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For stray animal pickup in the city call 865-215-7457, or call 865-215-8639 to leave a message.
Animal Control Permits
Basic City Ordinances for Animals [PDF]
Full List of City Ordinances for Animals
Animals in Knoxville Info
Young-Williams Animal Center
The Animal Control Board has the responsibility to recommend goals and objectives, qualification requirements, and specialized training courses to the Animal Control Unit. The board issues permits and establishes minimum standards for persons who operate quarters where any animals are kept, maintained, exhibited or displayed.
Appointment of Board Members
The Animal Control Board has 7 members. There is one representative from the Knoxville Zoological Gardens, Knox County Health Department, Knoxville Veterinary Academy, Knox County Humane Society and Animal Shelter, Knoxville Police Department, University of Tennessee School of Veterinary Medicine and one member from the public at large. These members serve four-year terms and are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council.
Meetings Schedule
Board meets quarterly on Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Young Williams Center. More meetings may be scheduled as needed.
Board Membership
Dr. Lisa Chassy
Emory Animal Hospital
2311 W. Emory Road
Powell, TN 37849
Fax: 865-947-8943
Term: 01/22/2013- 01/21/2017

Sarah Glass
Knoxville Zoo
3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive
Knoxville, TN 37914
Work: 865-637-5331 ext. 378
Fax: 865-637-1943
Term expires: 12/31/2017

Marcy J. Souza, DVM, MPH
University of Tennessee
College of Veterinary Medicine

2407 River Dr
Knoxville, TN 37996
Work: 865-755-8210
Fax: 865-974-5640
Term expires: 12/31/2017

Dr. Denita Hadziabdic Guerry
2431 Joe Johnson Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-4560
Term: 11/29/2011 - 11/29/2015

Jeffrey Ashin, CEO
Young-Williams Animal Center
3201 Division Street
Knoxville, TN 37919
Fax: 865-215-6667
Term: 01/01/2015 - 12/31/2018


Ronnie Nease
Knox County Health Dept.
140 Dameron Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37917-6413
Work: 865-215-5200
Fax: 865-215-5221
Term expires: 12/31/2017

Karen Pappas
City Animal Control
800 East Church Ave.
P.O. Box 3610
Knoxville, TN 37915
Work: 865-215-8640 or 865-215-8639
Cell: 865-556-3344
Fax: 865-215-8649
Term expires: 12/31/2017

NON MEMBER / City of Knoxville Law Dept. Representative
Douglas Gordon

City of Knoxville Law Dept.
P.O. Box 1631
Knoxville, TN 37901
Fax: 865-215-2643
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