Calvert County Animal Control Division to Move to Barstow Location

PRINCE FREDERICK, Md. – Feb. 13, 2018 – The Calvert County Department of Public Safety Animal Control Division will move operations from the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office into the Department of Public Safety building at 315 Stafford Road in Barstow Friday, Feb. 16. The move is part of Calvert County Government’s reorganization which began last July.

In the restructure, the Animal Control Division was moved from the Sheriff’s Office to the Department of Public Safety to better align animal services with the county’s new Linda L. Kelley Animal Shelter expected to open in Fall 2018. The new animal shelter also reports to the Department of Public Safety.

“The Animal Control Division remains dedicated to ensuring the safety and protection of animals,” said Chief Animal Control Officer Craig Dichter. “We are confident the move will be a seamless one and operations will continue as normal.”

The Sheriff’s Office will no longer issue pet licenses; citizens can purchase licenses from the Department of Public Safety.

The mission of the Calvert County Department of Public Safety Animal Control Division is to fairly and humanely enforce the animal control laws, regulations and ordinances as set forth by the state of Maryland and the Calvert County Board of County Commissioners.

Animal Control officers work within our community to respond to calls for service regarding domestic animals and wildlife suspected of being rabid. The division educates the community about animal welfare and safety, addresses violations of state law and county ordinances, and patrols assigned areas looking for problem or nuisance animals running at large.

For more information about the Calvert County Animal Control Division, please call 410-535-1600, ext. 2526, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. or call the Calvert Emergency Communications at 410-535-3491 for after-hours emergencies. Learn more by visiting online.

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