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Animal Control
Animal Control

Mission

Our mission is to protect and improve the welfare of the animals and citizens of Sussex County through humane education, enforcement, and professional presence, to provide a safe, humane shelter for unwanted, stray, abused, and lost animals, to promote responsible animal care and ownership, and to reduce the number of unwanted pets culminating in a safer and more desirable community for the citizens of Sussex County.

If You are a New Resident of Sussex County

Anyone bringing a dog or cat into Sussex County that is not vaccinated against rabies must have the animal inoculated by a currently licensed veterinarian within thirty days from when it is brought into the county. Dogs must be licensed within the same time frame. If the animal is currently vaccinated, a certificate of vaccination must be available upon request, where the animal is housed, to the Animal Control Officer or any law enforcement officer.

Sussex County Animal Care & Services Division Manual

Sussex County Division of Animal Control has changed its title to “Sussex County Animal Care and Services.” The “ACO” designation is now known as “ASO” for Animal Services Officer. Duties are to be the same as outlined in § 3.2-6555 of the Code of Virginia and Chapter 4 of the County Code.

“Animal Control Officer” means a person appointed as an animal control officer or deputy animal control officer as provided in § 3.2-6555.

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