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Animals & Pet Licensing

The Environmental Health Division provides resources for you to understand the requirements for the care and licensing of animals:

Pet Licensing 

Animal Nuisance and Waste Complaints 

Restricted Animals 

Pet Fanciers 

Animal Bites and Rabies Control 

 


Pet Licensing

All domesticated animals (dogs, cats, potbellied pigs, and ferrets) are required by City ordinance to be licensed. Dogs, cats, and ferrets are also required to be vaccinated against rabies.

A new license, which expires December 31st, must be purchased each calendar year. Any license renewed after January 31st will be assessed a $10 late fee (new animals licensed within 30 days are exempt from a late fee).

Application for Pet License 

Licenses may be purchased at either the City of Racine Environmental Health Division office or the Wisconsin Humane Society Racine Campus. See Application for Pet License (above) for more details.

 

Frequently Asked Questions 

  1. Why should my pet be licensed?
    There are several reasons:
    • Sec. 10-36 of the Racine Municipal Code requires that domesticated animals (dogs, cats, potbellied pigs, and ferrets) be licensed. 
    • It helps to identify your pet in the event it is lost. 
    • To keep official records of your pet's rabies vaccinations. 
    • The fees collected support animal control services. 
     
  2. What is the cost of licensing my pets?
    Dogs and Cats
    • Neutered/Spayed $11.00 each
    • Non-neutered/Spayed $36.00 each
    • Senior Citizen Rate (65 yrs. or older) $6.00 each
      (only if neutered/spayed)
       
    Potbellied Pigs and Ferrets
    • Must be neutered/spayed $11.00 each  
    Late Fee
    • Any license renewed after January 31st
      will be assessed a late fee.
       
    • Cash, check, and credit cards are accepted.  
    • Make checks payable to City of Racine.  
     
  3. How many pets am I allowed?
    A person is allowed to keep three (3) domesticated animals in a single-family residence, and two (2) domesticated animals per unit of a multiple-family residence. If you live in a single-family residence and have more than three (3) animals you are required to obtain a Pet Fancier's Permit.
    Note: Only one potbellied pig is allowed, regardless of residence or license type. 


  4. Can my pet roam free or unattended?
    Pets may only run on the premises of the owner, unless it is on a leash held by a person physically able to control the animal. 

For More Information
If you have questions or would like more information,
call 262-636-9203.

 

Animal Nuisance and Waste Complaints

It is unlawful for a person to knowingly keep any dog which habitually barks, howls, or yelps, or any cat which habitually cries or howls, to the great discomfort of the peace and quiet of the neighborhood. You may complete the animal nuisance complaint form, available below, to file a nuisance/noise complaint.

Animal Nuisance Complaint Form 

It is also unlawful to knowingly leave animal waste on public or private property other than your own. Keep this in mind when walking your dog, and know that it may be best to carry a plastic bag with you to avoid any problems. Dispose of the bag in a trash bin; do not place the waste down a storm drain. For a pet waste complaint, have the address of the animal's owner when you call.

For More Information
If you have questions or would like more information,
call 262-636-9203.


 

Restricted Animals

Persons wishing to bring a restricted animal into the City for a temporary period must file a Special Permit for Keeping Animals. Individuals wishing to permanently keep restricted animals within the City must file an Ownership Permit for Certain Restricted Animals. Both application forms are available here:

Application for Special Permit for Keeping Animals

Application for Ownership Permit for Certain Restricted Animals
 

For More Information
If you have questions or would like more information,
call 262-636-9203.

City of Racine Municipal Code, Sec. 10-42: Part (1) references the Special Permit for Keeping Animals; Part (2) references the Ownership Permit for Certain Restricted Animals.

 

Pet Fanciers

A person is allowed to keep three (3) domesticated animals in a single-family residence, and two (2) domesticated animals per unit of a multiple-family residence. If you live in a single-family residence and have more than three (3) animals you are required to obtain a Pet Fancier's Permit. This permit allows you to keep up to seven (7) animals (dogs, cats, ferrets, potbellied pigs). Residents of a multiple-family residence may not obtain a pet fancier permit.
Note: Only one potbellied pig is allowed, regardless of residence or license type.
 

Application for Pet Fancier's License

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How long is the permit good for?
    A new permit, which expires December 31st, must be purchased each calendar year. Any permit renewed after January 31st will be assessed a late fee. Pet Fancier permit holders will be sent a renewal reminder prior to the expiration date each year.
    Note: Permits must be submitted and processed before the last business day in January to avoid the late fee. 


