City ordinance prohibits the possession of more than 3 cats or 3 dogs, except kittens or puppies under 3 months old. The city of Tuscaloosa has several ordinances
about animals, but the following are a general overview about the responsibility of owners.
To report violations city ordinances pertaining to animals and their well-being, get directed to the appropriate office by calling Tuscaloosa’s 311.
- Provide sufficient food for your pet for good health; keep all food receptacles clean and sanitary.
- Provide sufficient water at least once a day for your pet that for good health; keep all water receptacles clean and sanitary.
- Provide shelter big enough for your pet with at least 3 sides, a roof, and is moisture-proof and wind-proof. Clean the shelter on a regular basis
- Do not tether, chain, or tie your dog to stationary objects, unless:
- owner present and for no longer than 60 minutes
- using a nonchoke-type collar and tether is at least 10’ long and free from entanglement
- dog has access to food, water and shelter
Maintain control over your animal(s) to prevent damage, inconvenience, annoyance or alarm to others.
- Prevent pet from damaging another’s property including landscaping.
- Do not allow pet to repeatedly chase, attack, bark, snap at pedestrians, or other people or pets on their own property.
- Continuous barking, or barking that occurs the majority of a 10-minute period, is prohibited.
- Keep dogs on a leash when off your own property. Even if unaware, having your dog at large violates city ordinance.
Remove any pet waste your pet leaves on public property.