Animal Control

Dog Licenses


Dog licenses can be purchased at the Satellite Services building in Toano or the Treasurer's office on Mounts Bay Road. All dogs and cats are required by state law to be vaccinated for rabies at 4 months of age. If you keep a dog outside, the animal must have an enclosed shelter and water. If on a chain, the chain should be 3 times the length of the dog's body.

For more information, see our Brochure (PDF).

Report a Problem


Call 757-565-0370 to report stray dogs and cats, suspected abuse of livestock or domestic animals and small injured wildlife such as raccoons and opossums.

For the removal of dead animals along roadways, contact the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) by reporting a road problem online or calling 1-800-FOR-ROAD (1-800-367-7623).

Call the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries at 804-367-1000 for nuisance wildlife or to report problems with larger wildlife such as bears or deer.

About Us


Animal Control handles nuisance domestic animals for excessive barking, biting or attacking without provocation, chasing vehicles, trespassing upon school grounds or private property in such a manner as to damage property.

Other services include:
  • Impounding stray dogs and dogs running at large
  • Capturing stray dogs
  • Locating stray and found animals
  • Loaning cat traps to citizens to transfer stray and feral cats to the Humane Society
  • Offering animals for adoption
  • Assisting with sick and injured wildlife such as raccoon and opossums
  • Investigate animal neglect and cruelty

Rabies and Animal Bites


"Rabies is a deadly disease caused by a virus that attacks the nervous system. It kills almost any mammal or human that gets sick from it." (Virginia Department of Health)

The Rabies virus lives in the saliva, the virus is spread by getting the infected virus into a wound. Only mammals get rabies. Rabies can be prevented by getting the proper vaccinations from you local veterinarian on a regular basis. Keep records of your pet's vaccinations for future reference. If your pet is bitten, contact the local health or animal control authorities. To limit the possibility of exposure, keep your pets on your property. Don't leave garbage out that may attract wild infected animals to your property. A rabid animal sometimes acts tame. Do not keep wild animals as pets. If you see an animal acting strangely, report it to your local animal control. Do not go near it yourself!

What to Do


If you have been bitten, don't panic but don't ignore it. Wash the wound thoroughly with soap and plenty of water. Get medical attention as soon as you can. If you can, identify the animal before it runs away, then call the local animal control. If it is a wild animal that must be killed, do not damage the head. The brain is used to test for the rabies virus.

If your pet has bitten someone, tell the person who was bitten to see a doctor immediately. If your pet is a dog, cat or ferret, it will have to be confined for a period of 10 days for observation.

More Information


Please call the Law Enforcement Center, 757-253-1800, and the Virginia Health Department 757-253-4813.