FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Animal Control Services
Who provides animal control
services in the City of Chowchilla?
Chowchilla Police Department provides Animal Control services
for the City of Chowchilla. Animal Control complaints should be
directed to the police department at (559) 665-8600. Animal
Control may also be contacted via email.
services are provided by Animal Control?
Services provided by the Animal Control Division include pet
licensing, patrol, trap rental, and shelter services.
Who do I call for animal control services during
The Chowchilla Police
Department is open and available for calls 24 hours a day, 7
days a week. If an Animal Control Officer is not available,
calls will be handled by a police officer based on priority.
How do I get a license for my pet?
Pet licenses may be obtained at the Police Department located at
122 Trinity Avenue. Proof of current rabies vaccination is
required to obtain a license. All dogs are required to be
licensed with the city as per Chowchilla Municipal Code
6.04.260. There is a minimal charge for this service. Licenses
are valid for one year and expire December 31st of each year.
The annual deadline for animal licensing is March 31st. A late
fee will be added to the cost of the license after March 31st.
Does the City provide any vaccination services?
The City holds a clinic twice a year where rabies
vaccinations and animal licenses may be obtained. These normally
occur in March and September each year. Click here for more
Who do I contact regarding a barking
Contact the Police Department at (559)
665-8600 for assistance with barking dog complaints.
Does the City of Chowchilla have a leash law?
Yes, all dogs must be restrained by a leash not to exceed
eight feet in length as per Chowchilla Municipal Code 6.04.070.
Can I keep my dog tied up or restrained to a
No. As per state bill SB
1578, it is illegal to tether, fasten, chain, tie or restrain a
dog to a dog house, tree, fence, or other stationary object. The
new law states a dog can be attached to a running line, cable,
pulley, or trolley system that allows the dog free movement. It
is important for public safety and the dog's welfare that a dog
be properly and humanely restrained when restraint is required.
Click here for more information or call the Police Department at
What do I do about the removal
of a dead animal in the street?
should be reported to the Chowchilla Police Department at (559)
How many animals am I allowed to have
in the City limits?
A household is allowed to
have no more than five dogs over four months old or no more than
five cats over six months old as per Chowchilla Municipal Code
What types of animals are considered
wild and require a permit?
animals are considered wild and either require a permit or are
not allowed inside City limits as per Chowchilla Municipal Code
Where can I find spaying and neutering
services for my animal?
There is a veterinary
clinic located in Chowchilla and clinics also nearby in Madera,
Merced, and Fresno that provide these services.