Animal laws

​Charlotte-Mecklenburg Ordinance Laws

Animal Care & Control Officers are charged with the responsibility of enforcing all City, County and State laws pertaining to the welfare and control of animals.

Enforcement activities range from investigating and prosecuting animal cruelty and neglect cases, leash law violations, to investigating potentially dangerous dogs.

To report a suspected violation of any of of these ordinances, please call 311.

To read the ordinance in its entirety click here (To see the townships, and other counties/states, go to​)

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control answers calls for service in the following areas:
City of Charlotte 
Mecklenburg County 
Town of Mint Hill ​
Town of Pineville  Upon request from Pineville Police Department.
Town of Davids​on – Upon request from Davidson Police Department.  Davidson also provides their own animal licensing at the Davidson Town Hall

The following townships have their own Animal Services and Animal Control Officer. If you live in these towns and have questions or need to place a call for service you can visit their websites to get the information you need:
Town of Matthe​ws 
Town of Huntersville 
Town of Cornelius