The Town of Belleair does not handle animal services or control functions such as adoptions, licensing, and any public welfare concerns. Instead, the Town relies on the expertise and dedication of Pinellas County Animal Services for these functions.
However, the Belleair Police Department does concern itself with Code Enforcement activities that (1) regulate leashing and identification requirements for domestic animals and (2) limit the allowance of livestock in Belleair. Click here to access Chapter 10 of the Town of Belleair’s Code of Ordinances, which deals with animals.
Pinellas County Animal Services
The professional, caring staff at Pinellas County Animal Services (PCAS) works hard to help keep residents, and pets safe throughout Pinellas County. Even though PCAS considers adoptions the most valuable work they do, there’s much more to learn about Animal Services. They provide services and public education that promote responsible pet ownership. A licensed veterinarian performs numerous surgical procedures, a majority of them spaying and neutering. Please visit the PCAS website for more information on the many programs offered. The following is a small listing of some essential functions of PCAS. If you need immediate assistance please contact Pinellas County Animal Services at (727) 582-2600.
- Spay and Neuter Programs: To reduce overpopulation, Animal Services provides low-cost sterilization to animals belonging to qualified low-income families.
- County Pet Licenses: A computerized pet licensing database system tracks annual licenses for more than 180,600 dogs and cats, and tracks approximately 375,000 pets countywide, helping to reunite lost pets and owners. Subsequently, Pinellas County has more pets licensed and vaccinated than any other county in the State of Florida.
- Rabies Prevention Program for Dogs and Cats: PCAS administers an active rabies prevention program. Public education efforts are a very important part of helping residents to be responsible pet owners. Oral Rabies Vaccine Baits (ORV) continue to be utilized within the county to control the spread & outbreak of the deadly rabies virus.
- Code Enforcement: Animal services provides state-certified Animal Control Officers to provide countywide code enforcement assistance to citizens with animal-related problems.
- Lost and Found: In 2009 along, over 2,600 lost pets were reunited with their owners.
- PCAS is tasked with protecting the public welfare and are responsible for enforcing the law regarding animal issues, such as dangerous dogs and feral cats.