Elbert County Animal Control Mission Statement

The Goals of the Elbert County Animal Control Unit are:
  • To protect and preserve the well being of those animals, both domestic and wild, which are under our jurisdiction
  • To enforce without prejudice local and state statues relevant to all animals including domestic pets, livestock and wildlife, their control and keeping.
  • To inform and educate the community, legislative and administrative personnel on the significance and diversities of the issues encountered by the Animal Control Unit
  • To promote and encourage the opportunities for educational standard and requirements by which the performance of our profession may be measured.
  • To participate in the active development on the state and federal level concerning Animal Control and Animal Welfare issues

  • Values
  • We are committed to the highest performance standards, ethical conduct, truthfulness, and moral behavior in our work with people and animals.
  • We take pride in our professional level of service and hold ourselves accountable for our actions.
  • We demonstrate the principles of respect, understanding, compassion, empathy, fairness and service in our role as Animal Control Officers for Elbert County.
  • We handle animals humanely and use restraint only as required and trained.
  • We will respond to all animal welfare issues by visiting the site, observing the conditions present and educating the resident as appropriate.
  • We will investigate cruelty cases thoughtfully and carefully. We understand the connection between animal cruelty and human abuse, and we support vigorous prosecution where local, state and federal animal related statutes have been breached.

  • Beliefs
  • We believe that we are a part of the humane solution, not the problem of animal overpopulation.
  • We are dedicated to animal welfare 365 days a year despite the sadness that we feel and the cruelty we see.
  • We understand that the safekeeping of animals for the sake of ensuring their health and well being is in the animal’s best interest.
  • We believe that spaying and neutering of all pets is the solution to overpopulation.
  • We believe that education is central to addressing animal cruelty, neglect, and overpopulation.
  • We believe we make a difference in the lives of our community’s animals.

  • Services
  • Bite case and aggressive animal management (e.g. a person or animal is bitten and/or attacked)
  • Rabies quarantine and control
  • • Cruelty and neglect investigations
  • Respond to calls from residents who are concerned about animal welfare issues
  • Stray dog collection for safekeeping
  • Response to calls about animals in distress(e.g. animals hit by cars, trapped)
  • Respond to calls on stray livestock
  • Support to other county agencies
  • Enforcement of county and state animal ordinances
  • Revision of ordinances that address animal issues
  • Disaster response for animals impacted by natural or man made disasters
  • Animal education,information and referral
  • Sheltering of homeless, bite, dangerous, and cruelty case animals

  • The primary objective of the Animal Control Unit is to provide quality service to the citizens, while dedicating themselves to improving the co-existence of animals and humans.
  • Maintain the highest quality of services to the community.
  • Relieve the pain and suffering of animals.
  • Promote responsible pet ownership.
  • Increase public awareness of animal issues.
  • Co-operation with Breed Rescue / Animal Welfare Organizations.
  • Continue training and education for management and staff.


  • Our Vision of the Future
  • We envision the day when all citizens, their property and their neighborhood will be safe from the dangers and nuisances of irresponsible pet ownership
  • We envision the day when animals will not suffer because of human abuse, neglect or ignorance.
  • We hope every pet born will be assured of a good home and care all of its natural life and spaying/neutering of pets will be a positive choice by pet owners.
  • We believe success will come only when no animal needs to be euthanized except those for who euthanasia is an escape from suffering or necessary for the safety of people and other animals.


  • If you have a non-emergency information request on subjects such as, animals running loose, cruelty complaints, dangerous animal situations or injured animals please contact us by phone at 303-805-6125.

    TO REPORT ANIMAL EMERGENCIES anytime of day including NIGHTS, WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS, PLEASE CALL 303-660-7500 and request a Call for Service be entered.


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