It is the mission of the County of Summit Division of Animal Control to provide humane animal control by protecting the health, safety and well-being of citizens and animals of the County of Summit through law enforcement, compassion towards animals and promotion of responsible pet ownership.
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AnimalControlFacility(2010)The 19,494 square foot state-of-the-art Animal Control Facility opened in August of 2010. Animal Control is a high performance green facility with administrative office space, an adoption zone, an intake area, outdoor visiting space, quarantine quarters, staff locker rooms, a veterinary clinic and more. 

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ADOPTION 

Adoption services at the County of Summit Division of Animal Control are affordable, comprehensive and unique. Simply stated, the cost to adopt a dog is $94; while, the cost to adopt a cat is $60. The County of Summit Division of Animal Control accepts cash, checks and credit cards (i.e. American Express, Discover and MasterCard).

Flea treatments, intestinal de-worming and most all vaccinations are given to animals upon entering the facility; while, blood work, spay/neuter operations and vaccinations for Rabies are provided at the point of adoption.

To view photos of adoptable animals click here to be redirected to petfinder.com

Vaccinations

Dog vaccinations include: Adenovirus 2, Bordetella, Canicola, Distemper, Grippotyphosa, Icterohaemorrhagia, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus 2b, Pomona and Rabies.

Cat vaccinations include: Calicivirus, Chlamydophila, Rhinotracheitis, Panleukopenia and Rabies.

Vaccination boosters are given on an as needed basis.

COMMUNITY OUTREACH  

Representatives from Summit County Executive Russell M. Pry's Division of Animal Control welcome the opportunity to speak to youth groups, civic clubs and community organizations on issues pertaining to: animal adoptions, licensing and safety. To schedule a free speaker presentation dial (330) 643-2845.

In a continuing effort to promote our services to citizens, the Division of Animal Control consistently participates in community events that promote responsible pet ownership, such as: animal adopt-a-thons, spay-and-neutering clinics, pet-friendly outdoor art exhibits and much, much more.

DOG LICENSING  

According to the Ohio Revised Code (ORC), citizens who own, keep or harbor a dog more than three months of age are required to purchase a dog license on an annual basis.

For the nominal fee of $18, a dog license places citizens into compliance with the state law, provides citizens with proof of ownership documentation and the legal authorization to visit area dog parks and participate in pet-friendly community activities. All funds generated from the sale of dog licenses are used to feed, house and vaccinate abandoned animals in need.

Dog licenses must be renewed annually from December 1st through January 31st, or within 30 days of acquiring a new dog. Puppies must be licensed by the time they reach three months of age. Citizens who fail to meet these deadlines may be penalized with a $18 late fee. The transgression can also escalate to fines, legal citations and jail time.

Licenses for dogs providing assistance to disabled persons are free of charge and valid throughout the duration of the animal's life. Proof of training must be submitted with the application.

Dog licenses are sold at numerous locations throughout Summit County. To find the location nearest you visit the Fiscal Office at http://fiscaloffice.summitoh.net/ 

Single-Year......................$18

Three-Year......................$54

Permanent License..........$180

EUTHANASIA 

The County of Summit Division of Animal Control practices euthanasia in an effort to protect the health, safety and general well being of citizens and control the local animal population.

The County of Summit Division of Animal Control can assist you with relieving the suffering of a beloved pet. Basic prices for euthanasia services are listed below.

Dogs.............$25

Cats..............$25

Puppies..........$25

Kittens...........$25

Additional costs may be added on depending upon licensures. Miscellaneous animals are euthanized for $20. Please call for accepted animals. Skunks are not accepted.

FINDING A MISSING PET 

To find a missing pet, the County of Summit encourages citizens to visit the Division of Animal Control and personally view the dogs and cats being housed. In 2008, this hands-on process led to over 500 animals being reunited with their owners.

In order to redeem a lost pet, a valid form of state identification must be presented. Fees associated with providing food, housing, vaccinations must be paid in full before leaving the facility with your pet. If a citizen is redeeming a dog, a license must me purchased.

Time is of the essence when locating a missing pet. The Division of Animal Control operates under the strict policy of holding licensed animals for 14 days before evaluating the pet for adoption; whereas, non-licensed animals are evaluated after three days.

