Animal Enforcement

The Animal Enforcement Unit of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office is staffed by three (3) sworn deputies. The Animal Enforcement Unit is responsible for the enforcement of County Ordinances and State Statutes which relate to animals for the entire county area of Richmond County.

These deputies’ duties range from; picking up sick or injured domestic animals, investigating cruelty or improper care complaints, animal bites, rabies control, the investigation of animal nuisance complaints and picking up stray animals. Animal Enforcement deputies are responsible for the education of pet owners within the county on responsible pet ownership, which is a primary mission of the unit, along with public health and safety.

The Animal Services Unit works closely with the Humane Society of Richmond County, located at 529 W US 74 Hwy, Rockingham, NC 28379, which is the holding facility for all animals impounded by the Animal Enforcement Units and strays brought in by the public.

Animal Enforcement Unit deputies also respond as needed to calls for service by the public or other deputies of the Richmond County Sheriff or other law enforcement agencies.

For more information on ordinances enforceable within Richmond County please visit the following link:

http://www.richmondnc.com/DocumentCenter/View/789

For more information on laws within the State of North Carolina related to animals please visit the following links:

http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/statutes/StatutesTOC.pl?Chapter=0067

http://www.ncleg.net/gascripts/statutes/StatutesTOC.pl?Chapter=0068

http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/EnactedLegislation/Statutes/PDF/BySection/Chapter_130A/GS_130A-185.pdf