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Animal Control

Animal Control

The City of Franklin Police Department's Animal Control Division is responsible for enforcing animal control ordinances within the city. Animal control officers also oversee the adoption of animals that have found their way into the city's animal shelter. These officers investigate complaints of animal cruelty, nuisance animals, rabies exposures, animal bites, and wildlife complaints.

The mission of the City of Franklin Animal Control Division is to protect and serve the residents of the City of Franklin as well as their companion animals.

Animal Control's Areas of Responsibility:
  • Enforce state and local laws,
  • Investigate complaints from citizens,
  • Respond to animals running at large,
  • Assist injured animals.

Franklin Animal Control also traps stray and feral animals.  

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Adopting an Animal

Animal Control Officers endeavor to provide a clean, healthy, and inviting environment to view animals that are available at the City of Franklin Animal Shelter for adoption. More about Adoptions >

Franklin Animal Control

Franklin Animal Shelter
1024 Pretlow Street
Franklin, VA 23851
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Phone (Non-Emergency)


Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday 7:30am-3:30pm


The City of Franklin Animal Control only accepts animals that were either found or reside in The City of Franklin.  If an animal was found or resides in another county, the animal should be surrendered to a shelter in that county.