Virginia Beach Animal Control

Virginia Beach Animal Control The Virginia Beach Animal Enforcement Unit enforces all state and city animal care and cruelty laws and ordinances. We at Virginia Beach Animal Control take great pride in ensuring that the animals that reside in our city are properly cared for.

We enforce all state and city animal care and cruelty laws and ordinances. This page was created to help provide a glimpse into what it is we do. It will also aid in educating the public about important animal related laws. We thank you for following along, and supporting us in what we do! This page is not to be used as a sounding board to report possible animal cruelty or other animal related violations. If you have a complaint that you feel warrants investigation please call our dispatch at 757-385-4444. Criteria for Posting Information on Virginia Beach Animal Control:

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Good afternoon Facebook friends! Just a friendly reminder about our sheltering requirements during severe weather. Stay ...
02/17/2021

Good afternoon Facebook friends! Just a friendly reminder about our sheltering requirements during severe weather. Stay safe and keep your animals safe!

Crazy winter weather is headed our way!! Adequate shelter is mandatory. Here's what the law in Virginia requires:

"Adequate shelter" means provision of and access to shelter that is suitable for the species, age, condition, size, and type of each animal; provides adequate space for each animal; is safe and protects each animal from injury, rain, sleet, snow, hail, direct sunlight, the adverse effects of heat or cold, physical suffering, and impairment of health; is properly lighted; is properly cleaned; enables each animal to be clean and dry, except when detrimental to the species; during hot weather, is properly shaded and does not readily conduct heat; during cold weather, has a windbreak at its entrance and provides a quantity of bedding material consisting of hay, cedar shavings, or the equivalent that is sufficient to protect the animal from cold and promote the retention of body heat; and, for dogs and cats, provides a solid surface, resting platform, pad, floormat, or similar device that is large enough for the animal to lie on in a normal manner and can be maintained in a sanitary manner. Under this chapter, shelters whose wire, grid, or slat floors (i) permit the animals' feet to pass through the openings, (ii) sag under the animals' weight, or (iii) otherwise do not protect the animals' feet or toes from injury are not adequate shelter. The outdoor tethering of an animal shall not constitute the provision of adequate shelter (a) unless the animal is safe from predators and well suited and well equipped to tolerate its environment; (b) during the effective period for a hurricane warning or tropical storm warning issued for the area by the National Weather Service; or (c)(1) during a heat advisory issued by a local or state authority, (2) when the actual or effective outdoor temperature is 85 degrees Fahrenheit or higher or 32 degrees Fahrenheit or lower, or (3) during the effective period for a severe weather warning issued for the area by the National Weather Service, including a winter storm, tornado, or severe thunderstorm warning, unless an animal control officer, having inspected an animal's individual circumstances in clause (c)(1), (2), or (3), has determined the animal to be safe from predators and well suited and well equipped to tolerate its environment."
http://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title3.2/chapter65/section3.2-6500/

Report neglect/cruelty to your local animal care and control agency.

We love to be represented by the best! Congratulations and thank you for all the hard work!
02/12/2021

We love to be represented by the best! Congratulations and thank you for all the hard work!

Congratulations to Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Kari Kolar for receiving the Crime Solvers' Prosecutor Award.

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kolar showed steadfast determination to successfully prosecute several noteworthy animal cruelty cases. While COVID-19 caused many to have to wait longer to see justice served, Kolar did everything she could to move these cases forward through the system. She received active jail time for animal abusers in two recently concluded cases.

Kolar makes herself available to ACOs, frequently goes above and beyond in the prosecution of animal abuse cases, and fights to see that justice is served. She is a devoted prosecutor and great asset to the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

Good Afternoon Friends! What a way to wake up this morning with all this snow!!! Our officers had to do a little prep to...
01/28/2021

Good Afternoon Friends! What a way to wake up this morning with all this snow!!! Our officers had to do a little prep to operate our trucks for continued service to the community! Be safe out there!

12/23/2020

On December 22, 2020, at approximately 11:00 am, Animal Control was advised of a dog that was found deceased by the family the night prior with suspicious wounds in the 1300 block of Public Landing Road in the City of Virginia Beach. Animal Control responded and is actively investigating the case. The dog, a beagle, has been taken to Virginia Beach Animal Control for a necropsy to be conducted.

