Animal Control







PHONE: 517-543-5755

FAX: 517-543-5313

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Eaton County Animal Control is a law enforcement agency. 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
To request service or to be contacted by an Animal Control Officer, please call Eaton County Central Dispatch at 517-543-3510
and follow the prompt.   If your call is an emergency you may call dial 911.
Eaton County Animal Control has a special care fund. The purpose of this fund is to pay medical expenses for seriously injured animals that are in our care.
Anyone wishing to contribute to this fund, please send your donation to:               Eaton County Animal Control
                                                                                                                                              756 Courthouse Dr
                                                                                                                                              Charlotte, MI 48813
For questions, please call 517-543-5755 extension 1.




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 May 31st. Licenses are only valid for the calendar year (January 1st - December 31st) and must be renewed annually.

License Fees:

Spayed/neutered dogs       $10.00
Intact 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. The Eaton County Animal Control shelter is open Monday-Friday (except holidays) from 9:00 am- 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm and is located at 756 Courthouse Dr in Charlotte, Michigan. Note that the animal shelter only takes cash or checks but the Treasurer's Office will take cards as well. Licenses required after the May 31st deadline can only be purchased at the Animal Control shelter, the Treasurer's Office, and at the Delta Township Office.
Dog owners can renew or get new licenses from the convenience of their homes by going to the county treasurer’s dog license website!
You can also apply for licenses through mail: CLICK HERE FOR PRINTABLE APPLICATION
All revenue taken in from dog licenses supports Eaton County Animal Control.  Licensing protects public health and welfare and helps assure the safety of your pet.
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