animal control

Officer Patti Lovelace     Deputy Erika Whitaker

 828.894.3001, option 3, then option 3 again.

If need immediate assistance from Animal Control, call 828.894.0187.      

Polk County Animal Control is a public service that enforces county animal control

ordinances and North Carolina State Laws pertaining to domesticated animals to

ensure public safety and the welfare of animals.

Duties include:

-Pick up or trap and deliver to Foothills Humane Society any stray or animals at

large (an animal is at large if the animal is at a location off of the real

property of the owner or keeper of the animal and not under control of the owner

or keeper).

-Enforce county ordinances and North Carolina State Laws that pertain to rabies


-Enforce the keeping of any animal(s) in such a manner as to constitute a public


-Investigate animal bites.

-Protect animals from abuse and neglect. Assist animal cruelty investigators.

-Educate and assist the public on the importance of spaying and neutering.

-Educate and assist the public on proper care for animals.

Duties DO NOT include:

-Wildlife control complaints.

-Removing of deceased animals from the roadways or properties.

Rabies Clinics

Polk County Animal Control hosts two low cost rabies clinics each year in April

and October in various locations in the county. 

The clinics include all vaccines for dogs, cats, ferrets, and horses, microchipping, low cost vouchers for spay and neuter through the Foothills Humane Society.  Check the News page for dates. 

Other Resources:

-Foothills Humane Society 828-863-4444

-Foothills Equine Rescue Assistance 828-863-4924 or 864-399-3473

-Polk Equine Emergency Rescue 828-817-0422

-North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission 800-662-7137 or

-Wildlife damage control agent 828-691-0694

-Appalachian Wildlife Refuge 828-633-6364