Josh Smith, Animal Control Officer
The mission of Cocke County Animal Control is to promote and enforce the humane treatment of our animal population as well as a dedication to rabies eradication, reducing animal euthanasia and controlling the pet population through a cooperative effort with the community. This is accomplished through following state mandated guidelines and procedures. Normal business hours are Monday through Friday 8:00am – 4:00pm. Animal Control only goes on after hour calls in the event of an emergency. If you are in need of animal control please call the above listed number. If there is no answer please leave a message.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have an emergency and are unable to reach the Animal Control Officer please call 911 or contact the Cocke County Sheriff Department Dispatch at 423-623-3064.
When calling animal control if you do not get an answer it is important to leave a message. Cocke County has one animal control officer for the entire county. Many times, he is out of the cell phone coverage area in more rural parts of the county. During these times the phone does not always display a missed call. If you haven’t received a return call in what you feel is an adequate amount of time please contact the County Mayor’s Office at 423-623-8791 and someone there will take your call.
Yes, but keep in mind that local animal control cannot go into a livestock area without a representative from the State of Tennessee Agriculture Department.
Call the animal control number listed above during normal business hours. The animal control officer will come to the area in question and try to locate the animal. However, if the animal in question is on the property of the owner when animal control arrives then the animal will not be taken in.
Yes Tennessee does have a leash law.
Under these conditions the animal control officer would respond to a scene after normal business hours to assess the situation:
- An animal has threatened or endangered a person or persons
- An animal has attacked and/or injured a person or persons
- An animal has been critically injured in an accident, such as a highway automobile accident
- A stray animal is in critical, immediate need of medical attention and the caller is afraid the animal will not survive until normal business hours