Arlington’s Animal Control Officers are on call 24/7 to assist the community. If you are concerned about the welfare of an animal (inadequate shelter, neglect, abuse, etc.) please call the shelter at 703-931-9241.

Because the noise ordinance doesn’t fall under animal control, Animal Control Officers do not have the legal authority to issue citations for barking dogs. We can investigate barking complaints if there is a concern about the dog being in physical distress. For excessive barking or noise complaints, please contact Arlington County Code Enforcement at (703) 228-3232. After 5 PM, please call the Non-Emergency Police Dispatch at 703-558-2222.

View Arlington Animal Laws and Ordinances