After Rat Snake Sighting, Pittsburgh Creates New Resource for Animal Safety Concerns

Thanks to various recent wildlife sightings throughout the city, the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police has created a central email for concerned citizens.


After some interesting animal sightings around Pittsburgh, including a large rat snake in Frick Park, there’s a new resource residents will be able to use to report animal welfare concerns to the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police.  

The central email address may be used to contact animal law team members within the department. Citizens and officers alike also will be able to use it to send information or to ask questions they may have regarding pets, wildlife or general animal safety. 

“We want to ensure that no concerns regarding the welfare and safety of the city’s animal population go unaddressed,” Pittsburgh police lieutenant Julie Stoops says in a press release

Besides the viral rat snake story, which made national news, a few black bears recently have been spotted taking late-night strolls around Mt. Washington, Overbrook and Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar.

“Protecting pets and wildlife in our city is everyone’s responsibility and reflects on who we are as Pittsburghers,” says Pittsburgh public safety director Wendell Hissrich. “Pittsburgh Police want to make it easy for citizens to give a voice to the voiceless by reporting any issues of concern about their welfare and safety so they can be addressed.” 

The department adds that for any immediate concerns or animal emergencies, residents should still dial 9-1-1. 

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