Dogs & Animal Regulations
If you need Animal Control services, please call 928-774-1414, press 1 and then press 8.
Animal and Dog Regulations for the City of Flagstaff are identified in the City Code.
You can view "City Code," then "Title 6 - Police Regulations, then Chapter 6-02 - Dogs, or Chapter 6-03 Animals.
6-02-001-0001 Failure to Control Dog
- Dog at Large: Every person owning or having charge, care, custody or control of any dog of any age shall keep such dog exclusively upon his or her own premises; provided, however, that the dog may be off such premises if it is under the control of a competent person and restrained by a chain, leash, rope or cord of sufficient strength to contain and control such dog.
- Vicious Dog:
- No person owning or having charge, care, custody, or control of a vicious dog shall permit such dog off his premises unless such dog is under the control of a competent person and is securely leashed and muzzled.
- No person owning or having charge, care, custody, or control of a vicious dog shall permit said vicious dog to be unconfined. (Ordinance 1395, October 1, 1985)
- Vicious dog:
- A dog that bites a human being without provocation; or
- A dog with a known propensity, tendency, or disposition to bite human beings; or
- A dog that while at large kills or causes injury to domestic animals; or
- A dog declared to be a vicious dog by a City Magistrate after a determination at a hearing of a pattern of aggressive behavior that has caused injury, apprehension or intimidation of a person.
- Unconfined means while on the premises of its owner or the person having charge, care, custody or control of such dog, the dog is not securely indoors or within a securely enclosed and locked pen or dog run area. Such pen or dog run area must be adequate to prevent the dog's escape from the pen or dog run area. (Ordinance 1395, October 1, 1985)
- Premises means any property that is owned or leased by the dog owner, or the person having charge, care, custody, or control over the dog.
- Vicious dog:
(Amended May 3, 2005 , Ordinance 2005-12)
Every dog found running at large within the City limits may be impounded at a pound to be designated by the Chief of Police, and there kept for a period of 72 hours.
If the owner of the dog found running at large within the City limits can be ascertained at the time of or immediately following the occurrence of the violation of this Chapter, the Animal Control Officer may issue a citation to that owner in lieu of impounding the dog. The procedure for the issuance of citations and notices to appear shall be as provided for peace officers in section 13-3903, Arizona Revised Statutes, except that the Animal Control Officer shall not make an arrest.
(Ordinance 1064, September 5, 1978); (Amended, May 3, 2005, Ordinance 2005-12)
6-02-001-0003 Redemptions; Fees
Within 72 hours after the impoundment of the dog under the provisions of the preceding section, if the ownership of the dog is proven and the owner calls for it, he shall be able to remove it on the payment of a fee in accordance with the following table together with the costs of impoundment, said fees to be paid to the City Treasurer or his designated agent. (Ordinance 1810, June 15, 1993).
|First occurrence of impoundment||$50|
|Second occurrence of impoundment for same dog and same owner within 12 months||$100|
|Third occurrence of impoundment for same dog and same owner within 12 months||$200|
|Fourth occurrence of impoundment for same dog and same owner within 12 months||$400|
If such dog is licensed and the collar bearing the license number is lost or the license tag is lost, the replacement of such at the expense of the owner shall be required before he is allowed to remove the dog. If the dog is unlicensed, the owner who desires to redeem the dog shall deliver a certificate of vaccination to the City Treasurer, or his designated agent, and pay to him the required license fee and other fees in accordance with the provisions of this Chapter, and thereupon the owner so reclaiming such dog shall be entitled to a license and numbered tag as provided in this Chapter. (Ordinance 1395, 10-1-85)
(Ordinance Number 1810, Amended, June 15, 1993 ; Ordinance Number 200512; Amended, May 3, 2005)
6-02-001-0004 Destruction of Dogs
If the ownership of an impounded dog is not proven within 72 hours, the dog shall be destroyed in a humane manner; provided, however, that the City, through its own animal shelter or with an entity providing animal control services pursuant to contract, may give or sell any such unredeemed dog to any person who will procure for the dog the necessary collar or collar and tag with a license number thereon, and furnish the necessary vaccination as provided in this Chapter and the fees required in the preceding Section. (Ordinance 1810, June 15, 1993)
(Ordinance Number 1810, Amended, June 15, 1993 )
6-02-001-0005 Interference with Officers Prohibited
It shall be unlawful for any person to interfere with or oppose the Chief of Police, or any of his officers, or animal control officers, while engaged in the performance of this Chapter.
