In September of 1990, the Animal Control Unit, formally a separate
county agency was merged with the police department.
Clayton County Police Department Animal Control Unit is responsible
for the enforcement of laws pertaining to animals. The unit
also accepts abandoned or orphaned animals from Clayton County
residents, which are placed for adoption. The laws fall into
two categories, The Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.)
and the Clayton County Code. Clayton County Codes are enforced
by the Animal Control Officers. Animal Control Officers are
Civilian employees who are sworn to enforce Clayton County Code.
The Animal Control Officers handle the care, pick up and investigations
of animals found to be in violation of Clayton County Code.
The Felony Animal Cruelty Law is found in the Official Code
of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.). Violations of the O.C.G.A.
have to be investigated by a P.O.S.T. certified law enforcement
officer. Therefore, the Clayton County Police Department has
a certified police officer assigned to the Animal Control Unit
to investigate violations of animal law found in the Official
Code of Georgia Annotated. The Clayton County Police Department,
Animal Control Unit does not handle wildlife, or pest
control, in or outside of your home. Private companies provide
this service for a fee. The only wildlife the unit handles are
those animals suspected of having rabies or are a danger to
and owner released animals are housed in our facility located
at 1396 Government Circle, Jonesboro, Georgia. Animals are cared
for by compassionate and dedicated staff. Animals are treated
with dignity and respect while they are in the care of the Clayton
County Police Department.
that are released by their owners and stray animals that remain
unclaimed by their owners are placed up for adoption. Adult
animals that are released by their owner are available immediately
for adoption. Adult stray animals that remain unclaimed by their
owners for three days become Clayton County property and are
placed up for adoption. All adopted animals are subject to an
adoption fee. The adoption fee includes a bond to ensure that
dogs and cats comply with O.C.G.A. 4-14-01, which requires that
dogs and cats adopted from public shelters are sterilized. Also
included in the adoption fee is a receipt for the first years
rabies vaccination. Clayton County Code requires animals to
have a yearly rabies vaccination. Failure to have the adopted
dog or cat sterilized could lead to criminal prosecution! Dogs
or cats which were impounded for bites are not available for
adoption. Some animals will be held longer than three days before
they are available for adoption. Criminal court cases such as
animal cruelty and dog fighting cases may prevent the animal
in question from being available for adoption. After the Court
has disposed of the case, animals may be available for adoption.
Prospective adopting persons must have a Federal or State issued
photo identification card. Drivers license and Military Identification
cards are acceptable forms of identification.
wishing to reclaim their animals should provide proof of ownership
along with proof of rabies vaccination and proof of sterilization.
If the animal does not have the current rabies vaccination or
proof of sterilization, the animal can still be reclaimed, however,
additional fees apply. Animals owners are charged a reclaim
fee as well as a per-day board fee. As with the adoption, a
valid form of identification is required for reclaiming the
animals. Some owners may not be able to reclaim their animals
due to pending court cases.
are a wide variety of laws regarding animal care and ownership.
The most notable violations involve cruelty and animal fighting.
Animal Cruelty can take many forms; from intentional, malicious
behavior, to mere neglect. Animal Cruelty is covered by laws
which differentiate by behavior; felony treatment for intentional
malicious behavior towards animals, and, misdemeanor treatment
for neglect of animals. There is a strong link between animal
violence and violence against people. Many of the most notable
serial killers started off by killing and torturing animals.
The link is often overlooked by investigators who have no experience
dealing with animal issues and animal investigators often overlook
the connection between animal violence and human violence. By
making Animal Control a part of the Police Department, Clayton
County has helped eliminate the missed connection. Often times
animal cases turn into cases involving other criminal activity
towards humans. Please report suspected animal cruelty cases.
Your report may lead to other crimes being discovered. Persons
reporting animal cruelty are covered by the new Animal Cruelty
Law. Persons who report suspected animal cruelty will bear no
criminal or civil liability. Animals must be provided fresh
water and food daily, adequate shelter, current shots yearly
and can only be tethered with the use of a "Trolley"
or "Runner" system. If a neighbor is not providing
all of the above, this constitutes as "Prohibited Treatment"
which is a county ordinance violation.
at Clayton County Police Animal Control have formed a very strong
working relationship with pet rescue coordinators from Partners
for Pets and the Clayton County Humane Society in our attempts
to reduce the euthanasia rates of animals that come into our
shelter. Due to the partnerships with Partners for Pets and
the Clayton County Humane Society, we have reduced the euthanasia
rate by 60 percent.
