Animal Control

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 get a license for your dog, you need a current rabies certificate for each dog that you want to license. You may license the dog for up to three years, depending on how long the rabies vaccination is good for. Costs vary depending on the duration of the license that you wish, the type of license and discounts apply to senior citizens and also for dogs that are spayed or neutered. Proof must be shown with a certificate from the veterinarian who performed the procedure.

Cats do not need a license.

To get your dog licensed, complete the "Dog License Application" listed below. You can complete this application electronically and then print it. The application needs to be delivered to the Police Department's Central Station located at 611 W. 22nd St. Office hours are Monday - Friday, 10:00am - 4:00pm.

Emergency Number 9-1-1

Non-Emergency Number (209)-385-4720

Animal Noise Complaint Form
File Name: AnimalNoiseComplaintForm.pdf
Revision Date: 9/28/2010
Dog License Application
File Name: DogLicenseApplication_11192013.pdf
Revision Date: 10/2/2013