Anyone with information regarding the dog is encouraged to call Virginia Beach Crime Solvers at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP (1-888-562-5887) or by submitting a tip by texting “VBTIP” and the information to CRIMES (274637). Callers remain anonymous and could be eligible for up to a $1,000 reward if their information leads to an arrest.

The case remains under investigation by Animal Control Officer J. Walter.

Great job! Love to see our fellow first responders putting in time for a great cause!
12/20/2020

Great job! Love to see our fellow first responders putting in time for a great cause!

A little horsin' around this holiday season...to benefit local charities! Our friends at EQUIKIDS and the "Friends of the VBMP" helped coordinate a drive-thru holiday food and toy drive. A shout out to VBSO, VBFD, VBEMS and VBPD Special Operations for helping light the way! A HUGE thank you to all who came by and helped fill our trailer with food and gifts to be donated to a local shelter and Toys for Tots - you've earned a spot on Santa's nice list!!

12/15/2020

On November 24, 2019 at approximately 9:30 pm, animal control officers responded to the 4300 block of Tillman Drive to assist police officers after a citizen called Emergency Communications regarding a dispute. When animal control officers arrived, they were advised a pet rabbit had been killed during the dispute.

The investigation led to the suspect, Jeffery Lynn Thomas Jr., 28, of the 200 block of Dumont Ave in Portsmouth, being charged with Animal Cruelty. After numerous continuances, for different reasons, the case was adjudicated Monday, December 14, 2020, in Virginia Beach General District Court. Thomas was found guilty and ordered to serve 365 days in jail with 345 days suspended, pay $500 in fines with $250 suspended, all pending two years of good behavior.

The case was investigated by Animal Control Officer Phyllis Buckner as the lead investigator.

🚨🚨Wildlife Rescue🚨🚨Another great rescue by Officer Watson and the VBFD! A citizen called in worried that a raccoon was s...
12/15/2020

🚨🚨Wildlife Rescue🚨🚨

Another great rescue by Officer Watson and the VBFD! A citizen called in worried that a raccoon was stuck in tree. This little raccoon had its front end stuck and the back legs were hanging out. It was wiggling around like it couldn’t get out of the hole. The raccoon was safely removed and taken to the great people of Tidewater Wildlife Rescue!

On December 13, 2020 at approximately 7:15 am, Animal Control Officers responded to the 500 block of Viking Drive after ...
12/14/2020

On December 13, 2020 at approximately 7:15 am, Animal Control Officers responded to the 500 block of Viking Drive after a citizen called Emergency Communications advising that she had caught the elusive hound, commonly known as “Lucy”. The efforts contributed by citizen, Reginia Quinn, to catch “Lucy” is greatly appreciated and recognized by the Unit.

“Lucy” was adopted from a different releasing agency to a residence of Virginia Beach in December of 2018. Within days of being brought to her new home, she escaped and was not found. Due to the short amount of time she was with the new adopter, the dog did not form any bond with her new family that would assist in catching her. “Lucy” had been consistently roaming stray around the Lynnhaven Road/Sabre Street intersection and had eluded a multitude of capture techniques used by Animal Control and other community groups. The hours of time spent trying to catch her have been appreciated and we are happy to report that “Lucy” was impounded by Animal Control on the morning of 12/14/20. She is reported to be overweight, but overall, in good health after a check up with the shelter veterinarian. She will stay at the shelter while her disposition is being determined by the Virginia Beach Animal Care and Adoption Center.

Our very own, Officer McQueen(with the baby raccoon) currently trying to win a scholarship to the 2021 VACA Conference! ...
12/07/2020

Our very own, Officer McQueen(with the baby raccoon) currently trying to win a scholarship to the 2021 VACA Conference! Go to her photo and hit the LIKE button!! We love to see our officers succeed and of course who can resist a baby raccoon being rescued?!? Thank you Facebook friends!

So this is it! The final Selfie Contest for 2020! This is all of the Winners from 2020! The Winner will receive a scholarship for the 2021 Virginia Animal Control Association Conference in Roanoke. If you are the Selfie Champion your agency must be willing to allow you to attend, you must still be an active animal control officer and you will be responsible for your hotel and expenses. Good Luck Everyone! Please like and share your favorite photo for the Win! 🏆🐾

Good morning Virginia Beach!!🚨 BIRD ALERT 🚨 Here’s a great call from this week!Supervisors Sgt. G. Ulrich and Sgt. S. Zm...
11/24/2020

Good morning Virginia Beach!!

