Animal Control

Animal Control Services

The City of Kingsburg is excited to announce that it will be partnering with Second Chance Animal Shelter as of July 1, 2017 to assist the City with animal control needs. 

This service will provide residents and their pets with a safe shelter for lost and found pets, veterinary care, adoptions and more. See our frequently asked questions for details. 

Animal Bites

Mandatory Quarantine

City law requires that any animal that bites another animal or person will be held in quarantine at Second Chance Animal Shelter until a determination of behavior can be made. This will be based upon previous bite record, severity of the incident and if proper ordinances were being followed. 

Depending upon the determination of the Animal Control Officer regarding the pet's behavior, the owner may request a formal hearing. Prior to the hearing, a certified animal behavioral professional will administer a behavioral study to determine if the dog can be rehabilitated or retrained. The procedure of the hearing can be found in the City's municipal code in Chapter 6.

Tips for Preventing Dog Bites


Pet licensing is free in Kingsburg for your animal if it is spayed/neutered! 

Why you should license your pet:
  • A pet license can provide your pet safe passage home if it becomes lost. If it is injured, its license enables others to notify you more quickly.
  • A pet license also provides important proof of current rabies vaccination. While the law does not require rabies vaccinations for cats, it would be prudent for cat owners to do so because of their possible contact with wild animals and bats.
  • Dog licensing is mandatory - cat licensing is voluntary. All dogs over the age of 4 months must be licensed within 30 days. Pet owners moving into the area must also license within 30 days. A current rabies vaccination (if your dog's rabies vaccination expires July 1- October 1 of the licensing year you must bring your rabies shot current) and micro-chipping certificates are required to license your pet.

Barking Dogs

Barking dog issues can be real nuisances and difficult to resolve. We recommend speaking to your neighbor directly to inform them of the issue (they may be unaware). If this doesn't correct the issue, you can contact KPD's non-emergency number (897-2931) to report the issue. 

In the case of a dog barking call, KPD will use discretion when determining a problem. Dogs barking to protect property are not in violation of City ordinance. The responding officer will make contact with the complaining party, then complete an investigation of the concern. The officer will attempt to make contact with the pet owner to resolve the issue.  Only after the issue goes unabated will monetary citations be issued. 

Leash Law

Leash law means anytime your dog is outside a fenced enclosure it is required to be on a leash. The only exception in the City is the official off-leash dog park located on Laurel St. 

Loose Dogs

Loose dogs create a nuisance and can be a serious health/safety concern. Dogs chasing people or other animals can cause injury and/or spread disease. There is a difference between stray (unowned) animals and those who are loose with owners.  Unfortunately, some pet owners are irresponsible and don't care that they violate the law by letting their dogs run loose and create nuisances. It often takes several complaints and a number of visits by our officers to gain compliance. Reports of loose dogs (with no information as to where they live) are difficult problems to solve, especially if the dogs are not present when the officer arrives in the area. There is little the officer can do but assume the dogs have been put up by the owner or that they have moved on to locations unknown. Since an owner is not known, the officer cannot warn them about the problem. Again, it is extremely important to provide as much information as possible when filing a report.


Spaying & Neutering is an important step to help control an unwanted pet population.  The City partners with local animal centers to provide spay/neuter of loose dogs and cats.  Owned dogs and cats can be spayed/neutered by contacting your local veterinarian. 

Resources about helping stray cats:

Trap, Neuter, Return (PDF)