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Dorchester County Codes Enforcement Animal Control   11-15 Sec. 4

Office Hours and Contact Information
Office Hours: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Phone: 843-832-0015 or 843-563-0015
Fax: 843-832-0037 or 843-563-0037

Codes Enforcement,  Animal Control Officers:

Melissa Grooms

Samantha Allen

Benjamin Justice


Mailing Address:
Animal Control, Dorchester County Planning & Zoning, 500 North Main St., Box 3, Summerville, SC 29483

Brief Overview

1.  Vaccination of Dogs and Cats   11-15 Sec. 4-5
Any person who owns or keeps a dog or cat four months old or older shall cause the dog or cat to be vaccinated effectively against rabies by a licensed veterinarian. Evidence of vaccination shall consist of a rabies vaccination certificate signed by the veterinarian administering the vaccination or a rabies vaccination tag to be attached to the animal's collar. No other vaccination certificate or tag shall be valid in the county. A rabies certificate and rabies tag issued for one animal is not valid for any other animal.

Barking   11-15 Sec. 4-9

Identification Dogs & Cats   11-15 Sec. 4-6
Any dog or cat two (2) months of age or older must wear a collar to which a durable metal or plastic identification tag is attached which has permanently stamped or printed the owner's address and phone number(s). Exceptions: Animal is being housed at a boarding kennel, is participating in training, or the tag has been removed by a veterinarian.

2.  When Your Animal Bites a Person or Animal   11-15 Sec. 4-16
When your animal bites a person or another animal, it will be quarantined for a period of no less than ten (10) days. If you can provide proof of a current rabies vaccination by a licensed veterinarian, at the discretion of the Animal Control Officer and the Health Department, the animal may be quarantined by the owner. If your animal is quarantined at a facility other than on your own property, you will be responsible for the quarantine fee charged by the facility.

Animals at Large   11-15 Sec. 4-7

Nuisance   11-15 Sec. 4-9

Dangerous Dogs   11-15 Sec. 4-7

Females in Heat   11-15 Sec. 4-9

All violations are subject to a $500.00 fine or 30 days in jail.   11-15 Sec. 4-14

Animals without identification will be picked up and transported to:

Frances R. Willis S.P.C.A
136 Four Paws Lane
Summerville, SC 29483 (off Hwy 78)
(843) 871-3820

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Last updated: 7/19/2016 11:50:36 AM