(Ordinance 942, January 13, 1975)
6-02-001-0006 Vaccination of Dogs
Every person who keeps a dog within the City shall cause such dog to be vaccinated against rabies and shall obtain from the Treasurer, or his designated agent, an annual license for the keeping of such dog. No license shall be issued unless at the time of applying for the annual license the applicant presents to the City Treasurer, or his designated agent, a certificate showing the dog to have been vaccinated against rabies by an approved veterinarian or institution within the time period for vaccination or revaccination as designated by the State Veterinarian.
(Ordinance 1281, August 2, 1983; Ordinance Number 2005-12; Amended, May 3, 2005)
6-02-001-0007 License Tag
- Required: Every person who keeps a dog within the City shall, in addition to the vaccination and license required by this Chapter, obtain from the Treasurer or his designated agent a dog tag, for all dogs three months of age or older. The dog tag fee is $10 for each neutered or spayed dog or $20 for each unneutered or unspayed dog to be tagged and shall be paid to the City Treasurer or his designated agent. The maximum fee for purchase of multiple dog tags by one owner owning five or more dogs shall be $80. The City Treasurer, or his designated agent, shall procure and keep in his office such number of metal tags as may be necessary and of such size and shape as he shall deem expedient, and upon payment to him by any person of the proper sum as herein provided, shall issue to each person for each sum so paid one of said tags, after having stamped thereon the number of the same, numbering such tags consecutively in the order of said payments, and shall also furnish every person paying such sum a receipt for each and every payment so made and register the name of the person, the amount paid and the number or numbers of such receipts in a book to be kept in his office for such purpose. Duplicate or replacement tags shall be available for $1 for each tag.
- Exemption: Notwithstanding any section of this Title, a dog is exempt from any license fee if said dog was procured from, and within three years shall be returned to, any nonprofit organization which consequently trains the dog as a service or assistance dog used by an individual with a disability. (Ordinance 1864, April 18, 1995)
(Ordinance Number 1647, Amended, 11/21/89; Ordinance Number 1810, Amended, June 15, 1993; Ordinance Number 2005-12; Amended, May 3, 2005)
6-02-001-0008 Collars Required
At all times when a dog is off the premises of its owner, said dog shall have a collar around its neck with the metal tag aforesaid securely fastened thereto.
(Ordinance 942, January 13, 1975; Ordinance Number 2005-12; Amended, May 3, 2005 )
6-02-001-0009 Term of License
The license and dog tag issued under this Chapter shall expire and become automatically ineffective as a means of protection to dogs one year after the date issues, or upon expiration of the required rabies vaccination. A fee in the sum of five dollars ($5) shall be assessed as a late fee for relicensing of dogs after the expiration date. Any dog tag or license issued under the provisions of this Chapter may be removed or the privileges therein given suspended at any time at the discretion of the Council by resolution duly passed at any regular or special meeting.
(Ordinance 1196, 3-2-82; Ordinance Number 2005-12; Amended, May 3, 2005)
6-02-001-0010 Ability to Contract
The City, through its City Manager, may enter into any contractual agreements which provide for the services necessary to implement the provisions of this Chapter, appoint an agent or agents of the City with authority to issue licenses and tags, to collect fees as provided in this Chapter, give receipts therefor and remit such fees to the City Treasurer. (Ordinance 1810, June 15, 1993)
(Ordinance Number 1810, Amended, June 15, 1993)
6-02-001-0011 Prohibited Acts
- Dog fighting: No person shall own or harbor any dog for the purpose of dog fighting, or training of a dog to attack or cause any injury to any domestic animal.
- Neglect: It is unlawful for any person owning or having charge, care, custody or control of any dog within the City limits to not properly care for said dog. To properly care for a dog requires providing the dog with sufficient food and water, maintaining the dog in good health, providing the dog with adequate shelter from the elements, and keeping dog pens or dog runs clean and sanitary, generally free of fecal and other matter than may attract flies, rodents, or cause an offensive odor that may disturb the comfort of any person.
- Barking or howling dogs: It is unlawful for any person owning or having the care, custody or control of any dog to permit said dog to bark, bay, howl or make any other noise, day or night, in such an unreasonable manner as to disturb the peace and quiet of any person or persons.
- Animal cruelty: A person commits animal cruelty if the person does any of the following:
- Intentionally, knowingly or recklessly cruelly beats, tortures, torments, mutilates or unlawfully kills an animal.
- Intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causes, permits or authorizes the cruel beating, torturing, tormenting, mutilation or unlawful killing of an animal.
- Intentionally, knowingly or recklessly cruelly drives or works an animal when unfit for labor.
- Intentionally, knowingly or recklessly causes, permits or authorizes an animal to be cruelly driven or worked when unfit for labor.
