Animal Control

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  Eaton County Animal Control

756 Courthouse Drive 

Charlotte, MI 48813


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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 is currently establishing 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.



Eaton County Animal Control would like to extend an extra special thank you to the following groups & organizations:

 Charlotte Peeble's Store & its customers for the donation made to our Special Care Fund

East Side Quilters group for the homemade dog beds



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 - Decemeber 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. The Eaton County Animal Control shelter is open Monday-Friday (except holidays) from 9:00 a.m- 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. 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 purchased after the regular due dates can only be purchased at the Animal Control shelter, the Treasurer's Office, and at the Delta Township Office.
 2017 Dog Licensing and Renewal  
Dog License Website New and renewal dog licensing for 2017 began December 1. Any dog four months or older needs a new or renewed license.  For non-spayed or neutered dogs the fee is $15. For spayed and neutered dogs the fee is $10. Avoid a $30 delinquent fee by renewing your dog license now.  Pet owners can renew or get new licenses from the convenience of their homes by going to the county treasurer’s dog license website.  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. Although a license is still required, there is no fee for leader dogs or dogs in service training.  While one can’t transfer a license to another dog, if a dog’s owner changes, the license will transfer with the dog to its new owner. Licenses can be purchased at:
  • The treasurer’s online dog license website.  
  • At the Eaton County Animal Control at 756 Courthouse Drive in Charlotte from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily  
  • At the county treasurer’s office in Charlotte 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  
  • At your local township, city, or village office until March 1. 
Please share this online dog license link  with your Eaton County friends on Facebook or Twitter.Link to Online Dog License Site
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!

!!Treasurer Announces 2017 Doggy Photo Contest!!

The Eaton County Treasurer’s 2017 Doggy Photo Contest also began on December 1.  First, second, and third place winners will be chosen by the community at large based on the number of votes or “likes”  each photo receives on the treasurer’s Facebook page.  Pet photos will be on public display at the Eaton County treasurer’s office in Charlotte, published in a future issue of 
The County Journal, and posted on the treasurer’s Facebook page. Complete contest rules and regulations are available at the treasurer’s website.  Pets must have a valid Eaton County dog license to enter.  

“This has become a fun annual event,” said County Treasurer, Bob Robinson.  “It’s fun for dog owners and a great way to remind folks about the convenience of our 
online dog licensing system. Most importantly, we’ll all find out who owns the cutest dog in the county for 2017. 

I’d like to thank 
The County Journal for their kind sponsorship and participation in the contest,” he added.

Link to Contest Rules and Regulations    Link to Online Dog License Website


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