Animal Control

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The Animal Control division serves the public by responding to and investigating animal complaints regarding stray or unwanted dogs and cats in York County. The department also monitors rabies vaccinations in domestic animals. This service is provided under the authority of local and state regulations.

The department operates a shelter to house animals that have been picked up in violation of the leash law and for animals that have been released by their owners. Animals in violation of the leash law are housed for a minimum of five days prior to being eligible for adoption.  


  • Assisting public with the adoption process, including the spay/neutering of animals adopted from the shelter
  • Educating citizens on the importance of responsible pet ownership and the importance of spaying or neutering pets
  • Picking up and process suspected rabies carriers that have had known contact with an individual or their pet
  • Picking up unwanted, stray, or injured cats and dogs that are in violation of the leash law
  • Public Education regarding local leash laws

Updated Animal Control Ordinance 

This Office Does Not

  • Handle nuisance wildlife
  • Spay/neuter animals that are not adopted from the county's adoption center