Animal Control

Dog Registration

Cuyahoga County requires all dogs to be licensed. Information is available online at the Cuyahoga County Auditor’s Office or by phone at (216) 443-7028. Ohio Law requires owners of dogs to renew their dog license each year between December 1st and January 31st. The cost of a one year license is $20. Also available are three year licenses for $60 and permanent licenses for $200. Permanent dog licenses can only be purchased via mail-in registration or in person at the downtown location.

It is required by law to register Pit Bulls, Canary Dogs, American Bulldogs, Wolf- Hybrids and vicious animals with the City of North Olmsted. A $50, non-refundable, annual fee is required for registration along with $100,000 insurance requirement, posting of signs and containment requirements.

Read more here: Section 505.16 of the Codified Ordinances


Requests for Assistance

Examples of situations where you can call the Service Department for assistance, (440) 716-4151:
  1. If your dog runs away first call the Service Department at 440-716-4151 and describe your pet. Your dog may be in our kennel or being held by another resident and the Service Department will be happy to facilitate your reunion. The Service Department has a temporary holding kennel for dogs. Dogs placed in the kennel between Sunday and Wednesday will be held for up to 72 hours. If not claimed within 72 hours, the dogs will be placed with the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter. Dogs found between Thursday and Saturday will be directly placed with the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter. The Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter will kennel dogs for 72 hours (3 days) and if not claimed, will put the animal up for adoption.

  2. AFTER HOURS (after 4:00 pm) & WEEKENDS call the Police Department Non-emergency number 440-777-3535
  3. Dead animal in the roadway

Examples of situations where you can call the Police Department, (440) 777-3535:
  1. Barking dog complaint- call the North Olmsted Police Department while it is happening and an officer will respond
  2. Dog is at large running in and out of traffic
  3. A deer or other animal has been struck by a car and is still alive and suffering
  4. A raccoon, opossum, skunk, rabbit, etc. are obviously sick or injured and acting unusually and are in sight at the time
Examples of situations of some issues that are NOT handled by the Service Department or the Police Department:
  1. Deer, groundhogs, rabbits are eating your garden or landscaping
  2. Skunks or moles are digging up your lawn
  3. A raccoon or opossum has nested in your chimney or the eaves of your house or garage
  4. A groundhog, skunk, rabbit or chipmunk has burrowed/nested on your property
  5. A hornet or yellow jacket has nested on your property

A Wildlife Management Company can help you with your issue.

A Coyote is in Your Backyard.  What should you do?

Call Ohio Division of Wildlife at 1-800-WILDLIFE (945-3543)

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Animal Bites & Exposure Incident

State and local regulations require that all animals bites, scratches and rabies exposure incidents be reported to the local health department within a 24-hour period. Health care providers are required by state law to report animal bites to the Cuyahoga County Board of Health. If you did not seek medical treatment, call the Cuyahoga County Board of Health at (216) 201-2000. The Cuyahoga County Board of Health will follow up with the victim, notify the pet owner and monitor in-home quarantine of the offending pet.

For additional resources please visit the Cuyahoga County Board of Health at 

Summary of Ordinances

505.08 Nuisance Conditions Prohibited

505.081 Material to Remove Dog Feces

505.16 Vicious and Dangerous Animals

5200 Dover Center Road
North Olmsted, OH 44070

City Hall Hours | Weekdays 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

(440) 777-8000

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