Do I need to register my pet & how do I do so? All cats and dogs 6 months of age or older must be licensed. The fee is $5. The rules mat be found here. The form for registering your pet is available here. Contact the City Administrator if you have questions.
Does my pet need to be vaccinated against rabies? All dogs or cats 6 months or older must be vaccinated against rabies. A tag showing evidence of vaccination shall be attached to the dog's collar.
Does my pet need to be fenced or on a leash & what are the penalties if it gets loose? Yes. All unattended animals must be kept in an enclosed kennel or fence of sufficient strength to prevent the animal from escaping. No animal may be chained or roped on a stake while left unattended for an extended period of time.
In addition, even if someone is with the pet, it is unlawful to allow the dog or cat to go on other people's property and cause damage or interfere with the property. It is also unlawful to allow a pet to cause annoyance or disturbance by frequent and habitual howling, yelping, barking or otherwise; or by running after or chasing people, bicycles, automobiles or other vehicles.
1st offense: verbal warning
2nd offense: $25
3rd offense or more: $50 to $500.00 per occurrence
How do I report a loose pet or other animal? Ireton is a community of "good neighbors". If you see a loose pet and can identify the owner, please contact them and ask them to keep their pet under control before you do anything else. If the problem persists, you may report the problem to the police. Pet owners are also reminded to be a good neighbor and to obey Ireton's leash/kennel ordinance
If you see any loose animal that seems to have difficulties (e.g. a "drunken-walking" or "foaming at the mouth" skunk, opossum, or other animal, loose coyote, etc.), stay away from it. Call City Maintenance (278-2214); City Offices (278-2112); Police (712-551-4430) or Dial 911.
If my pet is picked up, where is it taken? It is taken to the West Sioux Vet Clinic, 4187 Birch Avenue, Hawarden (Phone: 712-552-2812). Contact the Police (712-551-4430) to make arrangements to retrieve your pet.
Are there certain animals that are prohibited within the City Limits? Yes. Dangerous animals are generally prohibited. A dangerous animal is any which is not naturally tame or gentle, and which is capable of inflicting serious injury upon or causing disease in people or domestic animals (or that have a tendency to do so). At its June 17, 2013 meeting the Ireton City Council amended its animal control ordinance with regard to vicious animals. You may read the amended ordinance here.
The following animals have been deemed dangerous and are prohibited:
- Lions, tigers, jaguars, leopards, cougars, lynx, and bobcats;
- Wolves, coyotes, and foxes;
- Badgers, wolverines, weasels, skunks and mink;
- Monkeys, chimpanzees, and apes;
- Alligators and crocodiles;
- Scorpions, gila monsters;
- Snakes that are venomous or are constrictors;
- Pit Bull Dogs: “pit bull” is defined as any dog that is an American Pit Bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, or any dog which has the appearance and characteristics of being predominately of one or more of the foregoing breeds as measured against the standards established by the American Kennel Club or United Kennel Club for any of the foregoing breeds.
- The City Council may also deem other animals dangerous in the future