How to Report Your Animal Related Conflicts to Animal Control in Pittsburgh

Animal Control How to Report Your Animal Related Conflicts to Animal Control in Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Animal Control Services: Contact Them Easily Using DoNotPay

The local government of every municipality is tasked with creating an animal control department to help handle animal-related conflicts. This ranges from dangerous domestic animals, stray pets, and animals in distress and wild animals. In Pittsburgh, this responsibility rests on the shoulders of The Bureau of Animal Care & Control. The department serves the City of Pittsburgh by providing care, management, and responding to situations dealing with wildlife and domestic animals.

If you are bitten or harassed by a dog or simply want to report a negligent pet owner in the neighborhood, you may not know where to start, who to report to, and how to reach out to the Pittsburgh animal control.

This article guides you on the operations of Pittsburgh animal control services and how DoNotPay helps you to access the services.

Description of Services at Pittsburgh’s Bureau of Animal Care & Control

The Bureau of Animal Care & Control assists Bureaus within the Public Safety Department, other departments of the city, and the Allegheny County Health Department in situations that involve domestic and wild animals. The Bureau enforces local laws that deal with animals, issues citations, and appears in court. It also helps keep the parks peaceful, coordinates with non-profit animal homes, advises other animal control departments of other states and allows the Pennsylvania Game Commission to monitor the rabies virus.

Animal Care & Control Officers Have the Following Responsibilities

  1. Capture stray animals
  2. Assist pet owners in finding their lost pets
  3. Resolve any dispute over animals between neighbors
  4. Help the elderly and physically challenged with animal concerns
  5. Advise and teach residents of their responsibility as pet owners, infirm non-pet owners of their rights, and assist in removing nuisance wildlife. By nuisance wildlife, we mean wildlife that destroys property or poses a threat to the health and safety of the community by way of spreading diseases or physical attacks.
  6. The Bureau also quarantines animals, removes diseased animals, and helps police and the District Attorney's office with investigations.

It's unfortunate that although Animal Care & Control encourages responsible pet/companion ownership, over 1,300 dogs and cats are picked up yearly. Many are reunited with their homes or find new homes through a partnership the City has with a local animal shelter.

Opening Hours

Pittsburgh Bureau of Animal Control & Care Services7:00 am - 3:00 pm

(Monday to Friday)

412-255-2036 412-255-2935 after-hours jobs
For any emergencies11:00 pm to 7:00 am

(Monday to Friday)

5:00 pm to 9:00 am (Saturdays and Sundays)

Daily operations7:00 am to 11:00 pm

(Monday to Friday)

9:00 am to 5:00 pm

(Weekends and Holidays)


The Trap Program

The Pittsburgh Animal Care & Control Department has a trapping program where they provide and deliver traps to the community for a refundable deposit fee of $40.00. The residents can use the web for 14 days. At the end of fourteen days, the trap ACC picks up the trap, and the deposit is returned (if the web is not damaged, stolen, or lost). Traps are distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Deceased Animals

Animal Care & Control also offers services for animals that die. You can contact them to have your deceased pets taken or whenever there is something along the road, street, sidewalk, or park. This service is free.


All dogs above three months of age within the city of Pittsburgh must have an active license. One can get permits in one of three ways. First, you can buy them from Animal Care & Control when they come to sell them from homestead to homestead. Or you can have your license form can be mailed to you. And lastly, you can pick the license yourself at the City-County Building Treasurer's office. For more information, you can call the Dog License Department at 412-255-2967.

Cats are not required to have permits but must have I.D tags. You can be fined up to a $100.00 citation if your cat does not have an I.D.

Rabies Vaccinations

All cats and dogs must be vaccinated against rabies to protect our beloved pets, their owners, and the community. You must have the paperwork with you to prove this to avoid unnecessary fines and tussles with the law.

Contact Information

Here's the Pittsburgh Animal Care & Control Department address:

51 1/2 29th St

Pittsburgh, PA, 15201


DoNotPay Can Help You File a Dog Bite Injury Report With Pittsburgh Animal Control

Now, if you're wondering how to get compensated for a dog bite injury in Pittsburgh, DoNotPay has got covered in three easy steps. Here's what you need to do:

  1. Search "animal" on DoNotPay, find the Animal Control product, and select whether you've sustained a physical injury.


  2. Select whether you would like to report this incident to your local government agency, or demand compensation from the pet owner.


  3. Tell us more about the incident, including when and where you were injured, a description of the animal that caused the injury, and the contact information for the pet owner (if known).


And that's it! DoNotPay will file the demand letter or government report on your behalf with your incident details! You should hear back from them directly with further questions/confirmation regarding your demands.

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If you need some help reaching out to Pittsburgh animal control or any animal control department in a different location, reach out to DoNotPay now. We're always happy to help.

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