Animal Control

Notice from Animal Control Officer

As of January 1, 2011, a dog license runs concurrently with rabies vaccinations. Feel free to contact me at my email address or by phone between 8 am and 9 am at 276-452-1325.

Jake Dougherty
Animal Control Officer


To report animal bites, stray dogs, or animal cruelty, or for information regarding pet adoption contact Jake Dougherty. 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 a minimum of 6 days before disposition. Dogs are held for a minimum of 10 days if they are wearing identification.

Current Fees

  • Dog license
    • $5 per 1-year
    • $10 per 3-year
  • Kennel license:
    • $100 per year for 20 to 50-pound dogs
    • $200 per year for 50 pounds and over
  • Kennel fee for impounded dogs - $13.00/First day ; $3.00/each day after

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 from participating veterinarians.
  • You must have proof of rabies vaccination to purchase a dog license.