Alex Perkins, Chief Animal Control Officer

5590 Smith Road
Brook Park, Ohio 44142
Telephone: 216-433-1239
Brook Park Animal Shelter Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 4:30pm
Saturday-Sunday: CLOSED


For nearly 20 years Alex has been an animal warden in the greater Cleveland area. Alex has a passion for helping animals and turned his interest into his profession. In 2000, Alex began his career in the City of Cleveland as an animal warden. In 2012, In 2012, Alex was hired by our city to help out part-time with the animal warden duties. Later in 2012, Alex was hired full-time by the City of Brook Park after demonstrating his abilities to handle all animal control problems while maintaining a great demeanor with the public. While employed in Cleveland, Alex handled thousands of animal complaints ranging from checking on the welfare of animals to vicious animal attacks. Since 2012 Alex has overseen 5,600 animal complaints in Brook Park.

Alex is the only full-time animal warden for our city. Under Alex is Jonathan Blevins, who works part-time during the evenings and on the weekends. Also under Alex’s supervision is a number of volunteers who help care for the animals. Alex has 7 cages that he rotates between residents that contact him about animals causing issues near their home. This program runs from March to November, Monday to Friday. On average, Alex catches 5-10 plus per week. The animals he captures are groundhogs, raccoons, opossums, skunks, and cats.

To contact Alex directly with questions or comments, please email him at or call 216-265-3647.


Question: Is the Brook Park Animal Shelter a no-kill shelter?
Alex: Yes, the Brook Park Animal Shelter is a no-kill shelter. We find homes for animals that are found through adoption, rescue, or donate to Pet Supply Plus.

Question: How much are adoption fees?
Alex: Adoption fees are $25.

Question: What are your hours?
Alex: Our hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. You can call us at 216-265-3647 or email me at .

Question: How long have you been an animal control officer?
Alex: I’ve been an animal control officer for 20 years.

Question: What are the pit bull laws for the City of Brook Park?

Alex: Pit bulls have to be registered with the City of Brook Park. To register a pit bull call 216-265-3647 or email me at .

Important Information:

Trapping Procedures and Regulations

Dangerous and Vicious Animal Annual Registration Form

Important Information about coyotes and skunks

Animal control means protecting people and property from the dangers and nuisance of roaming, uncontrolled pets. It also means protecting pets and wild animals from the many dangers they face in the wild and on our streets. It’s a way to help people and animals live together in harmony!

The Animal Control Department belongs to an organization that was founded in 1982 called Cuyahoga Animal Warden Society (CAWS We Care). It’s purpose is to create a common bond and interest among the community and Animal Control Officers themselves so all could benefit, sharing the knowledge in their professional field and provide mutual aid for their counterparts in neighboring communities.

  • A responsible owner for every pet. The pet is a living creature that deserves a comfortable surrounding for all of it’s life.
  • Don’t let your pet run free.
  • Report all cases of animal abuse or inhumane treatment.
  • Have your pet(s) vaccinated and licensed according to city law.
  • Don’t allow your dog to habitually bark and disturb your neighbors.
  • Think before buying or adopting a pet. Your commitment is for the life of that pet.
  • Be patient and never strike your pet.
  • Provide fresh water and food daily.
  • Please spay or neuter your pets.
  • Remember that roaming pets cause regrets.

Brook Park City Council recently passed an update to the Dangerous and Vicious Animal Ordinance that requires residents to register dangerous and vicious animals with the Brook Park Animal Control Department. Under the new Ordinance, residents need to register their animals that are classified as dangerous by September 27, 2009, and then annually thereafter by January 15th of each year. You can print a copy of the registration form by clicking here, or you can pick up a copy at the Police Department or City Hall. Forward completed applications and documentation with the $50 registration fee to the Safety Director at City Hall, 6161 Engle Road. An animal is deemed to be dangerous when it: 1. Has without provocation caused serious injury to a human being or domestic animal; or 2. Has a known propensity, tendency or disposition without provocation to cause serious injury to a human being or domestic animal; or 3. Has been designated to be dangerous animal after a hearing by the Safety Director; and 4. The public safety cannot be protected by the owner or custodian of the animal exercising reasonable control, over the animal. PLEASE NOTE: ALL Pit Bull Dogs, Canary Dogs and American Bulldogs are deemed to be dangerous animals, and must be registered with the Brook Park Animal Control Department. A Pit Bull Dog means any Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier or American Staffordshire Terrier breed of dog. If there is any question about whether a dog’s breed falls into any of the above categories, the Safety Director or his/her designee shall make the determination as to the breed of the dog.

Vicious Animal Registration Form

In accordance with Chapter 505 of the Codified Ordinances of the City of Brook Park, no owner of a dog, cat, or other animal shall permit the animal to go beyond the owner’s premises at any time, except when held securely on a leash. We have had numerous cases where residents are walking their leashed dogs when the were aggressively charged by an unleashed dog, and in some cases attacked. In some of those instances, the owner was with the unleashed dog. Please be a responsible pet owner and a courteous neighbor, keep your pets leashed when walking them and pick up after them, too. In advance, thank you for doing your part to make Brook Park a great place to live!

With the increase of coyote sightings in the area, we wanted to provide our residents with some useful information about coyotes. The following two web links will educate you and dispel many of the myths regarding coyotes.

Living With Coyotes from Eastern Coyote Research
Ohio Division of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife Life History Notes on the Coyote

Brook Park Animal Shelter

The Animal Warden is now selling Cuyahoga County Dog Tags at the Animal Shelter.

Pet adoptions available by appointment. Please call 216-265-3647 to schedule an appointment to adopt one of the adorable pets. Adoption fees do not include shots, spay or neuter. We do require you to sign adoption contracts. Part of the contract must be completed by a veterinarian. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact the Brook Park Animal Shelter at (216) 265-3647. Our Animal Shelter is located at 5590 Smith Road, at the rear of the building.

Additional Resources:

  • Animal Control of Brook Park (216) 265-3647 or 265-DOGS
  • Rodent Problems – Please contact the County Board of Health at (216) 433-7500
  • Bees, Wasps, etc. – Please refer to the Yellow Pages under ‘pest control’
  • State of Ohio Wildlife Division (ODNR) – (330) 644-2293 for wildlife problems
  • Dog License Tag Info – Cuyahoga County Auditor (216) 443-7028
  • Old Tags – (216) 443-7250
  • Animal Protective League – (216) 771-4616
  • Cuyahoga County Kennels – (216) 525-7877
  • City of Cleveland Kennel – (216) 664-3069