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Please be respectful of your neighbors by obeying the
Please be reminded that dogs and cats running at large is a violation of Ordinance 377 (see
The City receives several calls a week complaining of dogs and cats running at large. The
City has employed an Animal Control Officer who patrols the City daily. If a dog or cat is caught,
they are taken to the County Shelter (251-574-3647). They are held for a maximum of 5 days before
they are euthanized.
This is an added expense to the City. Therefore, the City is moving forward with enforcing the
Ordinance and writing citations for owners who allow their dogs or cats to roam the streets. If you
have a complaint about a stray or unwanted animal running at large, please call the police
department (251-675-0151) and they will dispatch the Animal Control Officer to your area.
There are several agencies which can help with unwanted animals such as the Mobile County
SPCA (251-633-3531) or the Animal Rescue Foundation (251-478-9743). Both of these agencies
have non-kill shelters where dogs and cats are held until they can be adopted out.
ORDINANCE 377– SECTION 1-.42 states that “ No owner of a dog or cat shall permit such dog or
cat to run at-large at any time within the city, and any such owner who does so shall be guilty of an
offence against the city. Upon conviction of such offense, such owner shall be punished as set forth
in Section 1-14. Section 1-14 states “... a person convicted of a violation of this Code shall be
punished by a fine not exceeding $500.00, imprisonment or confinement at hard labor for a term not
exceeding six months...”
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