Frequently Asked Questions

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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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Animal Control Services
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Animals

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.

From:
Animal Control Services
Category:
Animals

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

Q1133
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.

From:
Animal Control Services
Category:
Animals

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.

From:
Animal Control Services
Category:
Animals

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

Q1141
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.
From:
Animal Control Services
Category:
Animals

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.

From:
Animal Control Services
Category:
Animals

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

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.

From:
Animal Control Services
Category:
Animals

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.

From:
Animal Control Services
Category:
Animals

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

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:

From:
Animal Control Services
Category:
Animals

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

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.

From:
Animal Control Services
Category:
Animals

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

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