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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. For more information call the Police Department at 559-665-8600.
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The 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.
Pet licenses may be obtained at the Chowchilla Police Department, 122 Trinity Avenue, Chowchilla, CA 93610.
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. Licenses are valid for one year and expire December 31 of each year. The deadline to renew animal licensing is March 31. A late fee will be added to the cost of the license after March 31.
Services provided by the Animal Control Division include pet licensing, patrol, trap rental, and shelter services.
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. If you need to contact an Animal Control Officer call 559-665-8600.
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.
Contact the Police Department at 559-665-8600 for assistance with barking dog complaints.
Yes, all dogs must be restrained by a leash not to exceed eight feet in length as per Chowchilla Municipal Code 6.04.070.
Dead animals should be reported to the Chowchilla Police Department at 559-665-8600.
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 6.04.270.
Non-domesticated animals are considered wild and either require a permit or are not allowed inside City limits as per Chowchilla Municipal Code 6.04.010.
There is a veterinary clinic located in Chowchilla and clinics also nearby in Madera, Merced, and Fresno that provide these services.