Dogs and cats brought to the Division of Animal Control are immediately examined for owner identification materials (i.e. a dog license, a name tag and/or a microchip). If ownership data is discovered, our staff immediately notifies the registered owner and the redemption process is set in motion.

Missing Pet Reports may be filed with the Division of Animal Control in person or over the phone by calling (330) 643-2845.

PROGRAMS 

EVENTS 

Adopt-A-Thon
December 16th-19th, 2013 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
at the Summit County Animal Control Facility (250 Opportunity Parkway, Akron)

Photograph Gallery

F.A.Q.

IS MY DOG ALLOWED TO RUN LOOSE?

No, dogs are not permitted to run loose.  Dogs must be physically confined or restrained upon the premises of the owner by a leash, tether, adequate fence or secure enclosure to prevent escape.  When outside these boundaries, dogs must be leashed and under the immediate control of some person.  These conditions apply except for when a dog is lawfully engaged in hunting or training purposes and is accompanied by the registered owner. Codified Ordinance 88-360, Section 505.02. (A)

IF MY DOG DAMAGES OR DESTROYS PROPERTY, AM I LIABLE?

Yes, the owner of any dog that damages or destroys property (public or private) shall be held liable for the full value of the property damaged or destroyed.  Codified Ordinance 88-360, Section 505.53 (A)

IS THERE A LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF DOGS THAT I CAN OWN IN SUMMIT COUNTY?

Zoning restrictions limiting the number of dogs that can be owned by a citizen vary in every community.  To assure that you are in compliance with the law, contact a local government representative.

AM I LEGALLY REQUIRED TO PICK-UP MY DOG EXCREMENT?

Yes, owners that allow their dogs to discard urine or excrement on any public or private sidewalk must immediately pick-up and properly dispose of such urine or excrement.  Codified Ordinance 88-360, Section 505.12 (B)

ARE DOGS ALLOWED TO ENTER STORES?

The only dogs allowed to enter stores are guide dogs registered under Ohio Revised Code 955.011.  No person shall take, lead or have a dog in their possession upon entering a store or covered mall except for when proceeding to a specific store or clinic for animals located within the structure. Codified Ordinance 88-360, Section 505.11 (A)

WHAT IS NUISANCE DOG?

The County of Summit defines a nuisance dog as an animal that: create offensive odors or unsanitary conditions; disturbs the peace and good order of the county by frequent and habitual barking, howling, yelping or any other unreasonably loud and disturbing noises; molests, menaces or interferes with persons in the public right of way; scatters refuse that is bagged or otherwise contained in trash receptacles; and damages any public or private property.  Codified Ordinance 88-360, Section 505.05 (A 1-5)

HOW DO I REPORT A NUISANCE DOG?

Contact the County of Summit Division of Animal Control at (330) 643-2845 to report a nuisance dog not residing in the municipalities listed below:

Akron Animal Warden
(330) 375-2320 or 311
Barberton Police
(330) 745-2181
Cuyahoga Falls Police
(330) 928-2181
Stow Police
 
(330) 689-5700
Twinsburg Police
 
(330) 425-1234
Richfield Police
(330) 659-2831

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO IF YOU SUSPECT CRUELTY TOWARD A DOG OR ANOTHER ANIMAL?

If you suspect any type of animal cruelty in Summit County contact the Humane Society of Greater Akron at 330-487-0333.  A representative from the agency will investigate the issue and take the appropriate action.  Reports of animal cruelty can also be made to local law enforcement agencies.

VOLUNTEER 

Informational Packet

LINKS 

Adoptable Animals

The Humane Society of Greater Akron

ASPCA

Petfinder.com

Pet Guards Shelter

The Ohio Pet Fund

One of a Kind Pets

Golden Treasures

Paws and Prayers

Friends of Pets

Heaven Can Wait

Pay It Forward For Pets, Inc.

PARTNERSHIPS    

The County of Summit Division of Animal Control is a proud member of the Summit Animal Coalition (SAC), an animal welfare group made up of the following organizations: 

Friends of Pets
Golden Treasures
Golden Retrievers in Need
Humane Society of Greater Akron
One-of-a-Kind Pet Rescue
Pet Guards
Paws & Prayers
Paws with Pride

NATIONAL 

On the national level, the County of Summit Division of Animal Control serves as a proud partner of Petfinder and as an official source facility for the PetSmart Charities® Rescue Waggin'® program.

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