Information for Pet Owners

  • Registrations
    • Each dog and cat must be registered with the City of Mesquite Animal Services Division once it reaches four (4) months of age. A current metal registration tag will be issued, and this tag must be affixed to a collar or harness and worn at all times. Documentation of a current rabies vaccination is required at the time of registration.

    • The fee to register a pet is $5 for sterilized animals or $15 for non-sterilized animals. Proof of sterilization, such as a receipt for spay/neuter surgery, is required.

    • Registrations are valid for twelve (12) months from the date of issuance.

    • Registrations can be obtained at the City of Mesquite Animal Shelter & Adoption Center and most local veterinarians.

    • The following animals are exempt from the registration requirement:

      • Dogs owned by a law enforcement agency
      • Dogs trained to assist a person with a disability

  • Rabies vaccination: Each dog and cat must be vaccinated by a licensed veterinarian upon reaching the age of four (4) months and must be revaccinated annually.

  • Number of Animals:  Residents are limited to three (3) adult dogs plus one (1) litter of puppies up to six (6) months of age for a maximum of ten (10) dogs. Residents may also have up to three adult (3) cats.

  • Animal Confinement:  Pets must be confined by a fence or tether (leash) of sufficient strength to prevent the animalís escape. If left outdoors, pets must have access to water and shelter at all times. Animals found confined in a cruel manner may be seized.

  • Animal Nuisances:  It is unlawful to keep an animal in such a manner that it creates a nuisance by reason of excessive noise (barking), odors, flies, disease, or unsightly appearance.

  • Exotic, Wild and/or Dangerous Animals:   Exotic, wild, or dangerous animals are prohibited. Examples include, but are not limited to: any poisonous or dangerous reptile, skunks, foxes, leopards, panthers, tigers, lions, lynx, ferrets, or any other animal for which there is no approved rabies vaccine.

  • Livestock, including poultry and fowl:   May not be kept in residential areas. Horses and ponies may require a special exception. Please visit the Planning and Zoning website for more details.