Virginia Beach Animal Control
The Virginia Beach Animal Enforcement Unit enforces all state and city animal care and cruelty laws and ordinances.
Virginia Beach Animal Control
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Reuniting a dog with its owner after being missing for over 19 days.... PRICELESS.
Please keep in mind when finding a companion animal, you are required to notify the public shelter (us in VB) within 48 hours, that was done for this dog, but on top of that, not everyone has social media accounts, and even some that do aren’t aware they can look online to find their missing pet, instead, they come to the shelter, which is why we encourage finders to have our officers bring the animals to the shelter to hopefully reunite them. If they don’t come looking, then the finder can legally adopt the animal after its legal stray hold time is met and everything is done through proper legal channels.
Everyone welcome Officer McQueen!
Officer McQueen is no stranger to Virginia Beach, as she has been a volunteer at the shelter since 2012. She previously worked for Chesapeake Animal Control as an Officer before taking some time off to stay home with her two small ADORABLE kids. After a few years the opportunity to come over to Virginia Beach as an Officer opened up and Officer McQueen decided to join our team for good!
While Officer McQueen enjoyed her time home with her kids, she said she truly loved her job as an ACO and knew that she wanted to get back to it. Her favorite types of calls to respond to are wildlife calls, because come on, who doesn’t want to take a selfie with an Oppossum!? She also enjoys investigating animal cruelty calls, she enjoys the challenge they present, and making a difference in an animal’s life for the better.
When Officer McQueen is not in uniform she enjoys spending time with her husband and their two kids, Emerson who is 3, and Valynn, who is almost 2. They also share their home with 2 Pit Bulls, Mae Belle & Maisey. A Dutch Shepherd, Mako & Maple, their cat. When she’s not wrangling animals, or kiddos you can find her at Crossfit Chesapeake coaching or working out. She also enjoys spending time at the barn getting her horse fix.
Officer McQueen is out on her own taking calls in the city. If you see her be sure to welcome her!
Virginia Beach Police Department
Elusive Hound Dog
Over the past 6 plus months, calls have been made by citizens to Emergency Communications regarding a stray dog located around Lynnhaven Parkway and Sabre Street in the city of Virginia Beach. We believe the dog, a white and tan female hound mix, was adopted from a 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 now.
After countless failed attempts to catch her with treats, toys, and kindness, Animal Control Officers decided to attempt using a humane dog trap. The trap was tried in a number of different locations, with a number of different baits used. The concept of any trap, is that the dog must have a desire for the bait and feel comfortable enough to enter the trap. This takes time, patience, and consistency. While using the humane dog trap it was found that citizens were dropping off food for the dog. We understand the intention is to help the dog, however, in the long run this causes the dog to not seek out the food in the trap. It is also believed that the dog entered the humane trap one time and was let out of the trap by a citizen, resulting in the dog not entering the trap again.
Animal Control Officers then sought out another solution, utilizing a “missy trap”. Again this requires the dog to seek out the food bait in the trap, become comfortable and consistently visiting the area. Again citizens were found feeding the dog, causing the dog to become reliant of the handouts and not hungry for the food bait placed in the trap.
Recently the dog has become accustomed to sitting at the edge of Lynnhaven Rd near Sabre St, causing passerby’s to leave food in the area for the dog. This high traffic area is dangerous for those citizens and for the dog. This has also caused more attention to be brought to the situation, causing more citizens to voice their concern and opinions.
Animal Control has tried for months to catch this dog, however due to actions out of our control this have been unsuccessful, and have caused the need for a more forceful plan.
The property that the dog is currently residing on is private property, and has been posted for NO TRESSPASSING by the property owner. The property owner wants the dog to be safely caught and is working with Animal Control to accomplish this. It is also illegal to litter, which includes leaving food or food containers on the property. Police and Animal Control will be patrolling the area regularly and violators will be held accountable.
Animal Control will be working with two animal advocacy groups in the area, Lost and Found Pets Hampton Roads and Lost and Found Pets Williamsburg York County James City County, utilizing valuable resources they have made available to us to monitor the dog and catch her. Please be patient and understand that this process takes time and consistency. Which is why we ask that citizens to not feed her, do not approach her, and allow us to safely catch her.
