*****For immediate assistance with sick or injured wildlife please call the Police Non-emergency number, 703-691-2131. *****
4500 West Ox Road
Fairfax, Va. 22030
Email Animal Protection Police at FCPDAnimalProtection@FairfaxCounty.gov
Animal Protection Police Officers (APPOs) assist with a wide array of encounters between animals and humans, from reports of stray dogs, to raccoons in living rooms, to potential neglect or cruelty situations. APPOs are trained law enforcement officers responsible for enforcing county ordinances and state laws that pertain to animals and their treatment. The primary function of the Fairfax County Police Department Animal Services Division is to help protect county residents while humanely assisting with pets and animals.
Animal Protection Police Officer duties include:
- Enforcement of county codes and state laws that pertain to domestic, as well as wild animals
- Investigation of animal cruelty complaints
- Investigation of dog attacks or bites to humans and animals
- Response to emergencies involving sick or seriously injured animals, including potential human exposure to the rabies virus
- Removal of stray dogs from streets and other public areas
- Response to reports of dog attacks on livestock
Animal Protection Police hours of service:
Seven days a week
6 a.m.- 12:30 a.m. call 703-691-2131 to report an incident
What to report and how to make a report:
Call the Fairfax County Police non-emergency dispatch number at 703-691-2131 to report:
Animal cruelty or neglect
Sick or injured wildlife
Human exposure/encounters with potentially rabid wildlife
Animal Protection Police Officers will respond to the following wildlife encounters/emergencies:
In a home or business that poses a threat to humans or pets
Between humans or domestic animals that could result in rabies exposures
When wildlife shows signs and symptoms of rabies
When wildlife poses a threat to humans or pets
When wildlife appear sick or injured
In addition to our officers, The Wildlife Rescue League operates a wildlife assistance hotline that provides the public with advice, resources and referrals to licensed wildlife rehabilitators. You can visit their website for more information, http://wildliferescueleague.org/.
What sorts of wildlife/domestic animal incidents should NOT be reported to Animal Protection Police?
Animal Protection Police Officers do NOT respond to the following:
Calls reporting wildlife nuisances
When wildlife poses no real threat to humans or pets
Wild animals living under decks, storage sheds, porches
Wild animals living in populated areas
Wild animals in attics, basements, garages and sheds
Wildlife has damaged gardens, flower beds or shrubs
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) has more information on their webpage, http://www.dgif.virginia.gov/wildlife/nuisance/. You can also call their toll-free wildlife conflict helpline at 1-855-571-9003.
Dog licenses are mandatory in Fairfax County
A license will ensure quick identification and reunion if your dog becomes lost or missing.
All dogs age 4 months and older must be licensed
Licenses are good for the calendar year issued and expire December 31
New licenses must be purchased by January 31
Animal Protection Police Officers enforce the dog license code
Full dog licensing information can be found at:
Penalties for an unlicensed dog:
A class IV misdemeanor
Up to $250 fine
Learn more about the rabies virus.
Rabies is a deadly disease, to both humans and animals
All dogs and cats over four months old must be vaccinated against rabies by a licensed vet
In Fairfax, the rabies virus has appeared in raccoons, foxes, skunks, bats, and occasionally dogs, cats and ferrets
Minimize contact between pets and wildlife.
Report animal bites: 703-691-2131
Report animals acting strangely or altercations between wild and domestic animals: 703-691-2131
Learn more about this deadly virus at: Fairfax County Health Department or www.vdh.virginia.gov/epidemiology/DEE/Rabies/
Preparing to care for your pets in an emergency:
The Fairfax County Animal Services Division encourages pet owners to be prepared.
Create a disaster kit for your pets
Check out the Virginia Department of Emergency Management suggestions on what to include in your pet disaster preparedness kit:
Incidents of animal hoarding can be reported by calling the Fairfax County Police non-emergency dispatch number at 703-691-2131. For more information about hoarding, please visit the Code Compliance webpage: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/code/hoarding