Humane Enforcement

"Keepers of the Peace" - We Truly Care About Animals


The Effingham County Sheriff's Office takes an active approach to humanely enforce County Ordinances and State Laws as they pertain to domestic animals and the public's health, safety and welfare.
  • The Effingham County Sheriff's Office Humane Enforcement Deputies are Effingham Counties first Nationally Certified Animal Control Officers.
  • The Effingham County Humane Enforcement Deputies respond to animal issues county-wide. Deputies respond to all calls involving domestic animals and wildlife.
  • Humane Enforcement Deputies respond to weekend calls on an emergency basis only.
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The Humane Enforcement Division


On November 30, 2009, the Effingham County Sheriff's Office assumed operations of the county's Animal Control Unit.

Since that time, we have renamed "Animal Control" to the "Effingham County Sheriff's Office, Humane Enforcement Division." This change to a new name instills a sense of new commitment to the citizens of Effingham County. See our brochure (PDF) for additional information.

Trapping


Humane live traps are only available for loan from the Effingham County Sheriff's Office to businesses, the elderly and the handicap at no charge. The Effingham County Animal Shelter offers humane live traps to the general public.

Animal Shelter


All animals that are picked up are transported to and housed at the Effingham County Animal Shelter, located at 307 Highway 119 North, Springfield.

All dogs, cats and ferrets are required to display a valid and current rabies tag.