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  • Jennie-O Turkey Recalls Raw Ground Turkey Products due to Possible Salmonella Reading Contamination

    Jennie-O Turkey Store Sales,has issued a recall for approximately 91,388 pounds of raw ground turkey products that may be associated with an illness outbreak of Salmonella. There is a concern that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.


  • Las Palmas area bat tests positive for rabies virus

    On October 15th, 2018, a bat found in the Las Palmas area of unincorporated Monterey County tested positive for the rabies virus. While there was exposure to an owned pet, Monterey County Animal Services investigated and determined that there was no human exposure in this case and is issuing this positive test information as a reminder to pet and livestock owners.

    10/18/2018 1:30:00 PM

  • Kitten Season Special

    Monterey County Animal Services is bursting at the seams with kittens and cats. To help find them forever homes adoption fees have been reduced to $50 which includes spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations and microchip) If you want two the deal is even better! Two cats for $80.



The Law



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The Law

For a complete listing of Title 8, Animal Control Codes, please click here: see codes


All dogs and cats over 4 months of age MUST be vaccinated against the rabies virus and dogs MUST be licensed (cat licenses are voluntary). MCC 8.08.010 & 8.08.030

You have 30 days to obtain a license before a late fine is issued if you recently moved to Monterey County, your dog has reached 4 months of age, your current license has expired, or you have acquired a new dog.

Click here for more information on pet licensing or here to download an application.

Noise or Animal Complaints

Need assistance with an animal Issue?

If you live in unincorporated Monterey County, please contact Monterey County Animal Services at 831-769-8850 or fill out this form.

If you live within the incorporated boundaries of a city, please contact your local Animal Control Agency or service provider for that city.

State & County Codes for Domestic Animals

Running at Large

Dogs are not permitted to run at–large within the unincorporated territory of Monterey County at any time. MCC 8.20.010

Dog Feces

If your dog or a dog in your control or custody defecates on any public or private property, it is your responsibility to CLEAN IT UP! MCC 8.36.030


It is a misdemeanor if you abandon your animal, being defined as an act where an owner, driver, or possessor of an animal intentionally leaves an animal without provisions for ongoing care and attention. MCC 8.44.010

Female Dogs and Cats in Season

If your female dog or cat is in season (in heat), you must confine the animal within an appropriate enclosure as to prevent their escape or access to them resulting in an accidental breeding. MCC 8.20.030


If you breed any cat or dog more than once per calendar year or maintain more than two litters per calendar year, you are considered a kennel and must obtain a Breeder/Kennel permit. MCC 8.04.010

Hit and Run

It is unlawful to fail to render assistance or call for assistance after knowingly hitting a deer, other wildlife, or a domestic animal with a motorized vehicle on public property. MCC 8.44.050

Feeding of Wildlife

Feeding wildlife in any way is not permitted, with the exception of a bird feeder in the yard. MCC 8.42.012

Rooster Ordinance

farm_MJG8Z4cuEffective July 14, 2015, Monterey County Code Ordinance 5249 requires permitting for Rooster Keeping Operations where 5 or more roosters are kept on any single property within the unincorporated areas of Monterey County.

The purpose of the Rooster Ordinance is to balance the legitimate interests of agricultural businesses and agricultural educational organizations with the prevention of rooster keeping that is unsanitary, environmentally damaging, inhumane, and conducive to illegal cockfighting.

purple pawDid you know? No Rooster Keeping Operation can legally operate in the unincorporated areas of Monterey County without either a permit exemption or a permit.

For a complete list of the forms, permit process, and presentations, please visit:Rooster Ordinance.


Pet Breeding

Current yearly permit for a breeder/kennel varies from $125.00 to $625.00 per year depending on the number of animals housed on the premises. For complete pricing details, click here.

 purple pawDid you know? If you breed any cat or dog more than once per calendar year or maintain more than two litters per calendar year, you are considered a kennel and must obtain a Breeder/Kennel permit. MCC 8.04.010


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