Animal Control


Animal Control Officer P. Salvia

The City of Johnstown employs one Animal Control Officer who responds to animal control complaints during regular business hours, 8:00am-4:30pm, and emergencies as dispatched by 911.
The following sections highlight aspects of the City’s ordinances pertaining to animals.

Nuisance Violations
The following are examples of nuisance behavior:

Any animal which:
Attacks other animals.
Trespasses.
Repeatedly roams free.
Damages private or public property.
Chases, frightens, or otherwise intimidates passersby or passing vehicles.
Barks, whines, scratches, howls or makes excessive noises as to disturb or unduly annoy the public in continuous or untimely fashion.
Creates an unsanitary condition of obnoxious or foul odors.
For more information on PA Dog Law contact the Department of Agriculture. (717)-787-3062 or at www.agriculture.state.pa.us

Dog and Cat Regulations:

DOGS

Your dog must have a county license when it reaches 3 months of age.
Dog licenses can be obtained from the County Treasurer’s office. They are also available in the City of Johnstown at the following locations: Animal Jacks, Gittler’s, The Corner Drug Store, or the Cambria County Humane Society.
You must have proof of your dogs’ current rabies vaccination. Rabies vaccinations are required by PA state law at 3 months of age.
Dogs are not permitted to run unleashed on public streets, sidewalks, other public places or other people’s property.
If you are walking your dog, it must be on a leash or chain not more than 6 feet in length. (exception retractable leash)
Refer to “Nuisance Violations” Johnstown City Ordinance "Chapter 614" section regarding barking, defecation and digging.



CATS

Cats do not need licenses.
You must have proof of your cats’ current rabies vaccination. Rabies vaccinations are required by PA state law at 3 months of age.
Cats that stray from the owner’s property are subject to being seized or trapped by the City’s animal control.

STRAY ANIMALS

Any dogs or cats running loose will be picked up and impounded by the City of Johnstown Animal Control.
For licensed dogs: the owner will be contacted and the animal will be held for 10 days at the City kennel or taken to the Cambria County Humane Society. The owner may claim his animal after paying costs and fees to the City for pick-up and care of the animal.
Animals may be adopted or destroyed after 10 days following the notification of the owner.

For unlicensed dogs: the animal will be held at the City kennel or taken to the Cambria County Humane Society.
Animals taken to the Cambria County Humane Society will be held for a 48 hour period before they may be placed up for adoption.
The City does not provide animals to anyone for medical research.

If you would like to report an animal for any of the above issues contact the Animal Control Officer:
at (814) 536-4873 or Email: Animal Control Officer