White Snake

Inside the Law: Animal Control

October 11, 2018 - 3:15 am

By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions​

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- When should you call animal control? 
Two women brought a box containing a 6-foot-long white snake they’d found slithering down the road into a police station in Northumbria, England. 

I have questions. Was the white snake singing "Here I go again on my own?" Had it been "going down the only road it’s ever known?" Was either woman Stacy’s mom, who’s got it going on? Either way, the legal is, when should you call animal control?  

Animal control agencies are those charged with responding to requests for help with wild or dangerous animals or those in distress. Virtually every municipality has regulations on the tasks the agency performs, but, in general, the services are divided into emergency services that involve immediate threats to the public or the animal, like an animal that is hit by a car, a dog bite in progress, a rabid animal or the like. 

If the animal control agency is closed and you have an emergency, call 911. For non-emergency animal issues like lost pets, dead animals on the side of a road, or violation of city ordinances, go onto the township website to find the nonemergency number so they can come and get it during business hours.