Code of the District of Columbia

§ 8–1802. Animal Care and Control Agency.

(a) The Mayor may contract, either by negotiation or competitive bid, with a District of Columbia humane organization to serve as the Animal Care and Control Agency. The Mayor may delegate all or part of his authority under this subchapter, including the issuance of notices of violations, to the Animal Care and Control Agency.

(b) The Animal Care and Control Agency shall:

(1) Pursuant to this subchapter, issue fines and citations for violations and deliver all fees collected to the Mayor.

(2) Allow the Mayor or the Mayor’s designee to inspect the Animal Care and Control Agency to determine compliance with District laws, regulations, policies, and contractual obligations;

(3) Ensure that all contractually required records are accurate, easily accessible, and available at all times;

(4) Immediately inform the Mayor or the Mayor’s designee of any significant changes in its operations or leadership;

(5) Respond to all animal calls and emergencies in the District; and

(6) Perform any other duties the Mayor designates that are consistent with the provisions of this subchapter.

(c) The Animal Care and Control Agency shall promote:

(1) The reduction of euthanasia of animals for which medical treatment or adoption is possible; and

(2) The utilization of trap, spay or neuter, and return practices as a means of controlling the feral cat population; provided, that all efforts shall be made to adopt out a trapped, tamable kitten.


(Oct. 18, 1979, D.C. Law 3-30, § 3, 26 DCR 765; Sept. 16, 1980, D.C. Law 3-97, § 2(a), 27 DCR 3523; Dec. 5, 2008, D.C. Law 17-281, § 104(b), 55 DCR 9186; Dec. 20, 2017, D.C. Law 22-37, § 2(b), 64 DCR 11682.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 6-1002.

1973 Ed., § 6-2402.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 8-2001 and § 8-2201.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 17-281, in the section heading and subsec. (a), substituted “Animal Care and Control Agency” for “Animal Control Agency”; rewrote subsec. (b) which read: “The Animal Control Agency shall deliver all fees collected under this chapter to the Mayor.”; and added subsec. (c)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(b) of Standard of Care for Animals Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2017 (D.C. Act 22-165, Oct. 23, 2017, 64 DCR 10792).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2(c) of Standard of Care for Animals Emergency Amendment Act of 2017 (D.C. Act 22-137, July 31, 2017, 64 DCR 7787).

Delegation of Authority

Delegation of authority pursuant to Law 3-30, see Mayor’s Order 83-206, August 2, 1983, as amended by Mayor’s Order 86-64, April 22, 1986

Delegation of authority pursuant to Law 3-30, The Animal Control Act of 1979, see Mayor’s Order 2009-38, March 23, 2009 ( 56 DCR 6774)