The Animal Control Section of the San Leandro Police Department handles concerns regarding problem animals encountered by residents within the City of San Leandro. Generally, the City can respond to complaints regarding problem domestic animals.
In the past, the City responded to complaints about wild animals and provided citizens with traps for animal capture. Within the last several years, the state Department of Fish & Game has issued a directive informing local public safety agencies that they are no longer to assist residents in the trapping and relocation of wild animals. Instead, agencies have been directed to advise residents of alternative ways of handling problem wild animals, such as not leaving food out in the open around residences, particularly after dusk. Residents who choose to trap nuisance-causing wild animals on their own can do so by following the requirements set forth in the Department of Fish & Game's Code and Regulations.
Some residents report occasional problems with stray animals harming domesticated pets. To avoid these situations, the San Leandro police department advises residents to bring pets indoors at night if at all possible (or leave a light on when a pet must be left outdoors at night) and to remove any food from outdoor areas around the home that might attract stray or wild animals. Also, residents should use caution if they encounter any unfamiliar animal acting aggressively.
San Leandro currently has a dangerous dog ordinance as part of its Municipal Code under section 4-11-6. To report stray dogs or wild animals, residents should call the Police Department's non-emergency line at (510) 577-2740.
In June 2005, the City moved its animal shelter services from Hayward to Fremont as a cost-saving measure. The City of Fremont will now provide shelter services for strays or lost animals found in San Leandro without appropriate identification at their Tri-City Shelter, located at located at 1950 Stevenson Boulevard in Fremont.
To help animal control officers return lost pets more easily and minimize the chances pet owners will need to travel to Fremont to retrieve pets, residents are reminded that all dogs must be licensed and wear proper tags. Licenses may be obtained from the Finance Department Cashier station on the first floor of San Leandro City Hall or by mailing a copy of your dog(s) rabies certificate(s) and appropriate payment to City of San Leandro, Attention: Dog Licenses, 835 E. 14th Street, San Leandro, CA 94577. Additional information is available by calling (510) 577-2740 or by clicking here for Finance Department hours of operation.
If your dog gets loose, be sure to call the Police Department's Animal Control Office at (510) 577-2740 with a description as soon as possible. You may also search to see if your pet is currently at the Fremont Shelter by logging onto www.petharbor.com. The Tri-City Animal Shelter is also accessible by clicking here. The shelter is located at 1950 Stevenson Boulevard in Fremont. The phone number is (510) 790-6640. Hours are: Tuesdays through Fridays, noon-5:00 p.m., and Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Emergencies come in many forms, and they may require anything from a brief absence from your home to permanent evacuation. Each type of disaster requires different measures to keep your pets safe. The best thing you can do for yourself and your pets is to be prepared. The San Leandro Police Department recommends that pet owners take a moment and read about disaster preparedness on the ASPCA website for more info.