Richmond Animal Control enforcement division
is responsible for protecting the health and safety of the citizens and their pets
in the City of Richmond
Animal Care Officers provide a variety
of services to the citizens in both the City of Richmond including:
- Answering calls concerning suspected abuse
or cruelty to animals
- Injured/Dangerous animals
- Livestock issues
- Barking dog, nuisance cats and other animals
that present a problem to the community
Cruelty to Animals:
Cruelty to animals is a serious offense.
Cruelty comes in many forms such as an animal not having food, water or shelter
to an animal being locked in a hot car or an animal being beaten or tortured in
some way. Animal Care Services rely on good neighbors to report these acts of cruelty.
If you witness an act of cruelty, please call 311 and make a detailed report including
your call back number so we may get more information if needed. You can remain anonymous
if you wish, but it's important you provide 311 representatives with as much information
as possible. An Animal Cruelty Investigator will move forward with a case if cruelty
or neglect can be legally proved. Call 1-877-TIP-HSUS
to report dog fighting--callers to the animal fighting tip line could receive a
Responsible Pet Ownership
The City of Richmond and Richmond Animal
Care & Control enforce laws regarding the humane treatment of companion animals
and laws pertaining to the protection and well being of citizens and pets. A few
of the key regulations are listed below:
Spay/neuter your pets! Sec. 10-288. Breeding
City or Richmond residents owning cats
and dogs are required to have their pets spayed or neutered by the time the pets
reach four months of age. Only a breeder who has purchased a breeder’s permit may
be excluded from enforcement of this law. The cost of a breeder’s permit is $100.00
and is available for purchase at Richmond Animal Care & Control. Low Cost Clinics:
Richmond SPCA (Richmond) /804- 804-521-1330; Jessica Beath Spay/Neuter Clinic (Hanover)
/ 804-752-7729; Richmond Animal League (Chesterfield) / 804-379-9725; and Prevent
a Litter (Richmond City) / 804-359-6369.
Keep your pet healthy! Sec. 10-172. Vaccinations
Cats and dogs four months of age and older
must be vaccinated against rabies. Your pet’s rabies tag should be attached to your
pet’s collar. RACC will be hosting rabies clinic throughout the city and/or the
clinics listed above can provide low cost options.
Ensure your pet’s safe return! Sec. 10-146.
City of Richmond residents must purchase
an annual license for each pet they own. The cost is $10.00; licenses may be purchased
online by clicking this link to download the application, or visit Richmond Animal
Care & Control. The license tag should be attached to your pet’s collar. If your
pet goes missing and is found by an individual or is brought to an animal shelter,
the license information registered with the City of Richmond will help reunite you
and your pet. We strongly recommend that you have your pet micro-chipped. In the
event that your pet goes missing and loses its collar, your contact information
will be intact for scanners used at vets and animal shelters.
Sec. 10-86. Animal Excreta or Waste
City residents are required to clean up
waste from both cats and dogs in all public places and private property. When not
disposed of, pet waste seeps into rivers and contaminates our drinking water.
Shhh your dog! Sec. 10-173. Be a good neighbor
Pet owners must control the behavior of
cats and dogs so as not to become a public nuisance. Pet owners will be held accountable
for a pet’s excessive barking and the damaging public or private property.
Leash your dog!
The free roaming of dogs is prohibited.
All dogs must be confined to one’s home and walked on a leash when off property.
Love me like family! Sec. 10-92 Cruelty
A person shall be guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor
for inhumane treatment if a pet is deprived of food, water, adequate shelter or
veterinary care. No animal may be chained, and dogs may not be tethered for more
than one hour during a 24-hour period. Rescue Of Chained K-9's (ROCK) http://werockinva.com/ can provide free fencing to help
secure your dog if you are unable to keep your dog inside your home.
A person shall be guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor
for participating in the following activities:
- The fighting of dogs, cocks or any animals,
and/or betting or wagering of money or anything of value based on the outcome of
a fight. State Code: 3.2-6571
- Abandonment of any animal on public or private
property. State Code: 3.2 6504
- A person shall be guilty of a class 6 felony
for promoting or engaging in the fighting of dogs for amusement, sport or gain or
the wagering of money or anything of value. State Code 3.2-6571
Please contact the Health Department in
the city in which the bite takes place. They will offer guidance on quarantine periods
and next steps to ensure your safety and the safety of the animal. City of Richmond
Health Department 804-205-3912.
How to contact Enforcement:
Dial 804-646-5573 to report all animal
related concerns. A call for service will be started and your request will be dispatched
to the appropriate division.
Please dial 911 for any animal related
emergency after hours and an officer will be dispatched.