Animal Control Services FAQ's

How can I prevent wild animals from looking for food in my yard?

Here are some steps you can take:

  • Remove unused pet food and water bowls at night and never leave them out for wild animals
  • Don't store garbage in bags - keep it in cans with secure lids or stored in a secure area
  • Harvest gardens often and pick up fruit from the ground
  • Control access by keeping pet doors locked and sealing entry holes in and under buildings, eaves, air ducts and decks. Slotted vent covers are better than screens
  • Make a trench around a deck at least one foot deep, put in ¼” screening or metal flashing, and fill with dirt. Attach screen to deck with nails or fence staples. Before completing, make sure no animals are trapped inside. Sprinkle flour around entrance holes and check for tracks in the morning- if there are none 3 nights in a row, there probably are no animals. This may also be used along fences.
  • Animals damaging lawns may leave if there are no grub worms or subsoil insects. Organic and chemical control products can be bought at hardware or garden stores. If using chemical products, remember the safety of pets and children
  • Animals may be kept away from roof areas by trimming branches 10 feet from roof and by keeping climbing plants away from roof area and eaves.
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Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

Q1144
What are the types of fines issued by the Division of Animal Control?

Animal Control Officers issue citations for violations of the city's animal ordinances. A municipal judge will decide the amount of the fine which will range from $25 to $1,000.

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Q1146
What is done with animals that are picked up by the Division of Animal Control? How long they are kept before they are euthanized?

By City law, dogs and cats are held for 72 hours. But in order to give owners a chance to find lost pets, the Division of Animal Control will hold a stray animal three days not including the day it is picked up, Sundays, and holidays. After that, the animal is evaluated and transferred to other shelters and rescue groups if deemed adoptable. At this time the Cleveland Kennel does very limited adoptions.

Adoptable animals are held as long as possible, but those deemed not adoptable are humanely euthanized.

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Last updated: 10/28/2016 - 8:47am

Q1147
Is the Cleveland Division of Animal Control the same as the APL?

No. The Animal Protective League is a non-profit (supported through donations) that accepts animals surrended by their owners. Cleveland Animal Control is a government entity (supported through tax dollars) which handles animal control related issues.

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Q1148
Does the Division of Animal Control offer spay/neuter for dogs and cats? Are the services free?

The Division of Animal Control does not offer this service, but low-cost spay/neuter referral is available at 216.664.2759. The following organizations offer low cost spay/neuter services:

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Q1149
What happens with animals if there is over-crowding at the Kennel?

The Cleveland Division of Animal Control, Animal Protective League, and Cuyahoga County Kennels have a partnership. Adoptable dogs are transferred from the Division of Animal Control to avoid overcrowding.

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Q1150
Is there a web page that shows photos of animals that are available from the Division of Animal Control?

The Division of Animal Control posts photos of available dogs here. 

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Q1151
There is a stray animal near my house. Does the Division of Animal Control trap animals?

Traps are set up for stray dogs when needed, according to written guidelines. Please call the Division of Animal Control at 216.664.3069 Monday through Saturday from 7:30am to 3pm for details. The Division of Animal Control does not trap cats at this time.

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Q1152
Are there any requirements (license, shots) for usage of a dog park?

There are no city ordinances regarding the use of dog parks, but they do have signs that list their rules.

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Q1153
Can I get shots at the Division of Animal Control for my dog and cat?

The Division of Animal Control does not have a Veterinarian at this time. Check the yellow pages or look online for a Veterinarian near you.

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