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Animal Control Division

Animal ControlStatement of Function
The Animal Control division's function is to enforce the local regulations regarding the possession, ownership, care and custody of domestic animals within Indian River County in order to ensure public safety and assist in prevention of animal cruelty. Its duties include receiving, capturing, and impounding any domestic animal running or roaming at large, maintaining an animal licensing program and ascertaining adherence to animal vaccination laws. Indian River County code pertaining to Animal Control.

NOTICE: New Tethering Ordinance

Indian River County has a new tethering ordinance for pets. Here are some basics of the ordinance. You can also view the entire ordinance here.

Animal Control Complaint Reporting  
Indian River County
City of Vero Beach
Locations within Indian River County (Including Sebastian and Fellsmere) EXCLUDING locations within Vero Beach City limits, use the following form:
Animal Control Complaint Form
To report a complaint for all locations within Vero Beach City limits, call the Vero Beach Police Department at 772-978-4600

LicensesIndian River County ordinance requires pets to have a current rabies vaccination and a county license for every dog and cat. Licenses are required annually. Licenses for dogs and cats can be purchased Monday through Friday at the Animal Control Division office from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Proof of current rabies vaccination is required in order to purchase a license. Licenses are also available at other locations and through the mail. Call Animal Control at (772) 226-3485 for information.

License Fees
A one year license for a sterile pet is 10.00 dollars an 25.00 dollars for a three year license. A non-sterile pet is 20.00 dollars for a one year license and 50.00 for a three year license. Please note a three year license can only be purchased if your pet has had a recent three year rabies vaccination. One year licenses can be purchased with a three year rabies vaccination, but will have to pay full price for a one year license. A replacement tag can be purchased for 5.00 dollars.

2017/2018 Goals & Objectives

  • Continue to update County animal control ordinances.
  • Continue to strive to educate the public on the importance of responsible pet ownership.
  • Work with outside agencies throughout Indian River County to reduce overlapping services, so that the most efficient delivery of resources is achieved.
  • Continue to work together with outside agencies to minimize Animal Cruelty in Indian River County.
  • Continue to communicate with veterinarian facilities and streamline the licensing process to be more efficient for the public.