The Silver Lake Police Department no longer picks up lost, abandoned or stray animals. However, Summit County Animal Control Department provides services to residents of Summit County with animal related concerns. Residents finding dogs and cats can drop them off at the shelter located at 250 Opportunity Parkway, Akron, Ohio. This is a free service offered to Silver Lake residents. Please contact them at (330) 643-2845 for hours of service and directions.
The Village of Silver Lake Ordinances provide guidelines on animal ownership and responsibility:
505.04 ANNUAL REGISTRATION OF DOGS; TAGS REQUIRED.
(a) Except for guide dogs registered under Ohio R.C. 955.011 and dogs kept by an institution or organization for teaching and research purposes under Ohio R.C. 955.16, no person shall own, keep or harbor a dog more than three months of age without annually registering such dog with the County Auditor. Failure of any dog at any time to wear a valid registration tag shall be prima-facie evidence of lack of registration and subject such dog to impounding and disposition as provided by Ohio R.C. 955.16.
505.02 DOGS AND OTHER ANIMALS RUNNING AT LARGE.
(a) No person being the owner or having charge of any fowl or animal shall permit such fowl or animal to run at large upon any public place, or upon any unenclosed lands, or upon the premises of another. The owner or person having charge of every animal shall at all times keep such animal either confined upon the premises of the owner or keeper, or under reasonable control of some person.
505.13 DEFECATION AS A NUISANCE.
(a) No person being the owner or in charge or control of any animal shall permit such animal to defecate upon any public land or any private land other than the land where the owner or person in charge of such animal resides.
(b) The owner or person in charge or control of any animal which defecates on any such prohibited land shall immediately clean such and cause its removal to a proper receptacle.
(c) The owner or person in charge of any animal shall keep the property where he resides in a clean and sanitary condition by regularly removing the defecation of his animal to prevent accumulations.
(d) The terms of this section shall not apply to any animal which has been expressly invited to enter upon private property by notification to the owner or keeper of such animal.
(e) The defecation of any animal is hereby declared to be a nuisance, creating an unsanitary and unhealthful condition, causing an accumulation of insects and bacteria, and in violation of the regulations of this section, is hereby declared to be unlawful and a misdemeanor.
(f) Whoever violates this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor.
(Ord. 4-1989. Passed 1-16-89.)
Residents are asked to call the Village of Silver Lake Street Department at (330) 923-5233 to report animals that have been killed in Village streets so that they may be safely handled and removed from the street.
Residents with questions regarding removal of wild animals including; squirrels, bats, and raccoons may contact a private service. The Police Department cannot recommend any private vendor. There are several companies located in the phone book under Animal Removal Services.
If you have concerns about animal abuse or neglect contact the Humane Society at (330) 487-0333.
You may download a complete copy of the Village ordinance related to animal control.