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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.