Lee County Dog Tags, Rabies Vaccination Law, Animal Pound

Lee County Dog Tags are required according to Lee County Ordinance which states that ALL dogs are required to have a County dog tag. Virginia State Law in effect since July 1st, 2007 states that all dogs age four months and older are required by law to have been vaccinated against Rabies. The Treasurer’s Office requires a copy of the Rabies Vaccination from your veterinarian to issue a County dog tag. Valid January through December, the cost of Dog Tags are $2 and may be purchased at the Lee County Animal Hospital in Jonesville at the time the Rabies Vaccination is administered.

According to the Code of Virginia, (specifically, section 3.2-6521) the owner of all dogs and cats four months of age or older shall have them vaccinated for rabies. Note this does not mean that owners or dogs and/or cats must wait until the animal is four months old but rather by the time the animals are four months of age or older they must be vaccinated. Rabies Vaccinations are to be administered by a licensed veterinarian or a licensed veterinarian technician under the direct supervision of a veterinarian.

Other information of interested concerning dogs in Lee County is that dogs may be surrendered to the Lee County Animal Control Dog Pound only during posted hours. Anyone leaving a dog outside of the Pound unattended is considered guilty of abandonment and subject to prosecution. Dog owners are required to sign a release form when deciding to surrender their dogs, and there is a $4 a day fee on all owner reclaimed animals.

Dog adoptions are free to the public, but you are required to sign an Adoption Agreement along with a Spay/Neuter Agreement stating that you will have the adopted animal Spayed or Neutered within a designated period depending on the animal’s age. The Rabies Vaccination Certificate should minimally include the signature of the veterinarian, the animal owner’s name and address (where the animal resides) , species of the animal, sex, age, color, primary breed, whether or not the animal is spayed or neutered, vaccination number and expiration date.

In case of a dog bite, please promptly notify the Lee County Sheriff’s Department at 276-346-7777 and they will page the Animal Control Officer to respond as quickly as possible. All animal related calls should be directed towards the Animal Control Officer at 276-346-7710 during office hours of Monday thru Friday 8:00a.m. until 10:00 a.m.  and if unavailable it is asked that you please leave a detailed message and they will return your call as quickly as they are able.
Directions to the Lee County Animal Pound are from Highway 58 turn south onto State Route 70 and then immediately turn left onto Bus Shop Road and follow the signs to the Pound located at 944 Bus Shop Road in Jonesville, Va.

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