Information for Pet Owners

Registering Your Pet
Each dog and cat must be registered with the City of Mesquite Animal Services Division once it reaches four 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. Registration is valid for 12 months from the date of issuance. Registrations can be obtained at the City of Mesquite Animal Shelter and 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
Additional Details
  • Rabies vaccination: Each dog and cat must be vaccinated by a licensed veterinarian upon reaching the age of four months and must be revaccinated annually.
  • Number of Animals: Residents are limited to three adult dogs and one litter of puppies up to six months of age for a maximum of 10 dogs. Residents may also have up to three adult cats.
  • Animal Confinement: Pets must be confined by a fence or tether (leash) 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.
  • 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 &/or Dangerous Animals: Exotic, wild, or dangerous animals are prohibited. Examples include, but are not limited to:
    • Any poisonous or dangerous reptile
    • Ferrets
    • Foxes
    • Leopards
    • Lions
    • Lynx
    • Panthers
    • Skunks
    • Tigers
    • Any other animal for which there is no approved rabies vaccine
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