help prevent your pets from straying and to help reduce the numbers of unwanted pets in our community
  • If you can identify the owner of a stray dog or cat, call the owner for pick up 
  • Keep identification tags in addition to the county license and rabies tag on your pets at all times so they can be easily returned to you.  In addition to tags, pets with microchips are easier to be reunited with their owners so please consider doing so with your pets.

How to obtain a dog license in Fluvanna County:

  • All dogs are required to have a Fluvanna County Dog License. The license is due by January 31st of each year.
  • Proof of rabies vaccination is required before a license can be issued
  • Male or female dog: $8.00 unsexed dog (male or female): $4.00
  • Kennel tag of not more than 20 dogs: $40.00, not more than 50 dogs: $50.00
  • Obtain a license at Fluvanna County Treasurer’s Office

Preparing to care for your pets in an emergency:

  • The Fluvanna County Animal Control Division encourages pet owners to create a disaster plan for both yourself and your pets
  • Some emergency shelters do not accept pets other than service animals
  • Do not leave your pets outside during an emergency
  • Refer to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management for suggestions about what to include in a pet emergency supply kit: www.vaemergency.gov/readyvirginia/getakit/pets


  • If you own livestock please make sure that the Sheriff's Office has your contact information
  • Please contact the animal control officer and give him you address, telephone number and type of live stock that you own
  • This will help the animal control officer and other deputies that respond to the area for the report of roaming live stock so that we can contact the proper owners

Feral Cats:

  • Animal control officers do not respond to the report of feral cats.
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