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The New Kent Sheriff's Office Animal Control Unit is a component of the Sheriffs Office. The unit provides required services and public education relating to domesticated animals. The Animal Control Unit operates from the Animal Shelter located at the County Refuse Center on Olivet Church Road, State Route 618.

Directions to the Animal Shelter

Personnel assigned to this unit are Sworn Law Enforcement Officers. All of our Officers receive continual training specific to Animal Control to ensure a high quality of service to our citizens.

The Animal Control Unit operates seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. After hours services are provided in cases deemed as emergencies only. The shelter is staffed with a kennel attendant who opens the kennel at 10:00 A.M. during the week and Saturdays 10am until 4pm for adoptions or other services. Also, you may call to make an appointment to meet an Animal Control Deputy. We can be reached by calling the Sheriff’s Office at (804) 966-9500. If you have an actual emergency involving an animal, please call 911.

The Animal Control Unit provides assistance in a wide variety of issues in dealing with domesticated animals. The majority of our time is spent handling stray animals or animals that are creating a nuisance. We do not handle wild animals unless the situation involves exposure with a potentially rabid animal.   For wild animal situations you may contact the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF)

Eastern Equine Encephalitis information from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is available at:

The Sheriff’s Office primary goal is to provide the highest quality service it can for the citizens of New Kent County. Even if you are unsure of your needs, please call us. We will do whatever we can to satisfy your needs and answer any questions you may have.