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Keeping Tabs On Pets

May 18, 2020

The Mason City Police Department issued a statement reminding residents to keep their pets’ records and vaccinations up to date to prevent a trip to the pound.

All dog and cat owners are required to ensure their animals are current on their rabies shots and city licenses; the mandate includes emotional-support and service animals.

According to the statement, Animal Control has seen an uptick in calls as the weather has become more mild, prompting law enforcement to reach out to pet owners in an effort to help them prevent extensive fines and the risk of their pet being taken to the animal shelter.

The police department also warns that pets should be secured and supervised at all times, noting that an animal who bites someone, or an animal at large, may be impounded as well.

Once a pet is impounded, ownership must be proven by the resident and any applicable fines must be paid in order for the animal to be released.

Owners may also be issued criminal citations.

Pet licenses may be obtained at the Mason City Animal Shelter and City Hall. Some veterinarians also provide licensing services.

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