🚨 BIRD ALERT 🚨
Here’s a great call from this week!

Supervisors Sgt. G. Ulrich and Sgt. S. Zmuda-Avila, were alerted to Animal Control Officer K. Price outside the jail attempting to apprehend an elusive Guinea hen. The hen was reported to Animal Control by a civilian working courts as they left the courthouse. The elusive hen scurried away and was hiding behind the bushes outside. A few deputies were alerted to the chase by others coming back from breaks and that’s when Sergeants Ulrich and Zmuda-Avila went to assist, once outside contact was made with Dep. K. Silvernail and Dep. C. Houle (not pictured) and Animal Control Officer Price. The hen continued to be elusive and hide behind the bushes, until it was flushed out and corralled under the tent outside and safely captured by Animal Control Officer Price. The hen was brought to Animal Control where it will be checked over. Just another successful story of teamwork!

The command staff at Virginia Beach Animal Control is proud to announce that the Virginia Animal Control Association pre...
11/21/2020

The command staff at Virginia Beach Animal Control is proud to announce that the Virginia Animal Control Association presented the 2020 Dr. Kent Roberts Animal Control Officer of the Year to One of our own, Officer Kristina Watson. Please join us in celebrating this wonderful achievement with Officer Watson!

The Dr. Kent Roberts- Animal Control Officer of the Year Award:
This award is presented to an officer who has demonstrated overall excellence in the performance of his/her job. It is named in honor of Dr. Kent Roberts, who has given so much to help VACA as it has grown and developed over the years.

ACO of the Year 2020
Kristina Watson with Virginia Beach Police Dept. and Animal Control

Animal Control Officer II Kristina Watson from the Virginia Beach Animal Control is the recipient of the 2020 Animal Control Officer of the Year Award for her relentless efforts for Justice for animals and dedication to this field. We received this nomination explaining the examples of the quality of work of this outstanding Officer. Kristina Watson was nominated not only because of her hard work but more specifically this was exemplified during a case involving a long time suspect in her city that was suspected to be hoarding sick feral cats again. This case had been ongoing for over 10 years and was picked up by Watson over 5 years ago. Officer Watson spent time tracking the movements and actions of the suspect over the years, slowly gathering information. She conducted trash searches and stakeouts on the suspect’s home. She worked to foster communication with neighbors who provided valuable information for the case. The suspect had been sneaky and was wise to our suspicions about her, making gathering evidence even more challenging. Through Watson’s dedication she was able to gather enough evidence to successfully apply for a search warrant of the suspect’s home. The evidence seized during the search was far greater than Watson expected. 25 live cats, mostly feral, all in declining health, and all carrying multiple highly contagious diseases, 1 dog in declining health, and deplorable living conditions were found. Officer Watson went through the house photographing and documenting the conditions and gathering evidence to support criminal charges. During her documentation, she noted a climbing path in the garage over items leading to 2 chest freezers. There she found over 100 deceased animals along with a large container full of decomposed animals. Watson with assistance removed, sorted, and documented each deceased animal. The conditions inside the home that Watson and assisting officers had to work in required hazmat suites, respirators, and required the hazmat team to respond to document the damaging levels of ammonia in the home. Watson worked with the Commonwealth Attorney’s office and successfully secured 24 direct indictments. The commitment Watson demonstrated on this case is just one example of the love for this job and why she was a perfect nomination for Animal Control Officer of the year.

Supervisor Franklin spent her evening trick or treating in Sandbridge tonight, along the way she met Otis the black lab ...
11/01/2020

Supervisor Franklin spent her evening trick or treating in Sandbridge tonight, along the way she met Otis the black lab and got to pass out candy to some very cute kids. Her main goal was to speak with area residents regarding a recent sighting of a large panther like black cat. While Virginia Beach Animal Control is not a wildlife management agency, we do take our mission to balance the health, safety, and welfare needs of the PEOPLE and ANIMALS in our community very seriously and want you all to know we have heard your concerns and will continue to monitor the situation and work with state and federal agencies as this continues.

