Giles County Animal Control

Please report all animal abuse and abandonment, cock or dog fighting, possible rabies, and aggressive animals to Animal Control.
Contact Info

Animal Control Officers


Bill Ahern
Phone: (540) 235-6096


Joe Butler
Phone: (540) 921-7809


Jonathan Butler
Phone: 540-922-5030


In an emergency, please contact the
Giles Sheriff’s Office
Phone: (540) 921-3842


Persons Impersonating Animal Control Officers

During the last month there were at least 4 instances where one or two men posed as Giles County Animal Control Officers and attempted to confiscate dogs in Pearisburg. The men were driving either a light grey/silver Ford F150 Pickup or a white Chevy 1500 Series pickup and not in uniform. The men were professionally dressed, well-spoken and even had clipboards but did not have any credentials or duty equipment.


If you are contacted by Giles County Animal Control, the officers will be in one of the two marked Animal Control vehicles pictured below. All of our officers have badges, standard issue duty belt and a county radio. In most instances the officers will be in uniform however, when called out after hours or for emergencies they may show up in civilian clothing but, they should always have a badge, duty weapon, and radio.


***Note, during the months of August and September our two newly hired officers will be in the process of training, certification and getting fitted for uniforms and equipment and they may be on duty alone but will have badges and will always be driving the marked county vehicles pictured above.


Our current compliment of full and *part time Animal Control officers is; Joe Butler (unit 201), Bill Ahern (unit 202), *Steven Hutchison (unit 203), *Jon Butler (unit 204) and *Tim Vaughn (unit 205).


If anyone shows up at your home claiming to be an Animal Control Officer in an unmarked vehicle and attempts to confiscate your pet, do not allow it and immediately contact the Giles County Sheriff’s office Dispatch at 540-921-3842 and confirm the officer’s identity or call 911 if you feel threatened.

Animal Control officers enforce County and State regulations for fowl, poultry, livestock, and dangerous animals:check dog tags: and control stray animals. They administer the dog shelter and investigate animal cruelty and abuse cases and bite/rabies cases.

Read the Giles County Pet Ordinance PDF

Virginia State Law

Most of the laws in Virginia related to animal health and welfare are included in Title 3.2, Chapter 65 (“Comprehensive Animal Care”), of the Code of Virginia.  These laws, among other things, proscribe the standard of care that an owner must provide to his or her companion animal; regulate the operation pet shops, breeders, boarding establishments and groomers; sets forth the authority of local governing bodies to adopt ordinances regulating companion animals and the operation of a pound such as the Regional Center; and defining and setting for penalties for animal cruelty.  Click on this link to view a copy of Virginia’s Comprehensive Animal Care law.

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs, through its Division of Animal Food and Industry Services, is responsible for administering Virginia’s Comprehensive Animal Care law.  You can learn more about the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Affairs by visiting its website: