New animal control policy in Chadds Ford

Chadds Ford Township now has a new animal control policy. Brandywine Veterinary Hospital — on Route 1 in Chadds Ford — now has an agreement with several Delaware County municipalities to house stray dogs that are picked up by the township animal control officer.

Township Manager Amanda Serock said township residents who have lost a dog should make a series of phone calls.

The first, she said is to the township at 610-388-8800, then a call to the state police at 484-840-1000, and third call to Brandywine Veterinary Hospital at 610-459-0500.

Residents should also check the township and animal hospital websites.

Serock explained the change was due to the Brandywine Valley SPCA raising its rates for picking up strays.

“So a few of us with minimum stray dog issues decided to join forces and Dr. Grey [the second-generation owner of Brandywine Veterinary Hospital] was kind enough to assist. The agreement includes an arrangement with eight municipalities,” Serock said.

For the animal’s safety, Serock added that dogs should have collars and tags and owners should consider microchipping their animal. That will make it easier to identify the dog and return it to its owner quickly.

Also, if a dog is microchipped, Delaware County will provide a lifetime license for the dog. For more information on that, go here.

The address for Brandywine Veterinary Hospital is 1270 Baltimore Pike.

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