  2. What is the cost of a pet fancier permit?
    All Domesticated Animals (Up to 7)
    • Pet Fancier Permit $25.00  
    Late Fee
    Any license renewed after January 31st will be assessed a late fee.

    Note: The permit fee is in addition to the licensing fee for each animal.
     

For More Information
If you have questions or would like more information,
call 262-636-9203.

City of Racine Municipal Code, Sec. 10-40
addresses the requirements and limitations of a Pet Fancier's permit.

 

Animal Bites and Rabies Control

While animal bites alone are rarely life-threatening, they can easily become infected and cause serious medical problems. The mouths of dogs and cats, as well as other animals, can be filled with over 100 different types of bacteria and other disease-causing agents that can enter the wound. One such disease-causing agent is the rabies virus. In Wisconsin, rabies is most often carried by bats, raccoons, and skunks.

Symptoms of rabies in your pet include a loss of appetite, erratic behavior, unusual episodes of aggression, dilated pupils, and constant growling/aggressive noises.

If your Dog or Cat Bites Someone
Steps for the animal's owner: 

  1. If medical treatment is necessary, call 911 to report the incident. Otherwise, call the City of Racine Police Department at 262-886-2300.


  2. A police officer will respond and provide you with an animal bite report form. You are required to bring the animal to a veterinarian within 24 hours, or the next business day, for an examination.
     
  3. After the initial examination by a veterinarian, you must immediately return to the Environmental Health Division with the signed animal bite report form. If you fail to have your animal examined by a veterinarian, or fail to return the signed form, your animal may be seized and impounded, at your expense.
     
  4. If your dog or cat:
    • Is not currently vaccinated against rabies, you must have the animal quarantined at a veterinarian's office for a period of at least 10 days after the bite.
    • Is currently vaccinated against rabies, you may quarantine your animal at home for a period of at least 10 days after the bite. On the 10th day following the bite, you must return your animal to the veterinarian for a second examination.
       
     
  5. In all cases, a veterinarian must sign the animal bite report form indicating that your animal was examined on the 10th day following the bite. The signed form must be returned to the City of Racine Health Department Environmental Health Division no more than 24 hours after the animal is released from quarantine.
    If you do not return the signed form to the Environmental Health Division after the initial and final examinations you may be fined up to $1,000 a day and your animal may be seized and impounded.


  6. If your dog or cat is not licensed, you must purchase a license at this time.
     

Rabies Informational Links
Rabies Information - WI Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection 

Rabies Information - WI Department of Health Services 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Rabies 

Rabies Information for Clinicians
 

Quarantining Your Pet
The ten-day quarantine period ensures that the dog or cat remains available so that it can be observed for signs of rabies. It is important that the dog or cat under quarantine be strictly confined at all times to ensure that it cannot run away or be injured. If your animal displays signs of illness or a change in behavior, it is critical that you notify your veterinarian immediately. If the animal remains free of symptoms during the 10 days, this indicates it did not have the rabies virus in its saliva at the time of the bite. Therefore, the bite victim does not have to receive an expensive and unpleasant series of shots to prevent rabies. If unvaccinated, your dog or cat must be vaccinated against rabies before the animal may be released from quarantine.

The owner of the animal is responsible for all expenses incurred in connection with the quarantine. Failure to comply with the quarantine requirements, according to Chapter 10, Article III – Rabies Control of the City of Racine Municipal Code, is a threat to the health and safety of the public.
 

Quarantine Facilities
If your pet is not currently vaccinated, the quarantine period following a bite must take place at a veterinarian's office.

Area facilities include:

Angelcare Animal Hospital: 262-886-3337

Belle City Veterinary Hospital: 262-637-8308

For Pets' Sake Veterinary Clinic : 262-884-8838

North Shore Animal Hospital: 262-639-7500
 

For More Information
If you have questions or would like more information,
call 262-636-9203.

Bats and Rabies

Bats Inside of Buildings 

 
 
 

Main Phone: 262-636-9203
Fax: 262-636-9564
After-hours Public
Health Emergencies:

262-886-2300
Email:
PublicHealth@CityofRacine.org  

Location & Hours:
730 Washington Avenue
Garden Level
Racine, WI 53403
Monday – Friday
8:00 A.M. – 4:55 P.M.
Closed 11:55 AM – 1 PM

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Animal control and protection services are provided by the City of Racine Police Department. These include following up on animal mistreatment, neglect, and complaints regarding no food, water, or shelter.

Contact Racine County Non-Emergency Dispatch
at 262-886-2300.
 

Sheltering services are provided by Wisconsin Humane Society Racine Campus.

Visit their website:
Wisconsin Humane Society Racine Campus
 

 

 
 

 

 
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