Animal Regulations

Eaton County Animal Control

The City of Eaton Rapids is serviced by Eaton County Animal Control

The County investigates and responds to complaints involving domestic animals.  Complaints involving non domestic animals are the responsibility of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Office Hours:

Monday through Friday (except holidays) 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Kennel Hours:

Monday through Friday (except holidays) 8:00 a.m. to 12 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Services:

Missing/Lost Animals – Adoptions – Licensing – Investigation of cruelty and abuse cases involving animals

For more information, contact the Eaton County Animal Control at (517) 543-5755.

Dog Licenses

The Staff at City Hall is happy to help you register and license your dog.  Dog licenses are available at City Hall from December 1st until February 28th.  After that date you will need to register and purchase your license at the Eaton County Treasurers Office or Eaton County Animal Control. The deadline for dog license purchase is May 31st of the current year.

All citizens in Eaton Rapids are required to license their dogs that are four months or older.  A current rabies vaccination certificate from a licensed Michigan veterinarian is required in order to license dogs.  There is no reciprocity for out of state dog licenses, however, dog licenses from other Michigan counties are recognized.  The deadline for dog license purchase is May 31st of the current year.

License Fees:

Spayed/neutered dogs            $10.00

Sexed dogs                                 $15.00

Late fee (after May 31st)         $30.00

The City of Eaton Rapids has regulations regarding animals within the City Limits.  All of the regulations can be viewed in its entirety by viewing the Eaton Rapids City Code.

Pet regulations per the City Code, Chapter 5, Chapter 8.49, Chapter 14.54 and Chapter 15.26, are as follows

Section 5-5.  Dogs at Large

  • An owner or person responsible for any dog shall not permit the dog to run at large within the incorporated boundaries of the city.  A dog shall be deemed running at large if it is not confined within a pen or fenced enclosure, or is not on a leash or tether of sufficient construction and material so that the dog is under control of the owner or person responsible for the dog.
  • This section shall not apply to trained leader dogs for the blind when being used by a blind person for the purpose for which the dog was trained or to a trained police dog working under direction of a sworn police officer in the performance of duties for which the dog has been trained.
  • A violation of this section shall be deemed a misdemeanor.

Section 8-49.  Animals prohibited

  • No person shall allow any domestic animal on city cemetery grounds.  A person who violates this section is responsible for a municipal civil infraction, subject to payment of a civil fine as set forth in section 2-132.  Repeat offenses shall be subject to increased fines as set forth in section 2-132.

Section 14-54.  Riding of horses on sidewalks prohibited

  • Horses shall not be ridden or walked on a sidewalk located within the city.  Violation of this section shall be processed as a civil infraction, and any person found to have committed a civil infraction shall be ordered to pay a civil fine of not more than one hundred dollars ($100.00) and costs.

Section 15-26.  Loud noises prohibited; enumeration of prohibited noises; exceptions

  • Animal and bird noises.  The keeping of any animal or bird which, by causing frequent or long continued noise, shall disturb the comfort or repose of any person.


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