Animal Control

South Hills Cooperative Animal Control

(shcac@comcast.net)

Who are we? As the name implies we are a cooperative animal control agency supplying animal services, for both domestic animals and wildlife, for eight communities located in the South Hills area of Allegheny County. The communities involved with the coop are; Castle Shannon, Dormont, GreenTree, Heidelberg, Mt Lebanon, Scott Township, Upper St Clair, and Whitehall.

South Hills Cooperative Animal Control (SHCAC) is administered through the Mt Lebanon Police Department under the supervision of Lt. Aaron Lauth. Our business office is located in the Mt Lebanon Public Safety Building at; 555 Washington Road, Mt Lebanon, Pennsylvania 15228. Our kennel facility known as Clair’s Kennel is a short term limited occupancy facility located in Upper St Clair Township at the rear of the municipal building at: 1820 McLaughlin Run Road, Upper St Clair, Pennsylvania 15241.

SHCAC has four full time Animal Control Officers offering service 7 days a week, including Holidays. Animal Control Officers receive training and qualifications through the National Animal Control Association (NACA) a leader in animal control procedures and practices. NACA offers a wide range of course instruction covering subjects such as Animal Behavior, Animal Diseases & Zoonosis, Capture Techniques. Shelter Operations and Laws and Legal Proceedings. In addition all Animal Control Officers are certified in the proper and ethical administering of euthanasia drugs used for domestic animals. SHCAC Officers attend Pennsylvania Humane Police Officer’s training for law enforcement held in Harrisburg and animal husbandry at Penn State University at State College Pennsylvania.

Animal Control Officers can be called on via Allegheny County dispatch on the non emergency phone number (412) 279 6911, this is the preferred method of contact by the general public. County dispatch will in turn contact animal control via radio. Township and Police personnel can contact Animal Control directly via the duty cell phones, main cell number (412) 951 3647 and alternate cell (412) 951 7710. The (412) 951 3647 is our primary cell, if an officer is on duty they will answer this number. Additionally a caller may leave us a voice mail message which we will respond to.

Our current staff of four full time animal control officers are:

Tony Capozzoli, (acapozzoli@mtlebanon.org) / Don Cooley, (dcooley@mtlebanon.org) Roy Hayward (shcac@comcast.net) and Dave Lehman (dlehman@mtlebanon.org)