Merced County California

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License & Ordinance Information
Leash Law
There is a leash law in Merced County and all dogs and cats that are off the property of their owners must be on a leash or physically restrained.

Vaccinations
All dogs and cats over the age of four months are required to be vaccinated for rabies.  (Low Cost Rabies Vaccination Clinics)

Licenses
Dogs must be licensed. Fines and penalties for an unlicensed dog may exceed $100 per animal. To find out how to license your dog, please call (209) 385-7436.   (License Application)

Other Laws
  • Any dog transported in the rear of an open vehicle must be securely tied to prevent it from falling out.
  • Any dog found chasing, worrying, harassing, or attacking livestock or poultry may be destroyed by the livestock owner.
  • Anyone who owns or possesses more than four dogs or cats for any reason may require a kennel or cattery permit.
  • Any animal found in violation of any Merced County Ordinance is subject to impound.
  • It is the duty and responsibility of any person having knowledge of an animal bite (in the unincorporated areas of Merced County) to report it to Merced County Animal Control or the Health Department. This is mandated by State and local laws.


Merced County 2222 M Street Merced, CA 9543 Ph. (209) 385-7434 Toll Free (800) 226-6452