Once the dog is caught she will be brought to Animal Control, evaluated by the shelter veterinarian, and our hope is that after her hold period is completed she will be placed up for adoption. We will also be sending out an update when she is caught to notify the public.
This case remains under investigation by Supervisor Meghan Conti as the lead investigator.
Whew! We’ve sure been quiet over here on our page. Our apologies! Now that the summer rush is over we wanted to take a moment to let everyone know that we have a few new officers that are new to VB unit. Over the next few weeks we’ll be introducing them to you. Let’s start with Officer Blankenship!
Hey VIRGINIA Beach! I’m Officer Blankenship. I’ve been an Animal Control Officer for about 5 years. I started with the City of Norfolk and recently had an opportunity to join a great unit here in Virginia Beach. I have always had a passion for helping animals!
My beautiful wife and I have 4 dogs and a cat at home! I am originally from Kentucky and have enjoyed all that Hampton Roads has to offer. I love to surf and spend time at the beach.
I love my job and go home happy, knowing that I gave 100% to each case I’m involved with. I also enjoy community outreach and making quality connections with the citizens of Virginia Beach. This job can be stressful and a bit cruel at times but we as Animal Control are built to stay strong in these moments. The City of Virginia Beach has the best Animal Control Unit out there!
Officer Blakenship is out taking calls on his own, so if you happen to see him welcome him to our team!
Thanks to Officer McQueen and Izzy for making an appearance at the community appreciation event today! We love our Officers!
Y’all know what time it is! We are getting closer to the arrival of our first major hurricane this season, Dorian. Our officers will be working 24/7 should you need anything.
Please keep in mind our first responders are working in potentially dangerous weather conditions and only call in the event of an EMERGENCY. Calls for service that can wait until the storm passes should wait.
An emergency pet shelter is being set up at Kellam High School at 2665 West Neck Rd, in the event you should need to shelter with your animal.
We ask that everyone be safe and exercise level headed judgement when it comes to situations you put yourself, and your pets in.
Should you need us, give us a call! 757-385-5000
ACO Robertson was asked to assist with scenarios for Camp 911 this year. While many youth programs for public safety are focused on high school aged kids, Camp 911 was specifically for middle schoolers. We were honored to be asked to participate, ACO Robertson was there for the entire last day of camp which included graduation as well.
Camp911 came to a close this afternoon at the Harry E. Diezel Virginia Beach Fire Training Center after a week long schedule that allows the students to learned about each department that makes up the Virginia Beach Public Safety. Photo shows the students with their instructors, role players and volunteers that helped throughout the week. A big thank you goes out to the Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation Department with their assistance in making this year's event a success.
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Today 5 of our ACO’s and our 2 supervisors attended a seminar for women in law enforcement surrounding defensive tactics presented by the Virginia Beach Sheriffs Office.
As part of the Police Department, Virginia Beach Animal Control Officers attend several trainings yearly. State Code requires that every ACO complete a Basic Animal Control class before the 1 year anniversary of their hire date. Subsequently each ACO is required to complete 15 hours of approved animal related continuing education every three years. While that may not seem like a lot there are 23 officers that need to complete that amount of training while still providing adequate coverage for calls, days off, court, and other required training. The men and women at VBAC strive locate and attend training that will be beneficial for not only themselves, but also the animals and people in our community. Today’s training will hopefully never be needed by these ladies, but it’s best to be over prepared. Often times ACO’s are portrayed in movies and the media as “bad guys” who are out to take your dogs, we hope the members of our community continue to recognize our officers as amazing Animal Law Enforcement Officers. #notjustadogcatcher
Officers have responded to calls for dogs on the beach today. They are issuing citations.
This was the temperature of the sand at 11:30 this morning!
We can’t stress enough how important it is during these temps to exercise EXTREME caution with outdoor activities with your pets.
Officers have sadly responded to numerous calls for stray animals suffering from heat stroke, and have had to seek emergency services for them.
These temps can escalate normally routine calls such as dogs on beach to cruelty calls due to the possibility of life threatening injuries.
PLEASE be mindful!
Please be advised we are under a heat advisory!!!!
Please be vigilant and cautious while exercising your animals in this heat. Take breaks often, and be sure to offer plenty of water.
There should be NO dogs out on the beaches after 10am per beach codes, but also the sand will be entirely too hot for their paw pads. Dogs should NOT be left unattended in a vehicle that is not running and providing AC.