Asked Questions (F.A.Q.'s)
is the Animal Control facility located?
are located at 1396 Government Circle, Jonesboro, Georgia
30236. We are at the corner of Ga. Hwy 138 @ Government
Circle. We are behind the Clayton County Police Department
do I turn in my dog?
must have a valid Federal or State issued identification.
You must be a resident of Clayton County and you must
have some proof of residency. (Your address on your current
drivers license will be good proof of residency.)
much does it cost to turn in my dog or cat?
is $50.00 surrender fee on dogs and a $25.00 surrender
fee on cats. Litters of kittens or puppies under 3 months
will constitute as one (1) adult animal fee.
you pick up my dog or cat?
do not pick up owner released animals. The animal is your
responsibility, so if you want to release the animal you
have to make arrangements to get the animal to our shelter.
is it taking so long for you to get to my call for service?
Animal Control Unit handles between 50 and 75 calls a
day for service. The Unit generally runs two trucks on
the road for the entire county. The Unit handles calls
based on the priority of the call. An injured animal will
take priority over a loose dog.
neighbor's dog is keeping me up at night! Can you come
over here and shut him up?
can not come and talk to your neighbor about his dog unless
you want to prosecute them for violation of the nuisance
animal code. Unfortunately, we do not have the manpower
to give warnings, however, if you want to take your neighbor
to court, we will issue a citation based on your testimony,
and will require your court appearance. There is a proper
procedure you must follow to file a nuisance complaint
against your neighbor. Contact Animal Control for additional
information on this procedure. A better way to handle
the situation is to talk to your neighbor before involving
Animal Control. Most people will be considerate of your
problem with their animal.
want you to come and get my cat out of my tree!
that climb trees will come down when they are ready to
do so and think they are safe. Any attempt to get the
cat down only results in the cat becoming more frightened.
Remove any dogs or other animals that might be causing
the cat stress. Leave the cat alone and the cat will come
I report a dog bite?
you are required to make a report when a dog or cat bites
do I report Animal Cruelty?
can call the Animal Control Unit at 770-477-3509, or if
it is after normal business hours and you are witnessing
the abuse happening, call 911. Other abuse such as neglect
can be reported to our voice mail at 770-477-3509. Please
leave a valid Clayton County address in reference to the
location of the animals you are calling about. Remember
that 911 is for emergencies only!
you tell me if my dog or cat is in the pound?
policy is that the owners of missing animals must come
to the shelter and personally see if their animal is in
custody. There are far too many animals in the shelter
for staff to verify if your animal is in our custody.
Only you or someone who knows the animal can tell if it
we bring our animals in to receive veterinary treatment?
we are not a humane society. Our duties are the enforcement
of laws pertaining to animals. There are resources offered
by private agencies, however, we provide no such care
at our facility. We will be offering a low-cost spay/neuter
clinic and low cost vaccine clinic monthly but you must
call for details.
called Animal Control, and the dog I called about is still
here in my yard!?
the dog runs from the officer, they may not be able to
catch it. We do offer live traps to capture dogs and cats.
Persons can request a trap, however, the supply is limited.
If you know the owners of the animal, we can have an officer
respond to issue the owner a citation based on your statement.
This action will require your appearance in court to testify
about the violation. If you can catch the dog and place
it in a fenced yard or other enclosure, that would help
assist us in catching the dog. Do not attempt to catch
the dog if you are not familiar with the dog or if the
dog is known to be aggressive.
you come out and pick up a cat?
can not catch cats. We offer cat traps for persons to
use. The cats are brought to the shelter by the person
trapping the cat. We loan the traps for a week at a time.
We have limited traps available, so call in advance to
see if a trap is available.
you have further questions about the
Clayton County Police Department, Animal Control Unit, contact:
Captain Mark Thompson at 770-477-3684