Animal Control & Care
The Suffolk Animal Control Unit is responsible for the investigation and enforcement of state and city laws regarding domestic animals within the city’s jurisdictional boundaries, providing assistance and information to the complainants and animal owners.
Suffolk Animal Control is staffed with a Chief Animal Control Officer and five additional Animal Control Officers. These officers investigate complaints of animal cruelty, abuse or neglect and enforce the City and State animal control laws. The Unit is available to respond to emergencies involving animals 24 hours a day.
Suffolk Animal Care maintains Suffolk’s animal shelter to protect, house, feed, and (only if necessary) euthanize the stray, injured, abused, or unwanted animals within the City of Suffolk. Adoptions and redemption of stray animals, as well as lost and found pet files are handled through the facility.
Through educational programs, Suffolk Animal Care stresses the importance of humane care, rabies vaccinations, and spaying and neutering to prevent unwanted pet populations, as well as citizen awareness of State and City laws pertaining to domestic animals.