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Animal Control

The Strongsville Department of Animal Control is committed to making Strongsville a pleasant place for both people and animals to live.

If you have lost or found a pet, have questions regarding wildlife or want to report an animal concern, contact:
Chuck McCleary, Animal Control Officer
(440) 580-3180

For urgent animal-related matters, call Strongsville Police at (440) 238-7373. 

Local Animal Laws

Strongsville laws prohibit dogs from running at large. The city also has ordinances regarding barking dogs, abandoning pets, animal cruelty and other matters. Click here to see Strongsville’s animal-related ordinances.

Dog Licenses

Ohio requires all dogs to be licensed. Licenses are available through the Cuyahoga County Fiscal Office, which can be reached at (216) 443-6938.
Licenses may be purchased online, or through the mail by printing a form from the Fiscal Officer's website. There are also a number of remote sites throughout the county that are authorized to sell dog licenses. Click here for their locations.


The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife offers advice on how to keep raccoons, skunks, deer and other animals from becoming a problem.
Coyotes: If you see a coyote in your yard, don't panic. Coyotes are prevalent in all 88 Ohio counties. They are slender, have an appearance similar to a medium-sized dog and have a bushy tail, often tipped in black. If you see one, make sure small pets are indoors. Clap your hands and shout in a stern voice to scare them off.  Click here for more information on how to identify a coyote, how to keep them away and what to do if you see one.
Raccoons, squirrels, skunks, opossums and groundhogs: Wildlife can become pests in an urban setting. Click here for a quick rundown on how to keep these animals out of your yard and your garbage cans, and what to do if one ventures inside your home or gets stuck in your chimney.
Canada geese: Geese are not only messy, but can be dangerous. They can quickly lose their fear of humans and attack. Click here for some tips on how to handle geese and keep them away from your pond.
Abandoned wildlife: If you see a baby animal or nest of birds with no adult in sight, ODNR recommends that you leave it alone. Often, a mother animal leaves her babies while she searches for food. Click here for more information on how to handle situations involving young wildlife.
Wildlife officer: The ODNR Wildlife District Office for Northeast Ohio can be reached at (330) 644-2291.