Common Complaints & Codified Ordinances


No owner of any animal, livestock or poultry shall permit such animal, livestock or poultry to run at large.

(a) No person shall keep or harbor any animal, livestock or poultry in the Municipality so as to create offensive odors or unsanitary conditions.

(b) No person owning, keeping or harboring any animal, livestock or poultry shall permit such animal, livestock or poultry to dig, urinate, defecate or otherwise damage any public property or private property other than the sublot or parcel owned or occupied by such owner, keeper or harborer of such animal, livestock or poultry; provided that this prohibition shall not apply to private property onto which the owner, keeper or harborer shall have permission of the owner of the private property to walk the animal, livestock or poultry, and also provided the person owning, keeping or harboring the animal, livestock or poultry shall immediately removal all feces deposited by such animal, livestock or poultry and dispose of same in a sanitary manner.

(c) No person shall keep or harbor any animal, livestock or poultry within the Municipality which, by frequent and habitual howling, yelping, barking or other activity, creates unreasonably loud and disturbing noises of such a character, intensity and duration as to disturb the peace and quiet of the community or as to annoy, disturb or endanger the comfort, repose or health of persons occupying property in the neighborhood.

(h) No person shall do any of the following 
    (1) Own, keep or harbor more than three dogs, excepting puppies under three months old, in or on the premises of any dwelling unit within the City, unless the zoning lot upon which the dogs are kept have a minimum area of 4,000 square feet for each dog kept on such zoning lot regardless of the number of persons keeping or harboring dogs on such lot. 

    (2) Regularly keep or harbor more than two dogs outside of a fully enclosed structure between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. 

    (3) Regularly keep or harbor one or more puppies under age three months outside of a dwelling unit.  

All dogs owned, kept or harbored in the City shall be licensed and registered in accordance with the laws of the State, if over three months of age.  Ohio Law requires every dog owner to renew dog licenses between December 1 and January 31 of each year. 

The owner, keeper or harborer of any dog or cat over the age of six months shall be required to have such animal currently immunized against rabies by a licensed veterinarian.  


What can I do about the stray cats in my neighborhood?
The only way to reduce the number of feral cats is to spay and neuter.  Unfortunately many pet owners allow their cats to roam outside even though it is not permitted.  Any cats able to roam freely that are not fixed WILL reproduce.  The overpopulation problem carries a hefty price tag.  Statewide, more than $50 million (largely from taxes) is spent by animal control agencies and shelters for cat-related expenses.  

Why doesn't simply removing feral cats from an area work to reduce their numbers and nuisance behavior?
There are many reasons why feral cat problems are rarely solved by efforts to trap and remove them. Feral cats live at a certain location because it offers food and shelter. If a colony is removed, some feral cats from surrounding colonies may move in to take advantage of the newly available resources. The cycle of reproduction and nuisance behavior begins all over again. If all the cats in a colony are not trapped, then the ones left behind tend to have more kittens.  In addition, more kittens will survive because there are fewer cats competing for the available food. The population will continue to increase until the level that can be supported by the available food and shelter is reached. 

Trap and remove will only result in a temporary reduction in the numbers of feral cats in a given area.  

If I stop feeding feral cats, will they go away?
The logic behind bans against feeding feral cats is that if there is no food available, the cats will go away. This is not true. Feral cats are territorial animals that can survive for weeks without food and will not easily or quickly leave their territory to search for new food sources. Instead, they tend to move closer into human habitations as they grow hungrier and more desperate. The cats will also continue to reproduce despite the effort to "starve them out," resulting in the visible deaths of many kittens.  As a result, this tends to make the situation much worse instead of improving it.

Why can't animal shelters rescue feral cats? Animal shelters already care for and try to find homes for thousands of lost, injured, abandoned and relinquished pet cats. Whether the shelter is an independent non-profit organization or is an animal care and control agency funded by the municipality, many do not have the resources to do TNR. (Trap, neuter, return)

It is difficult to accurately identify a feral cat without a holding period, yet safely caring for a feral cat in a typical shelter cage, is very stressful for a feral cat. Feral cats brought to the shelter, especially those who cannot be identified as members of a known TNR colony, are likely to be put down right away or after a mandatory holding period, if space is limited at the shelter, an adoptable cat may be put down to make room to hold a feral cat. The City of Berea’s  only resource is the Berea Animal Rescue.  Since they are a “NO-KILL” shelter, they do not have the ability to euthanize feral cats.  Without funding for a TNR program, feral cats must be re-released. 

What can I do to help feral cats?
Helping feral cats can be very rewarding.  First, you may want to look for an existing feral cat group or individuals who are practicing TNR in your area to help you learn the ropes.

If there one or more feral cats in your area that does not have a caretaker, you can become their caretaker.  Feral cat caretakers practice Trap-Neuter-Return, feed, provide shelter, monitor the cats for any problems and trap new cats that arrive.  If the new cats are feral, they are TNR’ed; if they are kittens young enough to be socialized or tame lost or abandoned pet cats, they are evaluated for adoption.


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