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Lost or Found Animals in the Borough

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Please note that we are not Humane Police Officers or dog catchers. We are not obligated to handle lost/missing pet calls, however, we are happy to assist if we are available.

If you have lost your pet, you may contact our Department's Administrative Office and provide a description and area in which the pet went missing. If it is after our regular business hours, please call the Butler County Dispatch Non-Emergency line at 724-287-7769.  Either Butler County Dispatch or our Office staff will alert the on-duty officers of the missing animal and a missing animal report will be completed. We also recommend contacting the Butler County Humane Society and posting the animal on Social Media.

If you have found a lost animal we recommend that you contact the Butler County Humane Society. Some local vets may be willing to scan the animal for a microchip which may contain the owner's information. You may also contact our Department during regular business hours and one of our officers may be able to assist you. If it is after our regular business hours, you may contact the Butler County Dispatch Non-Emergency at 724-287-7769. 

If you found a dog and the dog has a Butler County Dog License affixed to his/her collar, you may search the Butler County License web site for the owner's information.

If you found a dog and the dog has a Rabies tag affixed to his/her collar, you may contact the vet that is listed on the rabies tag and provide them with the tag number and they may be able to obtain the owner's information.

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Resources for Pet Owners

It is highly recommend that your pet wears a collar with YOUR contact information. You will be reunited with your pet much quicker if your information is readily available! 

It is also highly recommend that you get your pet microchipped. It is very affordable and a great aid in reuniting lost pets! Be sure to properly register the microchip after your pet gets microchipped.

What are the Pennsylvania Dog Laws?

  • All dogs three months of age or older must be licensed.  Licenses are issued by the County Treasurer. You can also get licenses at the following locations in Butler County: Dog License Agents

  • All dogs must be under control and must not be allowed to run at large.  Dogs are personal property, and owners are responsible for damages caused by their dog.

  • It is illegal to mistreat or abuse any animal.  Violations should be reported to a local humane organization or the police.

  • It is illegal to abandon or attempt to abandon any dog.

  • No dog under eight weeks of age may be sold, traded, bartered or transferred.

  • You may not place any poison or harmful substance in any place where dogs may easily eat it, whether it is your own property or elsewhere.

  • You must have a current kennel license if you operate a facility that keeps, harbors, boards, shelters, sells, gives away or transfers a total of 26 or more dogs in any one calendar year.

  • Dogs and cats 3 months of age or older are required to have a current rabies vaccination.  It is illegal to interfere with an officer or employee of the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture engaged in enforcement of dog laws.

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