Animal Control

Safety for People and Thier Animals

Bobby Smith- Animal Control Officer
605-1 Pine Street, Room B 270 
Hillsville, VA 24343 
276.730.3000  ext 3011

Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. 

Anyone needing a stray dog picked up or needing to discuss matters with Animal Control is encouraged to call between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. daily when he is most available by telephone.  He attempts to respond to calls while he is in the field through-out the day.

The Animal Control Officer enforces State and County animal laws.  These are protect the public from disease such as rabies,  protect privately owned livestock and fowl, and protect the public from vicious dogs.  The Animal Control works with the Sheriff’s Department and Public Health Department when investigating claims.   Additionally, the Animal Control Officer is responsible for taking stray dogs and other animals to the animal shelter.

The Animal Control function is supported through fees collected from the sale of dog tags. State Laws require that all dogs four months and older be licensed and vaccinated for rabies within the County where the dog is owned.  Currently the price of dog tags is $8.00 per dog, $5.00 per altered dog. Kennels are $35.00. Exotic Animal Permits are $500.00.

Dog licenses go on sale November 1 and must be obtained by January 31st for the current year. It is unlawful for any person to permit his dog to run at large at anytime without a current licensed tag attached to a substantial collar on the dog, though dogs may have their tags removed while hunting or being shown.

Working privately with veterinarians, the Animal Control Officer will hold scheduled rabies clinics throughout the County during the year. These clinics provide an opportunity for owners needing animals vaccinated to be more conveniently served.

Carroll County is a part of the Galax-Carroll-Grayson Animal Shelter, which is located on Fair Street in Galax, VA. All stray animals that are collected by the Carroll County Animal Control Department are taken there. This gives them hope of being reunited with their rightful owner or being adopted into a good home. The hours of operation for this shelter are: Tuesday through Saturday, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. To contact the shelter, please call (276) 236-8501.