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Animal Control

Notice From Animal Control Officer

As of January 1, 2011 a dog license runs concurrent with rabies vaccinations.

Feel free to contact me at my email address or by phone between 8:00 AM and 9:00 AM at 276-452-1325.

Jake Dougherty
Animal Control Officer

Contact Information

Animal Shelter Hours:

Mon-Fri 8-12, Sat 1-5, closed Sun

Animal Shelter Phone Number: (276) 452-1325

To report animal bites, stray dogs, animal cruelty, or for information regarding pet adoption:

Jake Dougherty - Animal Control Officer
186 Single Tree Rd
Gate City, VA 24251
Phone: (276) 452-1325

To report animal bites you may also contact:

Scott County Health Department
112 Beech Street, Suite 102
Gate City, VA 24251
Phone: (276) 386-1312
Fax: (276) 386-2116

General Information

  • State law requires that all dogs and cats be vaccinated for rabies.


  • State law requires that adopted dogs be sterilized within 30 days of adoption.
  • There are no fees associated with adoption.
  • Out of state adoptions must be spayed or neutered before leaving the state.


  • Scott County Animal Control does not pick up cats.
  • Stray dogs are held for 7 days before disposition. Dogs are held 10 days if they are wearing identification.

Current Fees:

  • Dog license - $5.00/1-year; $10.00/3-year
  • Kennel license - $100.00/year for 20-50 dogs; $200.00/year for 50 and over
  • Kennel fee for impounded dogs - $3.00/day

Dog Licensing:

  • All dogs kept in Scott County must have a license.
  • Dog licenses can be obtained at the Treasurer's Office located in the Scott County Courthouse and participating veterinarians.
  • You must have proof of rabies vaccination to purchase a dog license.