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2019 Pet License Renewals

Post Date:12/03/2018 9:04 AM

The City would like to remind citizens to “be safe and responsible pet owners” by licensing their pets.  The 2019 pet tags are now available at the Customer Service Center in City Hall, Animal Adoption and Rescue, 2400 Hawkeye Drive, or at participating veterinarians’ offices. 

All pet licenses expire on December 31st of the license year.  Renewal letters are being mailed to current pet license holders the first week of December reminding them to renew their pet’s license.  The cost of the license is $11 for neutered pets or $31 for intact pets.  Pets must be vaccinated for rabies before a license can be issued. 

Citizens are reminded that penalties will be added to pet licenses issued after March 1st, if pet licenses are obtained after March 1st a $2.00 penalty will be added to each license fee; $4.00 will be added after April 1st; and $6.00 after May 1st. (These penalty fees do not apply to delinquent pit bull licenses, see next paragraph.) 

Pit bulls legally licensed before the 2008 pit bull ban (and continuously licensed in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018) must be renewed prior to March 1st to remain in the City limits.  Currently licensed pit bull owners may renew their license until the close of business (5:00 p.m.) on Thursday, February 28th.  If the 2018 pit bull license is allowed to become delinquent by not renewing before close of business on Thursday, February 28, 2019, the pit bull will be considered illegal in the City limits and you will not be allowed to renew the license.  

In addition there is a City ordinance limiting the number of animals (dogs and cats) that are allowed in residentially zoned areas of town.  The ordinance limits each household to three animals with no more than two from the same species.  For example, a household can be home to 2 dogs and 1 cat but not 3 dogs or 3 cats without obtaining the Excess Pets Permit.  Obtaining the $10 permit allows you to exceed the limit.  The permit is good for 2 years from the date of issue.  All pets must be vaccinated for rabies and licensed before a permit can be issued.

Call 224-7387 for information on pet licenses or the Excess Pets Permits.  All pet licensing and permit information is also available at

Be a safe and responsible pet owner, register your pets, it’s the law.

Remember, a pet license tag is a call home for a lost pet.

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