Animal Control Officers enforce the laws that protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public and maintain a safe environment as related to animals. Officers enforce state and county laws regarding animals, respond to emergency situations, conduct investigations regarding crimes against animals and animal bite claims and transport stray animals.

Animals Ordinance
Indian Rivers Humane Society
Disaster Preparedness for Animals Brochure

Dog Licenses

All dogs four months old or older in King William County must be licensed annually. These licenses must be purchased from the County Treasurer’s Office (769-4932) by February 1 of each year. If a dog shall become four months of age or come into the possession of any county resident by November 1 of any year, the owner must pay the license fee for the current calendar year. Dog licenses may not be issued by the Treasurer’s Office unless proof of vaccination by a licensed veterinarian is presented. Kennels (with 5 or more dogs) must come to the County Administration Building and go through zoning to get kennel tags.

Download Adobe ReaderMail in Registration is currently available in PDF format.  If needed, download a free copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Licenses can be purchased at:

Aylett Animal Hospital

King William Veterinary Clinic
King William Treasurer’s Office
Town Hall, West Point

Individual Dog: $5
Kennel (Up to 20 dogs): $25

Kennels (keeping of 5 or more dogs): Are only permitted in the A-C (Agriculture-Conservation) and the M (Industrial) districts. A distance of 200 feet is required from the kennel area to any property line.

Hunt Clubs: Are only allowed in the A-C district. Pens or kennels must be at least 200 feet away from any property line. Note: A hunt club may be in the R-R (Rural Residential) district but only after a Special Exception has been approved by the Board of Zoning Appeals.

The dog license consists of a license receipt and a metal license tag. Dogs must display the license tag on a collar, along with a rabies tag.

Back to top

Rabies Prevention

All dogs and cats four (4) months old or older in King William County must be inoculated or vaccinated against rabies. Any person having knowledge of the existence of an animal apparently inflicted with rabies should report the information immediately to the County Health Department at 769-4988 or contact the Animal Control Office.

Back to top

Leash Law

Sec. 10-69 of the County Code states that no dog may go upon any public street, sidewalk, or right-of-way, or upon the property of another unless it is kept secured by a leash or other means of restraint and under the control of a responsible person capable of physically restraining the dog within the subdivisions listed below:

Aylett Farms
Beaver Creek
Cherry Hill
Corinth Heights
Edge Hill Farms
/King William Estates
Indian Fields
Manquin Farms
Oak Springs
Reed Brothers
Rose Garden Estates
Spring Pleasants
Terra Alta
Timberland Estates
Venter Heights

Sec. 10-69 of the County Code states that “No dog shall be permitted to run at large in any part of the County from April 1 through May 31 of each year. All dogs shall be confined, restricted, or penned up during these months. For the purpose of this section, a dogs shall be deemed to be running at large while roaming, running, or self-hunting off the property of its owner or custodian and not under its owner’s or custodian’s immediate control.”

Back to top


When apprehended by an Animal Control Officer, collared dogs are impounded at the Regional Animal Shelter, at the owner’s expense, for 10 days. Dogs without collars or identification are held for 5 days.

Back to top

Lost Pets

If a dog should become lost, notify the Animal Control Office 769-4963 and the Regional Animal Shelter 769-4983.

Back to top


For more information about adoption or lost pets, please call The Regional Animal Shelter at 769-4983 or the King William Animal Control Department at 769-4963.

Back to top

Contact Information

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 98
King William, VA 23086

Phone: (804) 769-0492 (24 hours per day)

The Animal Control Department is located in the King William Sheriff’s Office in the new Courts & Public Safety Building at 351 Courthouse Lane.

Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm.

Back to top

  • Contact Staff

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.