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Police advise Mason City citizens to have pets up-to-date on vaccinations and licenses

MASON CITY – The Mason City police department is advising citizens to be sure their pets are up-to-date on vaccinations and licenses.

A statement from the MCPD:

As the weather warms, our animal-related calls also increase. We would like to remind pet owners to verify their animals are current on rabies vaccinations and city license. There are no vaccination or city licensing exemptions for dogs or cats (including companion, or therapy animals) of 6 months + older in age.

Animals may be impounded for several reasons. Some of the more prevalent reasons include: If owner is unable to prove current rabies vaccination and / or current city animal license; At-Large; or for biting a human (whether the animal is current on vaccinations or not).

To reclaim animals, the owner will have to prove ownership, pay applicable reclaim fees, and may be issued applicable criminal citations. The majority of animals that we impound are typically for expired or no rabies vaccination; at-large; or for biting a human. Responsible pet owners can limit potential problems by ensuring their animals are properly vaccinated and licensed, and do not leave their property unless properly secured and supervised.

For more information on Mason City city ordinances, go to this link. You may also contact: Animal Control 641-494-3560 (M-F 8:30-5 pm non-emergency). More urgenct calls should always go through police dispatch first. City animal licenses can be purchaed from the Mason City Animal Shelter, City Clerk at city hall, and some local veterinarian offices. Call first to make sure you bring the correct paperwork.

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