Animal Control Division

Mission Statement

To provide quality animal care service in an efficient manner while protecting the health, safety, and welfare of our residents.

Animal Control Brochure (PDF)

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Animal Control will pick up animals that are stray or surrendered by owners. If needed, traps can be set for stray or unwanted animals.

Is your dog lost or have you found a dog?

Report it to Lost Dogs of Georgia website.

Lost Dog Action Plan (PDF)

Five Things to do If You Found A Lost Dog  (PDF)

Dead Animals

The city is responsible for removal of animal carcasses from city rights-of-way. It shall be the duty of the owner or person responsible for any dead animal to place the carcass in a plastic bag and notify the city within 24 hours of learning of such dead animal. This includes picking up animals from:

  • Banks
  • Businesses that serve food
  • Doctors' offices
  • Main streets
  • Parking lots
  • Various public locations

Animal control is responsible for the removal of domesticated animals.  Animal control does not remove wildlife , snakes, or bats.  All complaints and matters concerning wild animals not of a domestic nature and complaints involving game animals or protected species and/or hunting, shall be forwarded to the Georgia State Department of Natural Resources, Game and Fish Division or the U.S. Department of Agriculture Law Enforcement Division for proper disposition (i.e., compliance, apprehension, control and/or enforcement), as may be necessary and as provided by state and federal rules and regulations.

Link to Georgia Department of Natural Resources-Wildlife Resources Division 

Animal Ordinances

Pet owners need to be responsible for not only properly feeding, sheltering, and caring for a pet, but for knowing the ordinances created by officials to protect the animal, pet owner, and other community members. The Animal Control Department enforces all city ordinances that pertain to animals.

Animal & Fowl Ordinance

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  • Douglas is a bird and wildlife sanctuary. However, if the birds are considered a "nuisance" then the birds will be destroyed as humanely as possible as deemed advisable by the City Manager.
  • The Animal Control Ordinance defines abandoned animals, proper shelter, enclosures, dangerous dogs, potential dangerous dogs, and vicious dogs.
  • Animal Control has the power to enforce penalties on owners and confiscate animals of owners who are in violation of the city ordinances. The ordinance also addresses guidelines for the trainers of protection/guard dogs and backyard breeders (kennels).
  • It also shall be unlawful for an owner to restrain an animal by means of tether, chain, cable, rope or cord, unless the tether or other restraint is being held by a competent person. An exception shall be made for the limited purpose of allowing the owner to temporarily restrain the animal by such means to allow the animal's needs to be met, such as the time necessary to clean the animal's living quarters, feed, and water.

View the City of Douglas Code of Ordinances

  1. Animal Control

    Emergency Phone: 9-1-1

    Business Hours

    Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm

    Closed on Holidays

    AFTER HOURS: (912) 327-2842

    After Hours calls will only be responded to in cases relating to vicious domesticated animals/dog, aggressive domesticated animals/dog, domesticated animals/dog bites, or wounded domesticated animals.

  2. Tim Gay

    Animal Control Officer
    Phone: 912-389-3448 / 912-327-2842

For More Information

For more information about Animal Control, contact the Animal Control office at (912) 389-3448, (912) 389-3462, or email.