How Loudon County Deals with Nuisance Animals
Dogs are prohibited from running at large by section 44-8-408 of the Tennessee Code Annotated.
Violations of these sections are Class "C" Misdemeanors and are punishable by up to a $50.00 fine.
In addition many counties and municipalities have their own ordinances regarding animals at large.
In Loudon County, Lenoir City, and Loudon City, for example, it is a violation for dogs to run at large, but currently there is no ordinance on Cats, they are considered "Free range animals".
Loudon County has a warning process in which violators receive up to 3 warnings that they are in violation and have 3 days to correct the problem.
If the violation is not corrected within 3 days the violator is facing possible impoundment of the animal and/or a citation.
Persons having problems with animals at large should call Animal Control, 458-5593.
Please be advised that it is illegal for a person to shoot or poison an animal simply because it is running at large.
The best thing to do first in regard to nuisance animals is simply to try talking to the animal's owner, who may not be aware that his or her animal is causing problems.
How Loudon County Deals with Lost Pets
The Loudon County Animal Shelter takes in several cats and dogs each day that have gotten lost and could not find their way home. These animals usually do not have any identification. It is best to have identification on your pet and even better to have them micro-chipped. The Shelter has equipment to scan micro-chipped animals and reunite lost pets with their families. This is a very inexpensive procedure that your local veterinarian can provide.
Each month the Loudon County Animal Shelter takes in an average of 100 stray animals. They are required by State Law to hold stray animals for 72 hours. After the 72 hours holding period, the animals will be placed for adoption. As a last resort, the animals will be euthanized.
Thousands of dogs and cats are euthanized every day at animal shelters throughout the nation. Over half of these animals have homes, but their owners did not think to call the animal shelter. Please remember to call the shelter immediately if your pet is missing. Your animal will be logged into the animal shelter’s lost files and you will be notified if they have any animals fitting the description of your pet.
You can also leave a message 24 hours a day on their answering service and your phone call will be received the following business day.