Animal Services

The Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services Division is divided in two components, enforcement (Animal Control Officers) and Animal Shelter staff.  Animal Control Officers are responsible for the investigation of all incidents and the enforcement of State and County laws regarding domestic animals within the County’s jurisdictional boundaries, providing assistance and information to the complainants and animal owners. 

Additional duties include, but are not limited to impounding stray, sick or injured domestic animals on a daily basis. Animal shelter staff handles adoption, redemption and the task of euthanizing when necessary.  Also included in shelter staff activity is the cleaning, feeding and general care of the animals in the custody of Isle of Wight County Animal Shelter.

Our Mission

We are committed to public safety and animal protection through sheltering, adoption programs, education, and animal law enforcement.

Our Purpose

Our purpose is to provide responsible, effective, and quality animal care and control services that protect public and animal safety.

Our Philosophy

Our philosophy is to promote responsible pet ownership and provide care of all animals with a commitment to professionalism, integrity, and compassion.

Responsibilities and Services

The IOWSO Animal Services Division responds to calls regarding stray and injured animals. We also handle calls regarding livestock.


We operate a shelter where dogs, cats and other companion animals are available for adoption.  The animal shelter is located at 13044 Poor House Road, just off Route 258 near the Courthouse Complex. Operating hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and on Sunday from 1:00 pm to 4:00pm..

The Isle of Wight County Animal Shelter is located at:
 13044 Poor House Rd.
Isle of Wight, VA 23397
Animal Control (757) 365-6318

The Men and Women of Isle of Wight County Sheriff's Office Animal Control Division

ACO Chief Larry Wilson

Sherry W. Tuck

ACO Branislav Frigelj
ACO Shaun Powell