Animal Control

Duties and Responsibilities 

The Animal Control Department of the Gadsden Police Department is responsible for:

  • The welfare of domesticated animals within the Gadsden city limits
  • The enforcement of Gadsden's Leash Law
  • The removal of dead animals along our roadways
  • The issuance of court citations for: animals running at-large, animal cruelty, and for owning a vicious animal without the proper permit. Whenever possible, Animal Control uses live-capture dog and cat traps to remove a nuisance animal.


Animal Control is not responsible for responding to barking dog nuisance calls, as these problems fall under the city's Noise Ordinance. If you have a neighboring dog that is a barking nuisance, call Gadsden Police Dispatch at 256-549-4500. A police officer will be dispatched to handle the problem.

Hours and Contact Information

Animal Control is available seven days per week:

Monday through Friday: 7:00am to 3:30pm

Saturday and Sunday: 9:00am to 3:00pm

Animal Control can be contacted by phone at 256-549-4508. If you are unable to speak to someone or if you are using email, please be sure your message is as detailed as possible. Be sure to include your name and a callback telephone number.


Additional Information 

Gadsden's Leash Law states that both cats and dogs cannot run free. They should be contained by a fence, on a chain, or on a leash (or some other form of restraint).A vicious animal is defined as: a Pitbull, a Pitbull mix, or a wolf hybrid.

  1. Police

    Physical Address
    90 Broad St.
    Gadsden, AL 35901

    Phone: (256) 549-4500
    Emergency: 911