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Does the Division of Animal Control offer overnight boarding for dogs and cats?

No. Check the yellow pages or online for "Boarding Kennels".

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

Q1168
Which shots are provided by the Division of Animal Control for dogs or cats before adoption?

Bordetello Vaccination and DHLPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parvo, and parainfluenza).

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

Q1169
What are some precautions that I can take to avoid being attacked by an unleashed dog?
  • Never approach a strange dog, especially one who's tied up, confined behind a fence, or in a car
  • Don't pet a dog, even your own, without letting him/her see and sniff you first
  • Never turn your back to a dog and run away - a dog's natural instinct is to chase and catch prey
  • Don't disturb a dog that's sleeping, eating, chewing on a toy, or caring for puppies
  • Be cautious around strange dogs - if a dog doesn't know you, you may be seen as a threat
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Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

Q1170
What should I do if I think a dog may attack?
  • Remain motionless with your hands at your sides until the dog loses interest, then slowly back away until s/he is out of sight. Never turn your back to the dog
  • If the dog attacks, "feed" it your jacket, purse, or anything that you can put between you and the dog
  • If you fall or are knocked to the ground, curl into a ball with your hands over your ears and your chin tucked to your chest and remain motionless and try to not scream or roll around
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Category:
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Last updated: 03/02/2015 - 12:28pm

Q1171
Will the Division of Animal Control trap stray cats in my neighborhood?

No, but the Animal Protective League has a Trap Neuter Release Program and can be contacted at 216.377.1624 ext 124.

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

Q1172
Who can I contact about stray dogs?

Contact the Division of Animal Control at 216.664.3069.

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

Q1223
What should I do if I see a dangerous-looking pack of animals?

Contact the Division of Animal Control at 216.664.3069. If it is after 3pm call the Cleveland Police at 216.621.1212.

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

Q1224
Who can I call about animal abuse or neglect?

The Animal Protective League (216.771.4616) has Cruelty Investigators that investigate complaints.

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Category:
Animals

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

Q1225
Does the City of Cleveland have a service that traps nuisance wildlife? Who do I contact?

You can contact the Division of Animal Control at 216.664.3069. Residents have several service options to choose from regarding nuisance wildlife.

  1. You can use your own trap. Animal Control will pick up any trapped wildlife except skunks (contracted trappers will pick up skunks). We will return the trap or it can be picked up at Animal Control which is located at 2690 West 7th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44113.
  2. You can borrow a trap from us for a $20 returnable deposit. We will pick up any trapped wildlife except skunks (contracted trappers will pick up skunks). The trap will be returned or it can be picked up and used until you are satisfied. The deposit is returned when the trap is returned.
  3. The wildlife can be put on the contracted Wildlife Trapper list. Time frame for this service is unknown because it is difficult to estimate how long it will take the trapper to handle each assigned service call.

If you are in need of trapping services, call 216.664.3069 and leave your name, address, zip code, phone number, and type of nuisance animal. The trapper is not contracted to trap animals that are inside homes. If an animal becomes trapped inside your house, it is your responsibility to handle that situation. The Wildlife Trapping Service is available from April 15th to October 31st each year.

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Animal Control Services
Category:
Animals

Last updated: 11/02/2017 - 9:32am

Q1355
Who should I call if I see an injured animal in a park?

Call the Division of Animal Control at 216.664.3069 or the Police at 216.621.1212

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

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