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Animal Control

Animal Control provides services to the citizens of Wellington that covers a wide range of animal problems. The complaints can be about nuisance complaints, animals running at large, picking up stray animals, or checking on the welfare of an animal. The Wellington Police Department Animal Control Unit consists of one full time civilian Animal Control Officer. The Animal Control Officer is primarily available during normal weekday business hours. The Police Department patrol officers assist in assuming 24-hour emergency animal control services. Animal Control encourages and assists owners with responsible pet ownership and resolves issues when they arise.


Every person owning, keeping or harboring a dog within the city limits is required to annually register the dog with the city by March 1 of each year. All dogs must be registered annually, regardless of age. To register your dog, you must present proof of a current rabies vaccination for each dog to be licensed. To receive the registration rate for sterile animals you must also present proof from a veterinarian that your dog has been spayed or neutered. You will be furnished a metallic tag that shall be attached to the dog’s collar.

The City of Wellington does not require registration of cats.


Registration Fees:

Calendar Year
  • $3 for spayed/neutered
  • $6 for fertile dog
  • $1 after March 31 and .50 cents each month thereafter

Registration of your dog may be done at the City Clerk’s Office or with any authorized veterinarian who wishes to provide the service.

For complete details of the City’s animal ordinances, please see Chapter 6 of the Municipal Code.

Useful Tips/Reminders:

  • Turn dog houses so the cold north wind is not blowing directly into the house and insulate the dog house with hay or straw for added warmth in colder temperatures.
  • Provide access to plenty of fresh water, in both hot and cold weather.
  • Be sure your “escape artist” dogs that must be tethered to avoid running at-large are tethered property on a trolley.
  • Be sure dogs and cats are vaccinated for rabies and dogs have current City registration.
  • Be sure to spay and neuter your pets to help reduce their desire to roam and lessen aggressive behavior.