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 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, your dog license is not valid if your rabies certificate expires.

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.

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

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