Animal Services Enforcement
The law’s the law, and when it comes to animals, we’re it. Though animal services enforcement may not be the most popular gig, protecting the public and dealing with contentious issues such as nuisance pets or dangerous dogs is a charge and a responsibility that we take seriously. Find out about our policies
and procedures, your rights and options, and the County Statute related to animals.
Pinellas County’s 15 animal control officers work in the field, but they do not all work on the same days, so on any given day we may have 8-10 officers on the road. Sundays and after hours we only have one standby officer on call for emergencies (calls that have a police officer standing by). The animal populace exponentially outnumbers the people populace in Pinellas County. There are more than 24 cities and towns, in addition to unincorporated areas of Pinellas County, for which we provide full coverage, seven days a week.
Chapter 14 - Animals
Sec. 14-30 Public nuisance animals.
(4) Placing food or garbage, allowing the placement of food or garbage, or offering food or garbage in such a manner that it attracts cats, dogs, raccoons, coyotes or other wildlife and thereby creates a public nuisance.
Sec. 14-63 Dogs or cats at large.
(a) No dog or cat shall run at large within the county, as defined under this article. Any person who possesses, harbors, keeps, or has control or custody of any dog or cat which is running at large shall be in violation of this article, regardless of the knowledge, intent or culpability of the owner.
(b) This section shall not apply to police dogs as defined in F.S. § 843.19 when such dogs are engaged by a law enforcement agency in an official capacity, or to any dog which is actually engaged in or being trained for the sport of hunting during a legal hunting season within authorized areas and supervised by the owner.
(c) The owner of any female dog or cat in heat (estrus) which is not kept confined in a secure enclosure, such as a building, veterinary hospital, boarding kennel or closed kennel, such that the female dog or cat cannot come in contact with any male dog or cat, except when the owners of both animals intend to breed such animals, shall be deemed in violation of this article. A fenced area is not sufficient enclosure for the purpose and intent of this subsection.
(Ord. No. 92-15, § 5, 3-10-92)