Animal Enforcement staff is active in rabies control, investigating animal cruelty complaints, enforcing animal laws and ordinances, and helping to solve citizen problems that involve domestic animals. Our authority to conduct our work is granted by North Carolina law and local ordinance.
Professional knowledge, education and training; updated equipment; official uniforms; improved vehicles; and a new facility have all contributed to a more proficient Animal Control system to help serve Rowan county citizens.
Rowan County Animal Enforcement Officer responsibilities include (but are not limited to):
Enforcing all county and state laws pertaining to the welfare and control of animals;
Nurturing the public trust by holding ourselves to the highest standards of performance & ethics;
Investigating and prosecuting animal cruelty & neglect cases and leash law violations
Assisting injured animals and stray dogs, cats, and livestock
Handling calls in all townships of Rowan County including the city of Salisbury
A major responsibility of an Animal Control Officer is to keep the public educated about a number of important issues. These include rabies and rabies control, the leash laws in Rowan county - it's purpose and why we enforce it, information about why pets need to be spayed/neutered and the proper care of animals.
During regular operational hours, please call 704-216-7768 for enforcement services.
For weekend and after-hours emergencies, please call 911.