The Animal Control division of the Greer Police Department is responsible for enforcing legal ordinances and laws governing animals in the City.
Animal Control Officer Scott Ruttgers investigate cases of animal nuisance, abuse, and abandonment and responds to incidents reported by citizens. The division ensures the medical needs of rescued animals and prosecutes owners in the event of neglect or harm to the animals.
The City of Greer operates a kennel for the temporary holding and care of dogs collected by animal control until they can be reunited with their owner or until they are taken to Greenville County Animal Care.
The City of Greer works under contract with Greenville County Animal Care whereby dogs and cats are taken to their shelter facility if we are unable to reunite the animal with their owner.
Beginning July 1, 2023, by contract, the City of Greer will begin operating by the Greenville County Animal Care guidelines pertaining to community cats, often referred to as feral cats. If a member of our community experiences issues with a community cat, they should follow the guidelines outlined by the Greenville County Animal Care Community Cat Diversion Program in order to mitigate those issues. Greer Police Department Animal Control will no longer pick up community cats (as defined by Greenville County Animal Care) and take them to the shelter. The Greer Police Department does have a limited number of traps available for residents to borrow should they determine they would like to take a community cat to the shelter in accordance with the Community Cat Diversion Program guidelines.
City of Greer Ordinance Chapter 10 - Animals
Recodification codified through Ordinance No. 30-2022, adopted July 12, 2022