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The Greenville Animal Protective Services Unit operates within the Greenville Police Department. Duties include enforcing the City of Greenville's Animal Ordinances (see Chapter 12), educating the public on proper animal control responsibilities, and investigating animal cruelty, dog bites/animal attacks, and vicious dogs.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Greenville Animal Protective Services Unit is to promote responsible pet ownership and animal welfare. We strive to provide quality service to the citizens, while dedicating ourselves to improving the co-existence of animals and humans.

Leash Law

The City of Greenville has a 24-hour leash law. Every person owning or keeping a dog must keep it on his/her premises. Dogs are permitted off the owner's property if the dog is on a leash or under some other means of physical control. Dogs found running at large will be picked up and taken to the Animal Shelter on County Home Road. Owners will be cited and fined for these violations. To report a dog running at large or other animal problems, call 252.329.4387 or 252.329.4315.

Lost Pets or Animals Picked Up by Animal Protective Services

If your pet is lost, call Greenville Animal Protective Services at 252.329.4387. We will log your pet in our missing pet database, and we will also patrol your neighborhood for your lost pet when feasible. Chances are, we may already have your pet or have spoken to someone who has found your pet.

All the pets we rescue are posted on Petango: http://www.petango.com/gpdaps  

Please visit the Animal Protective Services Facebook page for more valuable information: GPD Lost and Found Pets

In addition to contacting us about your lost pet, you should also contact the Pitt County Animal Shelter at 252.902.1725 to see if someone took your pet there. Please do not hesitate, because space at the Pitt County Animal Shelter is limited and state law only requires the shelter to hold a stray animal for 72 hours.

Remember to put an ID tag along with the Rabies tag on your pet's collar to help us reunite you with your pet. 


TNR is the process of humanely trapping feral cats, sterilizing, and vaccinating them. They are also “ear-tipped,” to signify that they have been part of a TNR project, then returned to the same location in which they were living.

TNR is known to:

  • Stabilize the population of feral cats
  • Reduce shelter euthanasia rates
  • Improve the overall health of feral cat colonies
  • End undesirable behaviors displayed by unaltered cats

For more information about the City of Greenville's Trap-Neuter-Return program, click here.

Illegal Dog Fighting

North Carolina General Statute 14-362.2 makes it a felony in the state of North Carolina to fight, instigate, conduct, promote, or allow a dog to participate in illegal dog fighting. If you suspect dog fighting in your neighborhood, please contact our office and we will follow up on your complaint. The Humane Society of the United States offers up to a $2500.00 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of persons involved in dog fighting.

Animal Cruelty

A dog left chained outside without food, water, or shelter; a sick or injured animal whose condition goes untreated; an animal showing obvious signs of abuse; or a neighbor child who throws rocks at squirrels, all are examples of neglect and abuse that put animals in danger. You can help by being observant. Is the situation getting worse? If you see an act of overt cruelty or neglect, call Animal Protective Services at 252.329.4387.

Public Nuisances

The following acts of a dog, cat or other animal or group of animals are declared public nuisances: frequent, habitual howling, yelping, barking, fighting or making of other noises which disturb the neighborhood; chasing, snapping at or attacking a pedestrian, bicycle rider or vehicles; turning over garbage containers, damaging gardens, flowers or vegetables; running at large while in heat; by virtue of number or type is offensive or dangerous to the public health, safety or welfare; or any act, noise or condition created which is offensive to people or destructive of real or personal property.

Deer in Residential Areas

Having issues with deer near your home? Click here for Frequently Asked Questions. 


Greenville Animal Protective Services

Phone: 252.329-4387

Emergency Phone: 252.329.4300


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