The mission of the Animal Control Program is to protect life and property of the citizens of the City of Brunswick in regards to animal control. This is done by maintaining a humane and orderly control of all animals taken into the care of the Animal Control Officer (ACO). ACOs investigate animal complaints, provide education to the public, enforce laws/ordinances pertaining to animals and pets. He/she provides care to animals in their custody and testifies in court as needed.
In 2005 ACO Mike Kellums was hired full time and has contributed to the improvement of the program. A second part time staff person also handles calls for services received from the public. An increase in enforcement action is the most noticeable change in 2005. Totals for years to come are expected to remain along the same lines as 2005. A new Animal Control Building was built in early 2006.
In 2003 the Animal Control Operation became part of the Division Of Police. Numerous changes in the program have been implemented in 2004 and 2005. Some of these changes include report writing, tracking activity by CAD, uniform change and radio assignments. Tracking activity by CAD has allowed the program to become more efficient and accurate.
In conclusion, the Animal Control Program has become a very professional group. In part through the support of the administration and dedicated commitment of personnel to fulfill the needs of the community.
Lost and found animals
What to do if your pet becomes lost:
- As soon as you discover your pet is missing, contact Animal Control at 330-225-9111. Give a detailed description of your pet including its name; the date, time and address the pet went missing; and a phone number where you can be reached. If possible, walk your neighborhood looking for your pet asking anyone if they have seen it. If your pet returns home, please contact Animal Control and let them know.
- If you find or see a loose pet, contact Animal Control at 330-225-9111 as soon as possible. If the animal is non-aggressive you can keep it until Animal Control can pick it up. If the animal is running loose, give a detailed description, location last seen and direction of travel.
- If your animal is picked up running loose, it will be taken to the Animal Control Building for safe keeping. If the animal has ID, a county dog tag or microchip, you will be notified as soon as possible and your animal will be returned to you. If the animal has no identification, a description will be kept in Police dispatch and posted on the City's cable channel and web site.
- Brunswick Animal Control does not accept animals from other cities, townships, etc. If you find a animal outside the City you can call Animal Control at 330-225-9111 and leave a description and also contact the Medina County Pound at 330-725-9121.
- Brunswick Animal Control does not accept surrendered animals. If you need to give up your animal you may contact us for assistance in finding it a new home. You can also contact the Medina County Pound and surrender the animal to them for disposition.
The City of Brunswick has a unique setting with an abundance of wildlife to enjoy. However we do run into situations where the wildlife becomes a nuisance. Through education and management we can control and enjoy our wildlife.
- Seal off sheds and decks with hardware cloth or chicken wire. It should be installed 6 inches into the ground to keep animals from burrowing.
- Don’t leave or store garbage outside.
- Treat your lawn for grubs: they are the main source of food for skunks, and raccoons like them too.
- Remove any rotten wood from wood piles -- they attract insects and worms -- and keep woodpiles 6" off the ground.
- Limit bird feeding and clear the surrounding area of loose seed daily. Remember wild animals love a free meal.
- Make sure your chimney has a cap. inspect the soffit for breaches and repair as soon as possible. Raccoons are known to set up homes in attics and chimneys.
- Trapping is only a temporary solution, and actually promotes animal activity. Please note according to City Ordinance 618.19 Hunting and Trapping; residents may use their own trap; however they must first notify Animal Control before trapping or could be issued a citation. Please note residents are responsible for their own trap and must follow State regulation 1501:31-15-03.
Sick or injured wildlife:
- If you come across a sick or injured animal, do not approach or try to handle it. Contact Animal Control as soon as possible. If the sick or injured animal is a threat to persons or domestic animals, advise Police dispatch.
Brunswick Animal Control has many dogs and cats come through our system every year. Many are lost and found and are returned to their owners. However some are not and are placed up for adoption. If you are interested in adopting a forever pet, please contact us at 330-225-9111. If we don’t have any animals available we can refer you to a local organization that does. Also check out BAT-TV and the City's web site for all animals available. Brunswick Animal Control boasts a very high adoption rate and the friendliest animals around.