City Ordinances

The Mesquite City Council has approved and adopted revisions to the Chapter 4 – Animal Ordinance that amends the City Code enforced by the Mesquite Animal Services Division. The revisions include updates to State law provisions, addresses outdated language and enhances definitions of a dangerous and aggressive animal as well as the new requirements for animal care and treatment. The new ordinance goes into effect January 1, 2021. To review the full ordinance click here.

Rabies Vaccination:

Each dog and cat must be vaccinated by a licensed veterinarian upon reaching the age of four (4) months and 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 of sufficient strength to prevent the animal’s 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. Dogs are not permitted to remain outdoors during a freeze or heat warning as issued by the National Weather Service or during a tropical storm or hurricane unless they have unimpeded access to a climate-controlled shelter.

A dog shelter must have at least three sides, a top and a solid floor, and must be adequately ventilated. The dog shelter must be large enough for the dog to enter, stand, turn around and lie down, but small enough to prevent the loss of body heat during cold weather. The interior must be kept dry and protected from the elements at all times.

Animal Nusiances:

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, 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.