Animal Control

Eaton County Animal Control    

756 Courthouse Drive

Charlotte, MI 48813



ecac bldg Sheriff Jan 2013                                                                                                                                                                         EATON COUNTY SHERIFF TOM REICH              

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Eaton County Animal Control is a law enforcement ageny. Animal Control is not a humane society or an animal rescue. Animal Control is a division of the Sheriff's Office under the direction of Sheriff, Tom Reich. This branch of the Sheriff's Office handles and investigates complaints involving domestic animals.
Complaints involving non-domestic animals are the responsibility of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (517) 284-6210.

Shelter Hours:

The shelter is open to the public Monday - Friday (except holidays) from 9:00am - 12:00pm & 1:00pm - 4:00pm.

Services Provided by Animal Control Include:

  • Public Education Concerning Animal Care and Related Laws
  • Enforcement of State and County Laws Regarding Animals
  • Stray/Abandoned Dogs
  • Dogs/Livestock At Large
  • Dog Licensing
  • Animal Bites/Vicious Animals
  • Animal Cruelty/Abuse/Neglect Investigations
  • Animal Adoptions
* Note*  To request service or to be contacted by an Animal Control Officer, please call Eaton County Central Dispatch at 517-543-3512 and follow the prompt.   If your call is an emergency you may call dial 911.


Check out our Featured Adoptable Pet!


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Meet our petite Pitbull, Bella! You won’t find a dog with a better smile than this little lady! Bella loves to go on walks and will do anything for a good belly rub. She’s clearly had puppies in the past, but she is now retired from that life and has been spayed and is ready for her new home! As with most of our adoptable dogs, Bella came in as a stray so her history is unknown. Bella would likely do best as an only pet, and with pet parents that are looking for an energetic companion. She is up-to-date on her shots and has been heartworm tested negative.

Come in and meet Bella today! You might just find your new best friend! Don’t forget to ask about her special adoption rate!


Licensing Requirements: All citizens in the state of Michigan are required to license their dogs four months or older.  A current rabies vaccination certificate from a licensed Michigan Veterinarian is required in order to license dogs.  There is no reciprocity for out of state dog licenses, however, dog licenses from other Michigan counties are recognized.  We begin selling licenses for the upcoming year on December 1st, and the deadline for a dog license purchase is February 28th. Licenses are only valid for the calendar year (January 1st - Decemebr 31st) and must be renewed annually.

License Fees:

Spayed/neutered dogs       $10.00
Sexed dogs                            $15.00
Late fee (after May 31st)    $30.00
Dog licenses may be purchased in person at the County Treasurer's Office, the Animal Control shelter, and at many of the township offices.  A valid vaccination certificate must be presented at the time of purchase.  The County Treasurer's Office is open Monday - Friday (except holidays) from 8:00am - 5:00pm and is located at 1045 Independence Blvd. in Charlotte, Michigan. Licenses purchased after the regular due dates can only be purchased at the Animal Control shelter, the Treasuer's Office, and at the Delta Township Office.
You can also apply for licenses through mail: CLICK HERE FOR PRINTABLE APPLICATION
***NEW*** Dog licensing is now available on-line! Click here to learn more!



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