DeKalb County Animal Enforcement Services (DCAES) is managed by the DeKalb County Public Safety division. DCAES provides care, education, and protection services for animals in the fight against cruelty, while enforcing County ordinances and state animal-related laws.
DCAES continues to ensure protective measures for staff and the public to reduce the risk of COVID virus exposure and transmission.
Due to capacity levels at the animal shelter, effective immediately, DeKalb County Animal Services officers will be responding to only the highest priority calls. Priority calls include: dog bites, police/fire assists, injured animals and animal cruelty complaints.
Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm
Saturday – Sunday, emergencies only
To request service, call 404.294.2996 x2 or submit the Animal Service Request form online.
To report animal cruelty, call the Cruelty Report Hotline: 404.294.2939. Please provide the address of the animal in need. You may remain anonymous. The cruelty hotline and service request form submissions are monitored Mon – Fri, 8:30am – 4:30pm. For after hours service requests, please call 678.406.7929.
Due to the volume of emails received, please allow 2-3 business days for a response. If your matter is urgent (dog bite, cruelty, rabies or injured animal) and it is during business hours, please contact our office by phone to speak with one of our Animal Enforcement dispatchers at 404.294.2996 x2. Please do not submit urgent requests online.
If you are submitting a barking dog complaint, you must include your name, phone number and address, or your request will not be valid. Additionally, you may have to appear in court if necessary.
During business hours, Animal Enforcement handles the following:
- Dog bites
- Injured animals
- Cruelty or neglect of animals
- Dangerous or vicious animals
- Dog and/or cockfighting
- Loose animals
- Leash law violations
- Welfare checks
- Excessive animal noise
- License/rabies vaccination violations
Although the main office is closed, Animal Enforcement is available after business hours and on weekends for emergencies only. Emergencies consist of police assists, animal cruelty, animal bites, or other serious needs, and all calls that are routed through 911.
Coordinator Pack has a deep love and compassion for both animals and people. She's been with DeKalb County for 22 years. Coordinator Pack grew up with dogs, cats and even goats. She's excited about the increasing attention and recognition that the Animal Services and Care field is beginning to receive.
Officer Harper has been in the field for a "long, long time." He loves helping 2-legged and 4-legged alike, and always "talks" to the animals, even the "angry ones." Officer Harper also loves old school cartoons and movies.
Officer Griffin has been with DeKalb County for 28 years and has been working in Animal Control for 27 years. He enjoys working with the public and protecting the animals of DeKalb.
Officer Howard loves every form of art: music, painting, dance. His favorite animal is an elephant, but his favorite type of dog is a Mastiff. Officer Howard is a jokester and loves making people laugh! He takes pride in his work and in well representing Animal Services in and around the community.
Officer Smith decided to begin his career in animal services, using his love for animals to ensure they are protected and to educate the public about how to be the best pet owner possible. While he enjoys working with animals, his favorite part of the job so far is interacting with the diverse citizens of DeKalb County.
Officer Cain enjoys working with animals, and he likes being a team player and serving the citizens of DeKalb County with his team.
Officer Spurlock has worked in the Animal Control field for over 30 years. He enjoys helping the public with their animal issues and educating them on the laws and animal care.
Officer Ruth enjoys working in public service and helping to protect animals who can’t speak for themselves.
I enjoy helping animals in need, and it’s a pleasure to assist the community with their animal related issues.
By following these tips below, you can help prevent the spread of rabies.
- Keep your pets from running-at-large.
- Don’t leave trash outside, feed wild animals or make contact with any wild animals.
- Make sure your pet’s rabies vaccination is current.
- Have your pet vaccinated each year for rabies.
- Register your pet with Dekalb County Animal Services.
On April 25, 2022, a BAT was rescued from a pond near McNair Middle School and later tested positive for rabies.
On November 2, 2021, a RACOON was captured in the 2300 Block of North Eiffel Ct in Decatur that later tested positive for rabies.
On October 17, 2021, a BAT was captured in the 1800 Block of Westminister Way in Atlanta that later tested positive for rabies.
On Jul 10, 2021, a FOX was captured in the 2900 Block of Turner Hill Rd in Lithonia that later tested positive for rabies.
On December 10, 2020, a COYOTE was captured in the 1600 Block of Folkstone Rd NE in Atlanta that later tested positive for rabies.
On March 28, 2020, a RACOON was captured in the 1800 Block of Gainsbrough Drive in Atlanta that later tested positive for rabies.
On August 15, 2019, a FOX was captured in the 1900 Block of Spencer Oaks Lane in Lithonia that later tested positive for rabies.
To make the most efficient use of staff and resources, Animal Enforcement uses wire traps to catch hard-to-catch domestic animals. An officer will set and bait the trap for you.
As more development in Atlanta destroys the homes of wildlife, wild animals are forced into smaller spaces, including our own backyards. While we may see these animals as a nuisance, they are simply trying to survive. This article by the HSUS explains how to live with the wildlife in our communities.
Here is a list of wildlife rehabilitators, and Wild Nest Bird Rehab has steps for you to follow if you find a bird in metro Atlanta.
DeKalb County Animal Enforcement Services does not provide removal of deceased animals. For pickup of deceased animals in public spaces, please call the Department of Sanitation at 404.294.2900
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