Lancaster Animal Control Moves to the Sheriff’s Office
LANCASTER, SC - Beginning Monday July 7th, 2014 Lancaster County Animal Control Enforcement will be a new division of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office. Animal Control Officers will now be certified Deputy Sheriff’s through the Criminal Justice Academy. These deputies will be tasked with all animal control enforcement duties previously assigned to the Animal Shelter. They will be primarily responsible for enforcing state statutes and county ordinances that relate to animals however they will have powers of arrest and will be able to perform duties commonly associated with a Deputy Sheriff.
Citizens should be aware that the Lancaster County Animal Shelter will continue to operate as a separate county agency. Citizens who are looking for lost pets, attempting to reclaim an animal that was picked up, or interested in adopting a pet should continue to contact the shelter at 803-285-PETS(7387).
Citizens who have an animal complaint (dog bite, leash law violation, maltreatment of animal, nuisance animal, etc) should contact the Sheriff’s Office at 803-283-3388.
This is the second major change in the organization of County Services within the last year. In 2013, Lancaster County E911 became a separate county organization. We would like to take this opportunity to remind citizens how to obtain Law Enforcement Services.
Emergency Calls for service requiring a Deputy to respond to your home or location should be directed to 911.
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