Upper St. Clair Township

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Animal Control

The Township of Upper St. Clair participates in a joint animal control program with Mt. Lebanon, Dormont, Scott Township, Green Tree, Whitehall, Castle Shannon, Heidelberg, Carnegie, Rosslyn Farms, Baldwin Township, Pennsbury Village, Bethel Park and Baldwin Borough.

Animal Control officers are on duty seven days per week, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Mon- Fri) and 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Sat - Sun). They also provide emergency service 24-hours per day, at the request of Police Officers.

Upper St. Clair residents can call the Police Department for animal control service, to report animals running at large, to enforce nuisance animal regulations, and to report injured or killed animals.

The emergency AND non-emergency number for this service is 412-833-7500.

Clair's Kennel
Clair's Kennel, located at the rear of the Municipal Building, provides a temporary home for wandering pets. 

Returning pets to their proper owner and finding homes for unclaimed animals are priorities for Animal Control officers. Anyone having any information please contact Animal Control thru Upper St. Clair Police Dispatch at 412-833-7500 (Upper St. Clair Residents ONLY) or County Dispatch 412-279-6911 (for non-Upper St. Clair Residents).

Go to the Animal Control Facebook page by clicking HERE to see up-to-date information about found domestic animals and other helpful resources.

Township Animal Control Code
Chapter 41 of the Township Code deals with animals. It addresses animals running at large, defines public nuisance animals, restrictions on farm animals, and the functions of the animal control officers. Chapter 41 of the Township Code is available at:

  • the Upper St. Clair Reception Desk
  • the Upper St. Clair Library or
  • Online here

Pet Licenses
There are two licenses required for dogs: Allegheny County and Upper St. Clair.

Pennsylvania law requires owners to obtain dog licenses by January 1 of each year. Violations can result in fines up to $300 per day. To be in compliance with this law, dog owners must obtain the Allegheny County License by January 1 of each year.

The Allegheny County application is available at:

The Upper St. Clair license, which should be obtained by January 15 of each year, is a "Pet License." Chapter 41 of the Township Code defines a pet as "any dog, cat or other domesticated animal kept for pleasure rather than utility."

The Upper St. Clair license application is available at:

  • the Upper St. Clair Reception Desk
  • Online here 
There is no charge for the Upper St. Clair license but proof of rabies vaccination is required.