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Animal Control

The mission of the Orangeburg County Animal Control office is to protect the health and welfare of citizens in the communities, to educate the public about animal control-related laws, and to provide professional and efficient service. Animal Control ShelterAnimal control is a professional occupation equal in importance to fire, ambulance and police servers. Animal control officers, like other officers, protect the health and welfare of citizens in our communities. In addition they respond to animal conditions of danger and cruelty. Officers patrol to pick up and receive surplus of stray animals that could cause human injury, automobile accidents, property damage or spread disease. They respond to citizen complaints and issue citations to owners when they are found to be in violation of the law. Animal Control now handles pet adoptions Monday through Friday, 9AM to 4:30PM. The SPCA is a separate entity from the Orangeburg County Animal Control. If you would like to view all animals available for adoption at the SPCA, please visit Orangeburg SPCA. The SPCA is open for adoptions from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and is located at 225 Ruf Road in Orangeburg. If you have an adoption question, please call (803) 536-3918 today and an SPCA representative will be glad to assist you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Got a question about Animal Control? Here is a list of frequently asked questions that might give you the answer. If you have a question that is not on our list, please contact the Animal Control office via the Contact Form on the bottom of the page.

A. The Orangeburg County Animal Control Office takes all complaints regarding domestic animal disturbances such as barking dogs, dogs running at large, etc. within the County. The responding Officer will investigate the complaint and initiate action for resolution as required. Contact the Animal Control Office at (803) 534-0045.
A. Contact Animal Control at (803) 534-0045 or the Division of Public Services at (803) 533-6164 for finding assistance in disposal of dead animals on public property or roads. If the dead animal is on private property, the property owner is responsible for removal.
A. Notify Animal Control at (803) 534-0045. Please take the animal to a veterinarian if it is your pet.
A. Orangeburg County's Animal Control Ordinance outlines the definition of what is considered an "animal at large" and specifies what constitutes legal justification for taking such animals into custody. Please refer to the County Animal Control Ordinance documents for more information.
A. Seek immediate medical attention. If a citizen witnesses a dog or cat attacking a person, notify the rabies control officer in the health department (South Carolina DHEC can be reached at (803) 898-3432) or Animal Control Office to receive instructions as to what to do. Remember, “Rabies Kills” - no bite should be ever considered minor!
A. Yes. Orangeburg County Ordinance states that all dogs and cats must be currently vaccinated for rabies by a licensed veterinarian and the vaccination tag must be displayed around the animals neck.
A. No, the traps are used by officers on complaint calls on a first-call, first-serve basis, pending an emergency situation. The citizen would need to contact Animal Control, (803) 534-0045, and once an officer has responded to your complaint you must sign an agreement allowing a trap to be set.
A. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, (800) 922-5431, handles all wildlife.
A. No, pet owners are responsible for finding homes for their unwanted pets. You may contact Animal Control for assistance if you have questions.
A. Yes! The OCAC pet adoption program runs Monday through Friday, 9AM to 4:30PM. Any animals that the OCAC shelter has available for adoption can be viewed on our Facebook Page: Orangeburg County Animal Control and Shelter.
A. No. Any person wishing to have their animal spayed or neutered can contact a local veterinarian of their choosing.

Lost & Found Animals

If you have an animal to turn in to the Shelter or are looking for a lost pet, you may visit the Shelter from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. All animals must be turned in directly to Orangeburg County Animal Control. There is no guarantee as to the disposition of any animal that is brought in. There will be a $15 charge per animal reclaim and a $5 per day boarding charge after 5 days. Any violation of Orangeburg County Animal Control Ordinances may be fined up to $500 per violation. If you have a question in regards to a lost or found animal and/or fines and fees, please contact the Animal Control office via the Contact Form on the bottom of the page.

Animal Control Ordinance

The Orangeburg County Animal Control Ordinance is available for download here in its entirety. The index below contains links to each article so that you may view, print or save individual copies of each section. If you would like to view individual articles, simply click on the article title below within the specific article tab you wish to view. All documents on this page are presented in Adobe PDF format. If you do not have Adobe Reader, you may obtain a copy of it free of charge from Adobe.
Article I: General Provisions
Part A: Legislative History
1-101 Authorization
1-102 Findings and Purposes
Part B: Other Laws
1-201 Repeal; Severance
1-202 Construction with Other Laws
Part C: Application
1-301 Application of Code
Part D: Definitions
1-401 Definitions
Article II: Animal Control Organization
2-101 Animal Control Department
2-102 Animal Control Director
2-103 Animal Control Officers
2-104 Animal Shelters
2-105 Municipal Enforcement
Article III: Duties and Violations
Part A: Duties of General Public
3-101 Duty - Rabies Reports: Threat to Public Health - Spread of Rabies
3-102 Duty - Bite Reports: Concealing a Threat to Public Health - Animal Bites
3-103 Duty - Exotic Creatures: Threat to Public Health - Harboring Exotic Creatures
3-104 Duty - Humane Treatment: Animal Cruelty
3-105 Duty - Non-Interference with ACO: Interference with ACO
3-106 Duty - Keeper Identification: Impersonating a Keeper
Part B: Duties of Animal Keepers
3-201 Duty - Rabies Control: Threat to Public Health - Spread of Rabies
3-202 Duty - Rabies Control: Threat to Public Health - Spread of Rabies
3-203 Duty - Control of Dangerous Animal: Threat to Public Health - Failure to Control Dangerous Animal
3-204 Duty - Control of Diseased Animal: Threat to Public Health - Failure to Maintain Animal Quarantine
3-205 Duty - Disposal of Dead Animal: Threat to Public Health - Unauthorized Disposal of Dead Animal
3-206 Duty - Fighting: Animal Cruelty - Dog Fighting
3-207 Duty - Basic Necessities: Animal Cruelty - Abandonment
3-208 Duty - Humane Treatment: Animal Cruelty
3-209 Duty - Confinement and Restraint: Nuisance - Animal at Large
3-210 Duty - Peaceful Enjoyment: Nuisance - Harboring Nuisance Animal
3-211 Duty - Animal Identification: Secondary Offense - Failure to Identify
Article IV: Animals Taken Into Custody
Part A: Grounds for Custody
4-101 Grounds for Taking an Animal Into Custody
Part B: Evaluation and Post - Evaluation Dispositions
4-201 Evaluation of Animal Taken Into Custody
4-202 Impoundment Qualifications; Disqualifications
4-203 Impoundment Time Periods; Effect
4-204 Disposition of Impounded Animals
Part C: Impoundment and Redemption Procedures and Fees
4-301 Impoundment Procedures
4-302 Redemption Procedures
4-303 Fees
Part D: Euthanasia
4-401 Euthanasia
Article V: Reports, Investigations, Violations and Penalties
Part A: Reports and Investigations
5-101 Reports
5-102 Investigations
5-103 Investigative Rights
Part B: Violations and Penalties
5-201 Violations; Written Warnings; Ordinance Summons
5-202 Penalties

Animal Control Office Info

  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 5:00pm
  • Primary Phone: (803) 534-0045
  • Secondary Phone: (803) 533-6178

Animal Control Staff:

  • Program Manager
  • Officer L. Porter
  • Staff
  • Officer D. Gilmore
  • Staff
  • Officer K. Hunter
  • Staff
  • Officer D. Lang
  • Staff
  • Officer B. Smith
  • Data Clerk