Animal Control


The mission of Dinwiddie County Animal Control is to humanely enforce the Ordinances of Dinwiddie County and the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, as they pertain to domestic animals and the public's health, safety and welfare.

To serve the citizens of Dinwiddie County by enforcing those laws and ordinances, and to educate the public concerning the ordinances, their importance to the community and to the animals.

To strive toward the reduction and prevention of animal-related problems in the community through reasonable and responsible application of education, warning/citation, and the impoundment of domestic animals.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Enforcement of state and local animal laws and ordinances
  • Animal control, protection, and welfare
  • Investigation of animal bites
  • Investigation of rabies cases
  • Investigation of livestock claims due to stray dogs
  • Investigation of cruelty cases

Animal Control officers are on duty daily from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm as well as being available for emergencies 24 hours a day. If you need assistance from Animal Control, contact the Dinwiddie County Emergency Communications Office (804) 469-3755 to have an Animal Control officer dispatched. 

The Dinwiddie County Animal Shelter is open for adoptions, animal turn-ins,visits and other inquiries from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Monday and Wednesday, and 9:00 am to 3:00 pm on Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday. (excluding County holidays) 

The animal shelter is located at:

10903 Wheelers Pond Road, Dinwiddie, VA 23841