Animal Licenses and Policies

Cats and Dogs

These regulations* are intended to prevent pets from becoming public nuisances and to control the diseases these animals are capable of transmitting to humans.
Licensing: All dogs and cats must be licensed annually with the City for a fee of $10.00 per year. The animal's Cook County Rabies Inoculation Certification Number must be provided to receive a City license. Applications are available from the cashier at City Hall.
Number of Pets: No one may keep or harbor more than three dogs and three cats, over the age of three months, at any one time. Please note that any person who provides food or shelter to a stray animal is considered the owner of that animal.
Defecation Control: To walk a dog in Park Ridge, the dog must be on a leash and an implement or means for removing dog excrement must be carried. It is unlawful to leave your dog's excrement on any public or private property. Remember that animal excrement must not be allowed to accumulate even on your own property. Excrement must be disposed of properly.
Animal Bites: All dog and cat bites must be reported directly to the Police Department. Animals that have bitten or injured any person must be taken to a licensed veterinarian within 24 hours after the incident for a rabies examination. The animal must then be confined for a period of 10 days either at the veterinary hospital, if the animal did not have a current rabies vaccination, or at home. Call the Police Department for assistance to apprehend any wild or stray animal that has bitten someone. The animal must be examined for rabies in order for the injured person to avoid receiving preventative rabies inoculations.
Impoundment of Strays: Any dog found running at large (off the premises of the owner and not under control by a leash) within the City of Park Ridge may be impounded.
Noise: It is unlawful to allow a dog or cat to disturb the peace by barking, howling or whining. 
Call the Police Department at 847-318-5252:
  1. To apprehend a dog at large.
  2. To report a barking dog that is disturbing the peace.
  3. To remove a wild animal that is within the inhabited area of your house.
  4. To report an animal not being cared for properly.
  5. To report an animal bite.
  6. To transport a captured, stray or nuisance cat for impoundment. 
Call the Public Works Department at 847-318-5240:
  1. To remove a dead animal from a public thoroughfare. 
Call the Environmental Health Officer at 847-318-5281:
  1. To obtain information regarding insect, rodent or animal control.
  2. To report a nuisance created by a wild animal.
  3. To report a nuisance created by the accumulation of excrement from a neighbor's pet.
  4. To report a nuisance created by a cat. 
* These regulations can be found in the Municipal Code, Article 5, Chapter 8 entitled "ANIMALS." Compliance with the City Animal Regulations is just a matter of practicing common courtesy toward your neighbors and your pet.
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