Please be safe and stay cool! You and your pets!!!
As we celebrate the independence of our great country we thought we would share some tips for your pets. As a reminder, our officers work 7 days a week from 7:00 am until 11:00 pm taking calls for service, if you need an Animal Control Officer please call our dispatcher at 757-385-5000 we ask that you are patient and stay on the line, our dispatchers first priority is to answer 911 calls.
Many of the officers at Virginia Beach Animal Control are involved in animal activities outside of work, most specifically fostering for some of the amazing home based rescues in Virginia. Today Supervisor Franklin took her foster puppy to visit with some of the men and women in VBPD’s Detective Bureau and to say hello to our cities first first responders at VB911. This sweet puppy spent time playing, snuggling, and loving on some of our public servants who often deal in high stress situations. In addition she assisted with an interview and made sure to help keep some officers herded while in the radio room. Puppy was exhausted by the time she was done spreading her joy and Supervisor Franklin is still smiling at her puppy antics.
**our adorable puppy friend is a 9 week old female Australian Cattle Dog (also known as a Blue Heeler) Supervisor Franklin wants to assure everyone that puppy was only sitting on the center console while the vehicle was parked, safety first for our two and four legged friends.
Senate Bill 1604 was signed into law today by Governor Northam! The changes to Virginia State Code 3.2-6570 officially go into effect on July 1st. VBAC would like to thank Senator Bill DeSteph for not only his patronage of this bill, but also his ardent support along the way.
The officers have certainly been having an interesting day on the street today.
This morning Officer Thompson received a call for service in the 600 block of Thalia Rd for a Blue Heron that was suspended up in the air tangled in fishing line. Engine 7 came out and was able to give him a boost up to the bird where it was safely captured and contained. The bird will be making its way to a rehabber. Way to go Officer Thompson and a big shout out to engine 7 for their assistance!
Dog Found Shot in Face in Virginia Beach
Folks please, please, PLEASE pay attention to the signs and times while at the ocean front with your dogs. We are currently in beach season, which means we have strict times the dogs can and cannot be on the beach’s. Our officers are out doing beach patrols and will
Be strictly enforcing the beach codes. THIS MEANS if you are on the beach with your dog when you are not supposed to be you WILL be getting a citation. There will be no warnings givens.
We love interacting with our public, but hate having to be the bad guys. Nobody wants to tell Fido he has to stop playing in the waves, especially not us. So please pay attention.
RICHMOND, Va. (WSET) -- Governor Ralph Northam has signed a bill regulatingthe tethering of animals and improving their shelter conditions. The Humane Society of the United States Virginia branch announced that Northam signed SB 1025 on Thursday. Under the bill, companion animals must have adequate....
We have been asked to circulate this information again regarding trapping.
RULES FOR TRAPPING:
While you are trapping, you are accepting responsibility for the humane care of the animal in the trap. You must check the set trap daily and call 385-4444 option 1 for an animal control officer to pick up the contained animal. When it is hot, please place the trapped animal in a shady, cool location in your yard. When it is cold, please place the trapped animal in a warmer area or cover it with protective covering. Also, do not leave the trapped animal outside in the rain or snow. Failure to abide by these guidelines may constitute animal cruelty and an animal control officer will investigate the situation.
PRIVATE TRAP OWNERS:
- Please identify your private trap with your name, address and phone number. The information should be written on the trap or a permanent tag placed on the trap displaying this information.
- Though we routinely service private traps it’s important to remember that this is a service we provide to you as a courtesy, and we cannot be responsible for your private trap if it is lost or damaged.
- We will remove the trap from your property in order to remove the animal from the trap. Please do not ask the responding officer to remove the animal from the trap to transfer it to another trap. This practice is potentially dangerous and doing this would put the officer in violation of department policy.
- We will make every effort to return the trap within twenty – four (24) hours. However, due to the amount of calls each officer must respond to daily, we cannot guarantee this. We know your trap is important to you and we will make every effort to return it to you as soon as possible.
As always should you have any questions please feel free to contact our office at 385-4444 option 2 during regular business hours (11:00AM-6PM Monday, Wednesday & Friday. 12PM-7PM on Thursday. 10AM-3PM on the weekends.)
341 S Birdneck Rd
Virginia Beach, VA
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