Animal Control: New Territory, New Faces

South Hills Cooperative Animal Control expanded its territory in 2018 to include Bethel Park, and this year added Baldwin Borough. The increased call volume made it necessary to hire two new officers. Samantha Walisik, seated, center, and supervisor Rob Fredley, seated, right, join Todd Alisesky, seated, left, and standing, from left, Anthony Capozzoli, Dave Lehman and Don Cooley. /Photo: George Mendel

NEW TERRITORY, NEW FACES South Hills Cooperative Animal Control (SHCAC) has expanded its area of responsibility to include Baldwin Borough. Baldwin joins Mt. Lebanon, Upper St. Clair, Dormont, Scott Township, Green Tree, Whitehall, Castle Shannon, Heidelberg, Carnegie, Rosslyn Farms, Baldwin Township, Pennsbury Village and Bethel Park as part of SHCAC, which now will answer calls for about 71,000 households. To handle the expected increase in call volume, SHCAC has added a supervisor and an animal control officer to augment the team. Animal Control Supervisor Robert Fredley fills a newly created position responsible for day to day supervision of the five animal control officers who served the South Hills Animal Control Cooperative. 

“Supervisor Fredley brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our cooperative and is eager to serve the residents of Mt. Lebanon and other communities we serve,” says Deputy Police Chief Jason Haberman.

“Samantha Walisik brings  a unique background and skill set with a degree from Penn State University in animal science,” he adds. “She is eager to start her career with the South Hills Cooperative Animal Control and utilize her education and training to its fullest.”

All SHCAC officers are certified by the National Animal Care and Control Association. They have the authority to write citations, file animal bite reports, quarantine animals who are at risk for having rabies and as a last resort, euthanize animals. The officers are Mt. Lebanon Police Department employees, with an office in the Public Safety Center and a kennel at the Upper St. Clair Municipal Building.

SHCAC also administers a lost pet section on its Facebook page.

If you have an animal issue, call 911 or the non-emergency number, 412-279-6911. The same call-takers answer both lines and take messages after normal business hours, which are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and 7 to 5 on weekends. If your after-hours call is urgent, dispatchers will send police.