Animal Control/Licensing Information
PLEASE HAVE YOUR CAT MICROCHIPPED IF THEY ARE OUTDOORS AT ANY TIME. THE VILLAGE IS GOING TO WORK TOWARDS CONTROLLING THE FERAL CAT POPULATION WITHIN THE VILLAGE. IF YOU KNOW OF AN AREA THAT IS HIGHLY POPULATED WITH FERAL CATS, PLEASE CONTACT THE VILLAGE.
BELOW IS AN OPTION FOR MICROCHIPPING FOR PET, PLEASE COPYTHE URL TO EXPLORE:
If you own pets, please be mindful of the following:
Dog & Cat Licenses
It is unlawful for any person in the village to own, harbor or keep any dog or cat more than five months of age after July 1 of the license year without complying with the provisions of Wis. Stats. §§ 174.05 through 174.10 relating to the listing, licensing and tagging of the same. The owner of any dog more than five months of age on January 1 of any year, or five months of age within the license year, shall annually, or on or before the date the dog becomes five months of age, pay a license tax in the minimum amount required by Wis. Stats. § 174.05 and obtain a license. Proof of rabies vaccination required. Upon payment of the required license tax and upon presentation of evidence that the dog or cat is currently immunized against rabies, the village clerk-treasurer shall complete and issue to the owner a license for such dog or cat containing all information required by state law. The village clerk-treasurer shall assess and collect a late fee as provided in Wis. Stats. § 174.05(5) from every owner of a dog or cat five months of age or over, if the owner failed to obtain a license prior to April 1 of each year or within 30 days of acquiring ownership of a licensable dog or cat or if the owner failed to obtain a license on or before the date when the dog or cat reached licensable age.
A dog is considered "at large" in the Village if it is off the premises of the owner or keeper and is not under control of a leash no longer than ten (10) feet and the leash is held by a person of at least ten (10) years of age, competent to govern it and prevent it from annoying or worrying pedestrians or trespassing on private property where dogs are forbidden. Any stray dog or dogs running at large within the Village, may be impounded by the Columbia County Sheriff's Department or their designated agent, and/or delivered to the local Humane Society or animal shelter.
The owner of a dog shall have the dog vaccinated against rabies by a veterinarian within thirty (30) days after the dog reaches four (4) months of age and re-vaccinated within one (1) year after the initial vaccination. The owner of a dog shall have the dog re-vaccinated against rabies by a veterinarian before specified, within two (2) years after the previous vaccination.
It shall be unlawful for any person in immediate control of any dog to permit fecal matter which is deposited by such dog while off of its own premises to remain on any street, alley, sidewalk, lawn, field, or any public property, and it shall be solely the responsibility of the person in control of said dog to immediately, after deposit, remove all fecal matter and dispose of the same.
Barking Dogs or Crying Cats
It shall be unlawful for any person knowingly to keep or harbor any dog or animal 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 or in such manner as to materially disturb or annoy persons in the neighborhood who are of ordinary sensibilities.
Neglect, Abandoned, or Injured Animals
No person may abandon any animal. Any law enforcement officer may remove, shelter, and care for an animal found to be cruelly exposed to the weather, starved, or denied adequate water, neglected, abandoned, or otherwise treated in a cruel manner and may deliver such animal to another person to be sheltered, cared for, and given medical attention, if necessary.