(Ordinance Number 1810, Amended, June 15, 1993)
6-02-001-0012 Violations, Penalties
- A violation of Section 6-02-001-0006, Vaccination of Dogs or Section 6-02-001-0007, License Tag is a petty offense and is punishable by a maximum fine of $300. A violation of Section 6-02-001-0001 (A), Dog at Large is a class two misdemeanor and is punishable by a fine of not less than fifty dollars ($50). A violation of Section 6-02-001-0001 (B), Vicious Dog is a class one misdemeanor and is punishable by a fine of not less than two hundred dollars ($200). A violation of any other Section of this Chapter is a class two misdemeanor and is punishable by a maximum fine of $750 and/or up to four months in jail.
- Upon a conviction for a violation of Section 6-02-001-0001 (B), Vicious Dog, the City Magistrate may hold a hearing to determine if sufficient cause exists to destroy said vicious dog, and if sufficient cause is found then the Magistrate shall order the humane destruction of the dog. However, if the vicious dog has previously been the subject of a Vicious Dog conviction, the City Magistrate shall hold a hearing to determine if sufficient cause exists to destroy said vicious dog, and if sufficient cause is found then the Magistrate shall order the humane destruction of the dog.
Upon a conviction for a violation of Section 6-02-001-0011 (A) Dog fighting, (B) Neglect or (D) Cruelty, the City Magistrate may hold a hearing to determine if sufficient cause exists to order the dog owner to relinquish the dog for its protection, and if such cause is found then the court shall order that the owner relinquish the dog.
- When a person convicted of a violation of Section 6-02-001-0001 hereof has previously been convicted of a violation of that Section within a period of 12 months, such person shall be punished by a fine of not less than $150, except if violation involves a "vicious dog" such person shall be punished by a fine of not less than $500. The dates of the commission of the offense shall be the determining factor in applying the above increased penalty rule. The City Magistrate shall also order the defendant to pay a $100 surcharge to the City Treasurer to offset the City's cost of funding an animal shelter.
(Ordinance Number 1810, Amended, 06/15/983; Ordinance Number 1810, Amended, June 15, 1993; Ordinance 2005-12; Amended May 3, 2005)
- Nothing in this Chapter shall apply to a training agency or officer while acting in the scope of their official duty.
- Dogs, not including vicious dogs, being exhibited or trained at a recognized kennel event, public school or park sponsored event, need not be restrained during such exhibition or training.
(Ordinance 1395, 10-1-85; Ordinance 2005-12; amended May 3, 2005)
If any provision, clause, sentence, or paragraph of this Ordinance or the application thereof to any person or circumstances shall be held invalid, that invalidity shall not affect the other provisions of this Ordinance which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this Ordinance are declared to be severable.
6-03-001-0001 Keeping of Certain Animals
It is hereby declared to be a nuisance, injurious to health, a source of filth and cause of sickness, and it shall be unlawful for any person excepting as hereinafter provided to keep or maintain swine, cattle, mules, burros, sheep, goats, poultry, fowl, rabbits, guinea pigs or horses within the City limits; provided, however, that the following animals may be maintained within the City limits with the following restrictions:
- All of said animals may be maintained within areas of the City zoned R-R.
- Not to exceed two adult sheep may be maintained in all areas of the City provided that such animals shall not be maintained or permitted within 75 feet of any residence building.
- Not to exceed 25 female poultry may be maintained within the City limits provided that said animals shall not be maintained within 50 feet of any residence building.
- Not to exceed five adult rabbits, with litters not to exceed 12 weeks of age may be maintained in all areas of the City but shall not be maintained within 50 of any residence building.
The above shall not apply to such animals or fowl that are in transit or kept by a regularly recognized business for commercial purposes.
No such animals shall be permitted to be maintained in accordance with the terms of this Section except when authorized by the Chief of Police when he has found that a nuisance does not or will not exist as that term is defined in Section 13-601 A.R.S. No authorization shall be given by the Chief of Police to any person who has been convicted of a violation of this Section or other provisions of this City Code.
Upon determining the violation of any of the provisions hereof, the Chief of Police shall give written notice to the person violating this Chapter to remedy the violation by removing or causing to be removed said animal kept in violation of this Chapter within 48 hours after the time said notice was given, and if said animal or animals shall be deemed to be in violation of the terms of this Chapter then the owner thereof shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and the Chief of Police shall, upon such failure to remove said animals, abate the nuisance created by maintaining said animal or animals contrary to this Chapter in accordance with the terms and conditions of Sections 36-602 and 36-603, A.R.S. (Ordinance 513, January 24, 1961)