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Animal Control

Animal Control Information - Licensing and Laws

Per City Code, dogs must be licensed annually.

Such license shall be due and payable between January 1 and May 1 of each year.

Any dog not licensed by May 1 incurs a $35.00 penalty.

The license cost for spayed/neutered dogs is $10.00 and unaltered dogs $15.00.

To license your dog, you need to bring in proof of current rabies vaccination to the City Clerk’s Office at 223 East Erie.

If your dog is picked up by animal control and does not have a current license, you will be subject to a fine for violation of this ordinance.

Number of Animals Limited: It is unlawful for any person to own, keep or harbor more than three (3) full grown dogs, on any one property within the corporate limits of the City. Any person served notice regarding the number of dogs owned, kept or harbored will have 48 hours from service of such notice to comply with Ordinance #459.

Also, per City Code, pet owners are responsible for cleaning up after their animals.

To report a dog running at large, call the Police Department’s, nonemergency number, 712-642-2736. For information on lost dogs, contact the City Clerk’s office at 712-642-3502.

PET OWNER REMINDERS Running At Large Prohibited: It is unlawful for any owner to allow an animal to run at large within the corporate limits of the City (City Code Chapter 55). Animals found at large shall be seized and impounded, or, at the discretion of the peace officer, the owner may be served a summons to appear in court to answer charges made thereunder. A pick-up fee shall also be charged accordingly.

Pet Owners Are Responsible For Cleaning Up After Their Animals: Any person who walks or takes an animal upon public property, public right-of-way, parks, school grounds, playgrounds, cemetery, or the private property of another person shall clean up, remove, and dispose of properly the feces deposited by the animals(s). (City Code 55.10). By taking a few simple steps to clean up after your pet, you contribute to the beautification of our community, as well as responsible pet ownership. Thank you for your cooperation.


Reminders: Have your pet spayed or neutered.