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Animal Control & Pet Regulations

Pet Regulations

Animal Control

Stray and Feral Cats

Wildlife Trapping
 

Rodent Control

Pet Regulations

dog leash signDuty to Keep Confined - It shall be unlawful for any owner of any dog to permit the dog to go beyond the premises of such owner unless restrained by a chain or leash and under the reasonable control of some person.

Barking Dog - No person shall harbor or keep any dog which, by loud or frequent or habitual barking, yelping or howling, shall cause a serious annoyance to the neighborhood, or to people passing on the street.dog leash streetscape - Copy

License Required - All dogs and cats four months old or over must have a license. All dogs and cats shall be immunized against rabies, prior to issuance of a license.

Sanitation - It shall be unlawful for any person to permit any animal owned or harbored by him to deposit fecal matter in any place other than the premises where the animal is harbored or kept, unless such fecal matter is immediately collected and removed to the premises where the animal is harbored or kept.

It shall be unlawful for any person to walk any animal on any property not owned by such person, whether public or private, unless such person has an appropriate device for the collection of fecal matter in his immediate possession and an appropriate depository for the transmission of fecal matter to the premises where the animal is harbored or kept.

If you have any other questions regarding the Animal Ordinance you may call the Police Department at 248.530.1889 or the City Clerks office at 248.530.1880


Animal Control
To report a stray dog, contact the Birmingham Police Department Communications Center at 248.530.1889. Wild animals on private property are the responsibility of the homeowner, unless the animal is sick or injured. For private property animal complaints, you may contact your preferred animal control services provider or A & D Animal Control at 248.693.7966.  

Stray domestic animals will be housed for five calendar days at Gasow Veterinary Hospital, 36877 Woodward Avenue, Birmingham, 48009, you may contact Gasow Veterinary Hospital at 248.644.7171.

The procedure for release of impounded animals is as follows:

  1. Owner must report to Birmingham Police Department (151 Martin Street) and show proof of the animal’s valid license. A $25.00 impound fee will be assessed for the first offense and $50.00 for the second offense in the same year. A receipt will be provided to the animal owner.
  2. The receipt will be taken to Gasow Veterinary Hospital during the following business hours:
    • Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    • Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    • Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

*All boarding fees and necessary medical charges will be paid to Gasow by the animal owner at time of release.

What can you do about Stray and Feral Cats?

Many articles published recently have discussed the issue of how man’s best friend, the dog, fits into our community.  However, we should not forget about our other four-legged friend, the cat.  There are two basic types of cats, domestic and feral.  A domestic cat is a cat that lives indoors with a family and all its life sustaining needs are met by that family (food, water, shelter).  A feral cat is a descendant of a domesticated cat that has returned to the wild. It is distinguished from a stray cat, which is a pet cat that has been lost or abandoned, while feral cats are born in the wild.  The offspring of a stray cat can be considered feral if born in the wild.  Generally, humans are unable to touch or handle a feral cat because they are so wild. 

The Birmingham Police Department, just like with dogs, will pick up stray and feral cats that have been reasonably contained for transport.  A cat crate, live trap or box will work as long as the cat is contained. 

Also, as stated above, the Birmingham Police Department has an agreement with Gasows Veterinarian Clinic that gives any resident the option to take a domesticated stray to Gasows, contained or not, during the listed business hours: 

  • Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

To have a contained stray or feral cat picked up by the Birmingham Police Department contact our dispatch center at (248) 530-1870. For more information concerning how to deal with stray or feral cats, contact the Michigan Humane Society at 248-852-7420 or visit their website at http://www.michiganhumane.org. The police department can also provide any resident with the name and telephone number of several local private animal control companies to assist in dealing with feral cats. 


Wildlife Trapping
To trap or remove wild or nuisance animals, residents should contact a private animal control service. There are several companies who have worked successfully in the City of Birmingham and surrounding areas for a number of years. They include: A&D Animal Control (248) 693.7966, A & M Animal Control (248) 240-5265, and Critter Control (734) 397.4800.