Pets can be a big responsibility! The city of Tuscaloosa has several ordinances about animals, but the following are a general overview about what animal owners are responsible for:

  • Providing food for your pet that is sufficient for good health; all food receptacles must be clean and sanitary.
  • Providing water at least once a day for your pet that is sufficient for good health; all water receptacles must be clean and sanitary.
  • Providing shelter big enough for your pet that has at least 3 sides, a roof, and is moisture-proof and wind-proof. The shelter must be cleaned on a regular basis.

Pet owners must maintain control over their animals in such a way that prevents damage, inconvenience, annoyance or alarm to others.

  • Pets cannot cause damage to another property including landscaping.
  • Pets cannot repeatedly chase, attack, bark, snap at pedestrians, or other people or pets on their own property.

City ordinance prohibits the possession of more than 3 cats or 3 dogs, except kittens or puppies under 3 months old.

Dogs must be on a leash when they are off your own property. Dogs at large are a violation of city ordinance, even if you are unaware that they are loose.

Dogs cannot be tethered, chained, or tied to stationary objects, unless:

  • The owner is present and the dog cannot be tethered for longer than 60 minutes
  • A nonchoke-type collar is used and the tether is at least 10’ long and free from entanglement
  • The dog must have access to food, water and shelter while tethered

Continuous barking is prohibited. “Continuous” is defined by the city as barking that occurs for the majority of any given 10-minute period.

You are responsible for removing any pet waste that your pet leaves on public property, and city sidewalks or streets.

To report violations of any city ordinances pertaining to animals and their well-being, please call Tuscaloosa’s 311 to be directed to the appropriate office.