The Animal Control Unit
The purpose of the Animal Control Unit is to provide animal control and enforcement services to the City of Greenville with the goal of maintaining the public safety and health regarding animals in the city and to ensure animals are treated in a humane manner.
Dog and Cat Licensing: A current metal rabies tag, issued by a licensed veterinarian within the State of South Carolina, shall be considered a license for dogs and cats within the city limits of Greenville. The tag shall at all times be attached to a collar or harness worn by the dog for which the rabies certificate and tag has been issued. In other words, your rabies tag is your pet’s license.
Leash Law and Off-Leash Area: It is a violation of the City Ordinance for a dog to run at large beyond the limits of a person’s land or the land lawfully occupied or controlled by the owner or keeper. An animal is considered under restraint when it is on the premises of its owner or keeper or when it is accompanied by its owner or keeper and under the physical control of such person by means or a leash or similar type device (i.e. rope, etc.)
Tethering Animals: Chaining and Tethering animals can be dangerous to both the animal and its owners. On November 26, 2012, the City Council approved changes to Section 4-5 of the Municipal Code. The changes dramatically change how and when you can tether an animal outside. Click here to view the changed Municipal Code. Learn more about tethering and alternatives available to keep your pet under your control. Tethering Information | Facts About Chaining
Canine Corner: The City of Greenville does have an area called "Canine Corner at Cleveland Park" where dogs are able to run off leash. The Dog Park is located at 1 Cleveland Park Dr. The many amenities of the Dog Park include: Double entrance gates to ensure dogs cannot escape, large shade trees, benches and swings for owners, canine water fountain, bags to pick up after your dog, and parking beside the South entrance. Well socialized and well behaved dogs are welcome. All dogs must have their current rabies tag securely attached to their collar before entering the Park and must abide by the City of Greenville Animal Control Ordinances (Chapter 4; Articles I, II, & III).
Wildlife Issues: Animal Control can respond to a limited variety of wildlife typically found in the city environment. Typical animals that we respond to are raccoons, opossums, injured birds and small injured animals.
If you have a small, healthy animal loose in your home, we will not be able to assist you. In these cases an exterminator will be your best choice. The smallest traps Animal Control has available are designed for cats and will not work on squirrels, chipmunks, groundhogs or rats. Again, the best choice to help you would be an exterminator.
Rabies Control: The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), Rabies Control Section is responsible for the quarantine of animals that have bitten. Greenville City Animal Control does assist Rabies Control when an animal has bitten someone in the city limits, but that is when the incident has also violated a section of the Municipal Code for animals. Dogs can either be quarantined at the City of Greenville facility or at the owner’s veterinary clinic at their own expense. If the animal is quarantined at the City’s facility, there will be a fee of $10.00 a day per animal.