Animal Control

Animal Control Officer with K-9

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Animal Shelter
Learn about the Cabarrus County Animal Shelter
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Report Animal Neglect
Learn how to report animal neglect and request an animal welfare check
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Request a Trap
Learn more about checking out and returning animal traps


The Animal Control Division is a unit of the Cabarrus County Sheriff’s Office.  The Mission of the Animal Control Division is to protect the health and safety of our residents, and to protect animals and promote their humane treatment.  It is the responsibility of this division to enforce all state laws and county health regulations pertaining to domestic animals and the county animal control ordinance.  Animal Control provides effective investigations of cases of animal abuse or cruelty and manage reports of dangerous or vicious animals.  The reporting of animal bites, as it relates to statewide rabies reporting, is also a primary objective of the Animal Control Division.  In addition to being animal services officers, Deputies also augment other functions of the Sheriff's Office, providing patrols of County properties and assistance to other deputies as needed.

In addition to enforcement, we also operate the Cabarrus County Animal Shelter.

The shelter is a public facility that provides safe temporary shelter for animals without permanent homes. In addition to adoptions, the animal shelter provides a variety of services. The shelter is NOT a pet boarding facility.

NOTE: Animal Control does not remove wildlife from basements, crawl spaces, attics, drains or natural habitats. NC State Wildlife provides all wildlife trapping rules, and can be reached at 1-800-662-7137.