Dogs & Cats
The majority of our animal service calls are about cats and dogs. Being a responsible owner enhances the safety of the whole community.
Cat Owner Responsibilities
- Cats should wear owner identification and rabies vaccination tags.
- Cats must be leashed when off owner's property.
- Cats must not be allowed to run-at-large or trespass on public or private property.
- Cat laws vary throughout the state. Contact your local municipality for more information on cat laws in your community.
Dog Owner Responsibilities
- Keep your dog's rabies vaccination and dog license current.
- Always have your dog wear current rabies, license, and owner I.D. tags.
- Obtain and display a Dog Park Permit anytime your dog is in a park in which dogs are allowed.
Keep Your Dog Leashed and Only Take It Where It is Welcome
- Keep your dog leashed when off your property unless you are within the off-leash exercise areas in parks where dogs are allowed.
- Do not allow your dog to trespass on public or private property or run-at-large, unleashed, or unattended.
- Do not allow your dog in any park where dogs are prohibited, school grounds, beaches, or public cemeteries.
Keep Your Pet Safe
- Provide your dog with adequate shelter from sun, wind and precipitation when your dog is kept outside.
- Do not confine your dog in a vehicle in extreme (hot or cold) weather.
- If your dog is bitten by, or fights with, another dog or a wild or stray animal, report it to Animal Services at (608) 255-2345 (ask for Animal Services Officer).
Prevent Your Dog from Negatively Impacting Others
- Prevent your dog from injuring any person, property or other animal.
- Never allow your dog to bark at, intimidate, attack, or threaten another pet or any person.
- If your dog bites a person report it to Animal Services at (608) 255-2345 (ask for Animal Services Officer).