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Animal Control

The goal of Animal Control (AC) is to prevent the spread of rabies through vaccinations and education and support a database of registered dogs and cats. AC staff are responsible for enforcing county ordinances and state laws pertaining to animal-related complaints. Investigations are done regarding nuisance complaints, allegations of animal cruelty or neglect, as well as reports of stray, roaming or injured animals; or dangerous, vicious or biting animals.

Rabies vaccinations and tags are available at veterinary clinics in DeKalb County. If your dog or cat was vaccinated out of county, rabies tags can be obtained at the Health Department.

Stray dogs picked up will be taken to Malta Veterinary Clinic . Dogs picked up in the south end of the county may be taken to Sandwich Veterinary Hospital.  Call to inquire about the procedure and fees to claim your dog.

Wildlife Removal Service Listing

Report a Coyote Sighting

DeKalb County List of Veterinary Clinics/Hospitals updated as of 07/30/2021

Fees for Dog and Cat Vaccinations, Registration and Tags

Registration 1 year altered$20.00
Registration 1 year unaltered $40.00
Registration 3 years altered $52.00
Registration 3 years unaltered $104.00
Late Registration$15.00
Impoundment/Pickup First Offense$80.00
Additional Dog/One Pickup$30.00
Relinquishment Fee altered$50.00
Relinquishment Fee unaltered$75.00
Replacement Tag Fee$10.00

*Unaltered dogs/cats that are unable to be altered due to medical reasons (as determined by a veterinarian) will pay the altered rate. Puppies/Kittens 9 months and under also pay the altered rate.


Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Frequently Asked Questions

Laws and Regulations

DeKalb County Code – Chapter 18- Dogs & Cats
Animal Control Act
Humane Care for Animals Act


Contact Us

Phone: 815-748-2427 (Monday-Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM)

After hours: Call your local police to contact Animal Control

Fax: 815-748-2485

Email: (DeKalb County, Illinois).