Nuisance Animals

It is against the law in York County for animals to become a public nuisance. This includes damaging property and threatening the safety of the general public. Animal Control can investigate the related complaint. If animal control officers do not witness these violations, however, they may not be able to issue a citation depending on the evidence available to them.

Handling Nuisance Animals


  1. First, talk to the owners of the animal. They may not realize the animal is creating a problem.
  2. Second, if the first step is unsuccessful, please contact Animal Control. This will allow an animal control officer to contact the owners of the animal to discuss the problem and, hopefully, correct the situation.
In addition, barking dogs bring almost daily complaints to the York County Animal Shelter, particularly in the warm weather when windows are open. Owners of barking dogs may be in violation of the County's noise ordinance. All barking dog complaints are investigated by local law enforcement agencies dependent upon their representative noise ordinances. If your dog is barking, please investigate the cause.

If you need additional information, call Animal Control at 803-628-3190.

Related Documents

Amendments to Animal Control Ordinance (Effective 9/3/19)