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If you have a dog house you no longer need and would like to donate please contact Wilson County Animal Control at 615-444-9775 We will provide donated dog houses to those who cannot afford them. Blankets, Cedar Shavings, and straw, will also be helpful with the tempatures dropping.


Thank you


Impound / Reclaim Fee - $75.00 (first 24 Hrs.), $15.00 each additional day. Must have proof of current rabies vaccine. 
Any stray dog will be held for three (3) days, or longer at the director's discretion.

Tennesse State Laws Pertaining to Dogs

       44-8-408. Dogs/Running at Large

  • As used in this section, unless the context otherwise requires, "owner" means a person who, at the time of the offense, regularly harbors, keeps or exercises control over the dog, but does not include a person who, at the time of the offense, is temporarily harboring, keeping or exercising control over the dog.

  • The owner of a dog commits an offense if that dog goes uncontrolled by the owner upon the premises of another without the consent of the owner of the premises or other person authorized to give consent, or goes uncontrolled by the owner upon a highway, public road, street or any other place open to the public generally.

      68-8-103. Vaccination; certificates

  • It is unlawful for any person to own, keep or harbor any dog or cat six (6) months of age or older that has not been vaccinated against rabies as required by this chapter, or the rules and regulations promulgated pursuant to this chapter.


      39-14-202. Cruelty to animals

  • A person commits an offense who intentionally or knowingly:

  • Fails unreasonably to provide necessary food, water, care or shelter for an animal in the person's custody;

  • Abandons unreasonably an animal in the person's custody;


      44-8-410. Female dogs; confinement while proud (in Heat)

  • Every owner of a bitch is required to confine the same for twenty-four (24) days during the time the bitch is proud (in heat.)

  • 68-8-107 Anti-Rabies Law-Seizure of dogs/cats running at large--Notification or seized animals--Redemption by owner--vacination requirement.

  • (a) Any dog found running at large may be seized by any peace officer and placed in an animal shelter in counties or cities where an animal shelter or pound is available.

  • (b) If the dog or cat is wearing a rabies vaccination tag or other identification, all reasonable effort shall be made to locate and notify the owners who shall be required to appear within five (5) days and redeem the animal by paying a pound fee as set by the city or county legislative body. A failure to pay the pound fee, or have the animal vaccinated if proof of current vaccination is not produced prior to release, shall require the animal to be adopted or destroyed.

  • (c) If any dog or cat is not wearing a vaccination tag or other identification, the animal may be adopted or destroyed, unless legally claimed by the owner within three (3) days.

  • (d) No dog or cat three (3) months of age or older shall be released from a shelter without having proof of current vaccination or until it has been vaccinated and, where applicable, a tag issued.

  • (e) A county may allow, by local ordinance, the adoption of a dog or cat three (3) months of age or older without a vaccination as long as procedures are established to ensure that the animal is vaccinated for rabies within seventy-two (72) hours of release from the shelter.

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