Depending upon the determination of the Animal Control Officer regarding the pet's behavior, the owner may request a formal hearing. Prior to the hearing, a certified animal behavioral professional will administer a behavioral study to determine if the dog can be rehabilitated or retrained. The procedure of the hearing can be found in the City's municipal code in Chapter 6.
Tips for Preventing Dog Bites
LicensingPet licensing is free in Kingsburg for your animal if it is spayed/neutered!
Why you should license your pet:
- A pet license can provide your pet safe passage home if it becomes lost. If it is injured, its license enables others to notify you more quickly.
- A pet license also provides important proof of current rabies vaccination. While the law does not require rabies vaccinations for cats, it would be prudent for cat owners to do so because of their possible contact with wild animals and bats.
- Dog licensing is mandatory - cat licensing is voluntary. All dogs over the age of 4 months must be licensed within 30 days. Pet owners moving into the area must also license within 30 days. A current rabies vaccination certificate is required to license your pet.
Barking DogsBarking dog issues can be real nuisances and difficult to resolve. We recommend speaking to your neighbor direclty to inform them of the issue (they may be unaware). If this doesn't correct the issue, you can contact KPD's non-emergency number (897-2931) to report the issue.
In the case of a dog barking call, KPD will use discretion when determining a problem. Dogs barking to protect property are not in violation of City ordinance. The responding officer will make contact with the complaining party, then complete an investigation of the concern. The officer will attempt to make contact with the pet owner to resolve the issue. Only after the issue goes unabated will monetary citations be issued.
Leash LawLeash law means anytime your dog is outside a fenced enclosure it is required to be on a leash. The only exception in the City is the official off-leash dog park located on Laurel St.
Loose dogs create a nuisance and can be a serious health/safety concern. Dogs chasing people or other animals can cause injury and/or spread disease. There is a difference between stray (unowned) animals and those who are loose with owners. Unfortunately, some pet owners are irresponsible and don't care that they violate the law by letting their dogs run loose and create nuisances. It often takes several complaints and a number of visits by our officers to gain compliance. Reports of loose dogs (with no information as to where they live) are difficult problems to solve, especially if the dogs are not present when the officer arrives in the area. There is little the officer can do but assume the dogs have been put up by the owner or that they have moved on to locations unknown. Since an owner is not known, the officer cannot warn them about the problem. Again, it is extremely important to provide as much information as possible when filing a report.
Spaying & Neutering is an important step to help control an unwanted pet population. The City partners with local animal centers to provide spay/neuter of loose dogs. Owned dogs can be spayed/neutered by contacting your local veterinarian.