Animals & Pets

Dogs
In the City of Elkins, it is illegal for dogs to run at large, and you must collect and dispose of all dog waste, even on your own property. The city imposes no licensing or tags requirement for dogs. However, Randolph County requires that all dogs be registered through the Randolph County Assessor’s Office. That office may be reached at (304) 636-2114.

Cats
In the City of Elkins, cats may run at large. You must collect and dispose of all cat waste on your own property. The city does not require that cats be licensed.

Chickens
There are no provisions in Elkins City Code for keeping chickens inside city limits.

Pigs
Elkins City Code prohibits keeping pigs inside city limits, even varieties that are commonly kept as pets elsewhere (e.g., pot-bellied pigs, etc.)

Horses
It is not illegal to ride horses or operate horse-drawn vehicles inside city limits, provided that no horse waste is permitted to remain in any public right of way. Riders/drivers must ensure that they comply with all applicable state laws, including the marking and/or lighting of horse-drawn vehicles for visibility by motor-vehicle operators.

Animal Control
Although animal control services are provided by Randolph County, not the City of Elkins, contact information for the Randolph County Animal Control Officer and the Randolph County Humane Society is provided for here for your convenience. In an emergency situation call 911.

Randolph County Animal Control Officer
(304) 636-2521

Randolph County Humane Society
P.O. Box 785
195 Weese Street Extension
Elkins, WV 26241
304.636.7844
rchs-pets.org

For questions about animal provisions in city code, contact:
Elkins City Clerk
Jessica R. Sutton
jsutton@cityofelkinswv.com
Phone: (304) 636-1414, ext. 1211
401 Davis Avenue, Elkins, WV, 26241