Trick or Treating SafetyHappy Halloween from the Animal Control Officers of Virginia Beach!  We wanted to pass along a c...
10/31/2020

Trick or Treating Safety

Happy Halloween from the Animal Control Officers of Virginia Beach! We wanted to pass along a couple of tips to allow everyone to have a safe and enjoyable evening.
• Keep candy away from pets
• Keep your pets calm and inside, some pets are happier in a quiet room away from the noise and costumes
• Spooked pets can get lost: make sure your animals are properly tagged and that their microchips are up to date
• Costumes are optional, not all pets want to wear a costume and forcing them into one may cause unwarranted stress
• If you choose to take your furry friend out with you to trick or treat please be mindful that even our best behaved friends can become scared or overwhelmed when children in costumes are running around, do your best to not let strangers interact with your dog and watch their behavior for signs they may need to call it a night
• If you are out and about and see a cute pooch you just can’t help but talk to, make sure you communicate with their owner prior to approaching them to find out if petting is okay.
• On the off chance that a bite or scratch occurs (one in which blood is drawn) please contact the non emergency dispatcher at 757 385 5000 to have an officer respond out to complete an exposure report, they are required by law and are for the safety of all involved.
We hope everyone has a fun and candy filled night!

Recently we have received reports of an animal described to look like a black panther in the Sandbridge area of Virginia...
10/31/2020

Recently we have received reports of an animal described to look like a black panther in the Sandbridge area of Virginia Beach. After reviewing video we feel the animal seen was a large dog (great dane or the like). A couple things to note, panthers, which are native to Florida are rare and endangered, with an estimated wild population topping out at 50 animals, additionally they are colored similar to the mountain lion of which they are a sub species. The likelihood of a wild cat that large in our area is incredibly slim, if not unheard of; however, southeast Virginia is home to a healthy population of bob cats who are often never seen by their two legged neighbors. If you see what you think is a large cat in your area please reach out to us via the non emergency number at 757 385 5000. If you are out and about and see a wild animal we have included a few safety tips below:

- Travel in groups of 2 or more if there is a concern about a large wild animal (such as a bear)
- Keep your dog leashed
- Never run away from a wild animal
-Back away slowly
-Raise your arms and/or open your jacket to make yourself appear larger
-Always allow a wild animal a clear escape route, DO NOT CORNER IT
-Be aware of your surroundings
- Make noise to let the animals in the area know you are there

Wild animals do not intentionally seek human interaction, many of them are considerably smaller than we are and therefore they look at us a very big threat. Our common goal should be to live alongside the native wildlife and allow them to continue to perform their very valuable services. Should you have concerns over wildlife in your area you can reach out the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources Help Line at 1 855 571 9003 for answers to your questions. If you happen upon injured or orphaned wildlife please contact our dispatcher at 757 385 5000 to have an officer respond out. We hope everyone stays safe and wish you all a Happy Halloween.

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Virginia Beach, VA
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TJ aka "Sam" is doing wonderful🐶❤️ he loves his baths and let us trim him and his skin and coat are looking amazing! He has transitioned wonderfully over the past 2.5 weeks! ... and he's just a wee bit spoiled💕
Could this be Rocky?
A big thank you to VB Animal Control for help with another possum problem late yesterday. Hearts warmed that you could rescue some orphaned baby possums.
Our boy Re*****on was able to meet two officers this morning at Bayville Park.
Good Evening? Do you guys know of any facilities needing fosters during the outbreak?
Haven't seen Lucy hanging around Lynnhaven Parkway this week...has she been caught?
HELP! I have been calling animal control for 5 hours. NO ONE IS ANSWERING!😡
Thank you for reuniting us with our fur babies! Your caring hearts, fast response, professionalism, and patiently waiting for us to arrive back to Va Beach on New Years Eve to pick up our babies will never be forgotten. Office Lewis and others at animal control our local community is lucky to have you. Happy New Year!
Is there an update on Lucy, the pup at Lynnhaven Parkway?
LOST! yesterday in the Wesleyan Park area! Just transferred from San Diego recently so he isn’t familiar with his surroundings! He got out of the yard yesterday & wasn’t wearing his collar but he is microchipped but not registered in Nat’l registry, only with vets office. He’s a sweetheart & much loved so please help us find him & bring him home! He has 6 year old twins devastated & we miss him terribly! (808) 778-3299 or (434) 390-8848
Missing!
So I saw this on the net, and thought "What a great idea" we should all try to change this Area 51 nonsense into something good. Raid an animal shelter, save a life for real.