Animal Control

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The Animal Control Unit is staffed by one Animal Control Officer.

The unit is responsible for:

  • the investigation of all animal incidents occurring in the City
  • reports of animal bites
  • cruelty to animals
  • picking up stray animals
  • all other animal related violations of the Merced Municipal Code.
  • enforcing City animal licensing provisions.

In order to obtain a license for your dog, you will need a current rabies certificate for each dog that you want to license. Rabies vaccinations are normally valid for one or three years, depending on which vaccination you choose from your animal care service provider. You may choose a one, two, or three year license; however, the duration of your dog license may not exceed the expiration date of your current rabies certificate.

License fees will vary depending on the duration and type of the license that you choose and/or require. Discounts apply for senior citizens and dogs that are spayed or neutered. Proof of age of the owner or proof of spay/neuter is required to receive discounted pricing.

Cats do not need a license.

To obtain a dog license, please complete the "Dog License Application" listed below and mail or hand deliver it to the Merced Police Department, 611 W. 22nd Street, Merced, CA 95340. Lobby hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 4:00pm. Payments may be made by cash, check or money order and must be accompanied by a completed application and a verified rabies certificate.

Emergency Number 9-1-1
Non-Emergency Number (209)-385-4720