Animal Control Services FAQ's

Do some states have felony laws regarding dog fighting?

Yes. Dogfighting is illegal in all 50 states and a felony offense in almost every state.

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Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

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Should being a dogfighting spectator be a felony?

Yes. Profits come from admission fees and gambling. Since the fights are illegal and not advertised, spectators don’t happen upon fights- they look for them. They are willing participants who support criminal activity.

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Q1143
I called about an animal. Can I find out if it has been picked up?

Yes. You can call the Division of Animal Control at 216.664.3069 between the hours of 7:30am and 3:00pm Monday through Saturday.

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Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

Q1128
What type of animals will the Division of Animal Control handle?

At this time the Animal Control Officers will pick up stray dogs, stray injured cats, and trapped nuisance wildlife (skunks, groundhogs, opposums, and raccoons). Call the Division of Animal Control at 216.664.3069.

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Q1129
How do I register or get a license for my dog?

The Division of Animal Control can help you between 7:30am and 3pm Monday through Saturday, or you can register online at the Cuyahoga County Fiscal Officer's Website, or call the County Dog Warden at 216.525.7877 for a location near you.

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Q1130
Do you destroy animals? How are they destroyed?

The Division of Animal Control humanely destroys animals. Certified Technicians humanely euthanize stray dogs, cats, and trapped nuisance wildlife by lethal injection when needed.

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Q1131
I received a citation for my pet. Where do I pay it?

You can pay your fine by mail or at the Clerk of Courts Office located on the 3rd floor of the Justice Center. The Justice Center is located at 1200 Ontario Street, Cleveland, Ohio (map). The phone number is 216.664.4966. See the back of the citation for full instructions.

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Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

Q1132
Does Cleveland have animal ownership restrictions?

Under City Ordinance 603A, exotic pets are not permitted. See the full list of the animals and the ordinance for more details.

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Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

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How does dog fighting cause animal suffering?

Many dogfight injuries are life-threatening and cause death. Most fights feature pit bulls which have been bred and trained for fighting. They cause bruising, puncture wounds, and broken bones with their powerful jaws. Dogs often die of blood loss, shock, dehydration, exhaustion, or infection. Some owners train their dogs for fights with cats, rabbits or smaller dogs. These "bait" animals are often stolen pets or animals obtained from "free to good home" ads.

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Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

Q1139
Why should dogfighting be a felony instead of a misdemeanor?

Because participants can make a lot of money at it, misdemeanor penalties are not strong enough to make them want to quit. It is cruel and premeditated.
Dogfighters go to great lengths to avoid being caught by Police, making investigations difficult, dangerous, and expensive and officials are more likely to investigate dogfighting if it is a felony. As more states make dogfighting a felony, states with low penalties will become magnets for dogfighters.

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Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

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