Animal Control

The Street Department in conjunction with the Police Department enforces the city’s animal control ordinance. Dogs should be kept inside, on a leash or confined in a fence. Dogs reported as being dangerous, stray or a public nuisance are subject to being picked up by Street Department animal control personnel. Dogs picked up are immediately taken to Oak View Veterinary Clinic. Dog owners will be responsible for paying all charges for care and boarding of their dog. The Street Department also picks up deceased animals from city streets and provides assistance for wounded animals.

Animal control personnel can be reached by calling the Street Department at (205) 620-6416 from 7:00 A.M.- 3:30 P.M. Emergency animal control calls after normal working hours should be made to the Police Department at (205) 620-6550.

Alabama Wildlife Center at Oak Mountain State Park
Wildlife Hotline #: 621-3333. The wildlife hotline receives nearly 4,000 calls annually about a wide variety of wildlife issues. Staffed for 13 hours a day (from 8am to 9pm), 365 days a year, the hotline provides free advice and information to concerned Alabamians on how to deal with all kinds of wildlife problems and emergencies such as: how to reunite baby animals with their parents, what to do when an injured, sick or orphaned animal is found, how to handle nuisance situations humanely and how to provide temporary emergency care for a wild animal in need. When you call the hotline you leave a message with your name, number & description of the situation and a hotline staff member will usually be able to call back within 30 minutes.