Animal Control Department
3210-D Hi-Lo Circle, Hsv 35811
Enforcement (7:30 am - 3:30 pm) 256-532-1651
Animal Licensing (7:30 am - 3:30 pm) 256-532-1519
The county-wide mandatory licensing program provides primary regulation of pet animals by requiring annual vaccination and registration of dogs and cats three months of age or older, and by requiring that pet animals be tagged. You must bring proof of vaccination and proof of alteration to the Animal Control Office or to any District office to obtain an animal tag. The charge is $6 for unaltered dogs and cats and $3 for altered animals.
If you suspect your pet has been picked up and taken to the Animal Shelter call 532-1519. To redeem your pet, you must pay a $7.50 per day boarding fee (a maximum of $22.50). If your animal is not properly licensed, you must pay a $10 fine, purchase an animal license and a $11 rabies voucher accepted by all veterinarians. The Animal Shelter is located at 4950 Triana Boulevard. Open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The Animal Control Department Field Enforcement Program removes stray, abandoned, and feral domestic animals from the community. It also regulates pet animals in order to minimize personal injury, property damage, livestock destruction, and various public nuisances associated with free ranging, unregulated animals.
Departmental Services include: Impoundment and shelter of stray, abandoned, and nuisance animals; humane trapping of nuisance domestic and wild animals; emergency transport of injured animals, identification and return of lost pets, animal cruelty/neglect investigation; enforcement of state and local animal control laws; investigation of animal bites; humane education; community resources pertaining to animal behavior, care, welfare, and regulation.
Local Legislative act: ACT 88-424:
Requires licensing of dogs and cats in rural Madison County, authorizes the impoundment of any animal running at large without proof of license affixed. Animal licenses can be purchased at the animal control office in person, by mail to the animal control office or at the closest district commission shed.
3-1-5 CODE of ALABAMA:
Prohibits the running at large of dogs beyond the owner’s property. Does not require dogs to be under leash, but under the control of the owner.
Madison County Commission 1987 Resolution requires dogs be confined to premises.
3-7-3A CODE of ALABAMA:
Requires annual rabies vaccination of all dogs and cats 3 months of age or older. Authorizes the impoundment of any at large without proof of vaccination affixed, and the impoundment of any animal for which no proof of vaccination can be produced.
13A-11-14 CODE of ALABAMA:
Criminal code for cruelty to animals. This code would be applicable to all animals, including livestock. Does not require livestock to be provided with shelter.
13A-11-241 CODE of ALABAMA:
Pet Protection Act. Provides for felony and misdemeanor penalties for animal cruelty, and applicable to dogs and cats only. Requires proper sustenance and shelter be provided.
Madison County Commission Dangerous Dog Resolution Effective May 1, 2013
Mike Fritz, Director 256-532-1519
This department serves rural Madison County outside the city limits of Huntsville and Madison.
Huntsville City Animal Control (Complaints) 256-883-3788
Madison City Animal Control 256-772-5694
Animal Shelter 256-883-3782
4950 Triana Blvd., Hsv 35805, Fax 256-883-3677
Hours of Operation: Mon. - Fri. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Greater Huntsville Humane Society
The Ark Inc.