The Bureau of Animal Care & Control serves the residents of the City of Pittsburgh by providing care, control and resolution to situations dealing with domestic animals and wildlife.

Description of Services

The Bureau of Animal Care & Control provides assistance to the employees of the Public Safety Department, other City Departments and the Allegheny County Health Department in situations involving animals, both domestic and wild. The Bureau assists the Pennsylvania Game Commission in the tracking of the rabies virus; enforces the Dangerous Dog Law; it enforces City and State codes dealing with animals; issues citations and appears in court; keeps City parks animal-nuisance free; works with non-profit animal shelters; and provides consultation to other municipalities concerning animal issues.

Animal Control Agents capture stray animals, assist in pet/owner recovery, resolve neighbor disputes over animals, assist the elderly and physically-challenged with animal concerns, advise and teach residents of their responsibility as pet owners, advise non-pet owners of their rights, capture and release State and non-State-mandated wildlife, as well as the capture of domestic animals and wildlife. The Bureau also quarantines animals, provides removal of deceased animals and assists police and the District Attorney's office with inhumane investigations.

Although Animal Care & Control encourages responsible pet/companion ownership there are still over 1,100 dogs and cats picked up yearly. Many are reunited with their homes through a partnership the City has with a local No-Kill shelter.

Due to the wooded mountainous geography the City has, residents share common areas with a host of wildlife (skunks, raccoons, ground hogs, foxes, coyotes, deer, turkeys etc.) Animal Care & Control provides residents with humane traps to prevent the spread of viruses and human contact. Animal Care & Control relocates and/or removes over 2,000 yearly.

The City offers 24 hour service. The Animal Care & Control office hours are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Operations continue from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturdays, Sundays and holidays operations are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All "after hour" operations are for any emergency that a resident may have.

Responsible pet owners need to know that along with the obligation to properly feed, shelter, and care for a pet, there are laws (ordinances) to protect the animal, the pet owner, and the community.

"Owner" includes every person who keeps or shelters and every person who allows an animal to be on their property (land or house) which is occupied by him or her. This means that if you are in possession of an animal, whether you own it or not - you're responsible for its care, behavior, and welfare.


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