Animal Control

The Animal Control Unit

The Animal Control Unit provides control and enforcement services to the city, to maintain public safety and health, while ensuring animals are treated humanely.


Municipal Code for Animal Control


The City of Greenville Municipal Code includes ordinances related to animals,  including regulations for licensing, nuisance animals, impoundment, fees and penalties.
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Dog & 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 & 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 (PDF). The changes dramatically change how and when you can tether an animal outside. Learn more about tethering and alternatives available to keep your pet under your control.

Animal Emergency Clinic


864-232-1878 The emergency clinic is fully staffed after-hours emergency facility in the Greenville area, located at 393 Woods Lake Road. The Animal Emergency Clinic is open Monday - Friday from 6 p.m. - 8 a.m. The clinic is open 24 hours on weekends and holidays.

Pet Poison Helpline


The Pet Poison Helpline is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can be reached at 800-213-6680. There is a $35 per case fee charged.

Dead Animal Removal / City of Greenville


Call the Solid Waste Division at 864-467-4345, which monitors, supervises and collects residential garbage and trash. Other services include dead animal removal. If the dead animal is on private property, the property owner is responsible for removal.

Dead Animal Removal / County of Greenville


Contact the Public Services and Facilities Department at 864-467-7016 for assistance in disposal of dead animals on public property or roads. If the dead animal is on private property, the property owner is responsible for removal.

Greenville County Animal Control


Call 864-467-7595 for animal control response outside of the City Limits of Greenville.

Greenville County Animal Care Services


Call 864-467-3950 for Greenville County Animal Care Services. All animals picked up within the city limits of Greenville by City Animal Control are transported and housed at this facility for 5 days unless reclaimed.

Greenville Humane Society


The Humane Society is Located at 305 Airport Road and can be reached at 864-242-3626. The Humane Society feeds, houses and provides medical care for unwanted animals in the Greenville community. Contact them to adopt a pet needing a good home.

Wildlife Rehab of Greenville


The Wildlife Rehab center instructs callers on what to do when an injured or orphaned animal, or bird of prey is found. Wildlife Rehab of Greenville is a nonprofit, all volunteer organization dedicated to the rehabilitation and release of injured and orphaned wildlife in the 7 counties of the Upstate. You can contact them by telephone at 864-233-0339.

South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR)


The SCDNR provides help with nature and wildlife around the home, they can be contacted at 800-922-5431.

Resources


  • SCDNR Statewide Nuisance Wild Animal Control Referral List (PDF): This is a list of individuals and businesses that provide assistance with wildlife control. Wildlife Control Operators (WCO's) are listed by county. Note that like most businesses, they do charge a fee for their services.