Animal Services

The Animal Control Bureau is a function of the York County Department of Fire and Life Safety and is overseen by the Prevention and Community Safety Division. York County Animal Control Officers work in conjunction with our citizens, businesses, and visitors to educate and protect the health, welfare, and life safety while enhancing the quality of life for both our human customers and animals/wildlife in the County by enforcing Commonwealth of Virginia and York County animal control and protection laws and ordinances.

Animal Control Officers are required to respond to domestic animal related incidents. Additionally, depending on the circumstances and even though the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries is responsible for wild animal situations, Animal Control Officers may respond to wildlife incidents only when the animal is reported to be sick, injured, or when there is a question of safety for citizens. 

Other responsibilities:

  • Respond to requests to control domestic, wild, and companion animals posing a threat to the health, safety and welfare of County residents and visitors.
  • Promote the humane treatment of animals, and the prevention of cruelty and harassment.
  • Check and verify current animal licenses and rabies certificates.
  • Issue summons or warrants when applicable for violations of State and local animal control laws and ordinances after a thorough investigation.
  • Collect unlicensed, stray, ill, injured, or dangerous animals and take appropriate action which may involve transporting them to a humane shelter or veterinarian, as appropriate.
  • Educate the public on the health/welfare, life safety of the public and animals, obligations of animal ownership, and other issues involving animals.