Animal Control

Animal Control Services Program


  • In 2017, the Borough has continued an agreement with The Cocalico Cat and Gingham Dog Animal Hospital to accept a maximum of five (5) stray dogs per year apprehended in the Borough.
  • The cost to the Borough for each stray dog received, housed, and cared for by The Cocalico Cat and Gingham Dog Animal Hospital is $100 per dog.
  • The Cocalico Cat and Gingham Dog Animal Hospital staff has the right to refuse to accept any stray dog from the Borough.

Denver Borough’s Stray Dog Policy


Stray Dog Apprehended by Police Department
  • If a stray dog is apprehended in the Borough by the East Cocalico Police Department during regular office hours, the Police Officer will transport the stray dog to The Cocalico Cat and Gingham Dog Animal Hospital.
  • The Cocalico Cat and Gingham Dog Animal Hospital has agreed to accept a maximum of five stray dogs per year apprehended in the Borough.
  • If a stray dog is apprehended in the Borough by the East Cocalico Police Department during off hours and/or if The Cocalico Cat and Gingham Dog Animal Hospital staff refuses to accept the stray dog, the stray dog will be transported by the Police Officer to the East Cocalico Police Department’s approved animal holding area at 100 Hill Road, Denver.
  • The Police Officer will contact the State Dog Officer to schedule having the stray dog picked up and taken to another facility.

Stray Dog Apprehended by Resident


  • If a stray dog is apprehended in the Borough by a citizen during regular office hours, the resident can transport the stray dog to The Cocalico Cat and Gingham Dog Animal Hospital.
  • The Cocalico Cat and Gingham Dog Animal Hospital has agreed to accept a maximum of five stray dogs per year apprehended in the Borough.
  • If a stray dog is apprehended in the Borough by a resident during off hours and/or if The Cocalico Cat and Gingham Dog Animal Hospital staff refuses to accept the stray dog, the resident can contact the East Cocalico Police Department for the animal to be picked up and transported to the Police Department’s animal holding area at 100 Hill Road, Denver.
  • The Police Officer will contact the State Dog Officer to schedule having the stray dog picked up and taken to another facility.

Denver Borough’s Stray Cat Policy


  • If a resident traps and/or finds a stray cat, the resident can take that cat to the Lancaster County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (LCSPCA) at the following address:
    • Lancaster County SPCA
      599 Chesapeake Street
      Lancaster, PA 17602
      (Front building (in the rear)
      Ph: 717-917-6979
  • You will be charged by the LCSPCA for dropping the stray cat off at their facility according to the following fee schedule:
    • Cats - $45
    • Cats with litter of kittens - $75