Animal Control Division
The animal control position for the Lee County Sheriff Department is a sworn position held by a deputy who is a full-time certified law enforcement officer. The deputy answers complaints from citizens who want to file a report regarding animal-related crimes.
This division enforces the laws of the county and state. Items that are investigated are: animal bites; dangerous dogs; neglected, abused, diseased, and injured dogs. Horse complaints are also common. If horses (or other animals) are confined without proper food and water, that is a violation of state law which is punishable by fines and/or incarceration.
We work closely with the Tupelo/Lee Humane Society, and have a great resource in the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), www.humanesociety.org. The Tupelo/Lee Humane Society has an animal control officer who answers calls for service INSIDE the city limits of Tupelo, but not outside those city limits. Each municipality in Lee County is responsible for handling its own calls within the respective jurisdiction. The Lee County Sheriff's Department responds to calls within Lee County but outside those municipal limits.