Animal Control


Residents must have a license for each dog over 6 months of age.

Licenses are for 2 year intervals; the current licenses are for 2021 to 2022. They can be purchased at City Hall for a fee of $20. Proof of rabies vaccination is required at the time you purchase the license. View the Pet License Application (PDF).

Owner Responsibilities

  • Owners will not allow any dog to run at large, and every owner of a dog is required to confine the animal to the owner's property by training, fencing, or leashing.
  • All dogs and cats, over the age of six months, must have rabies vaccination.
  • Owner of dog shall be responsible for cleaning up any feces of the animal and disposing of the feces in a sanitary manner. More than six piles of feces in the yard may result in a violation

Limits on Number of Pets

There is a limit of three dogs over the age of six months and four cats over the age of six months.

No more that five domestic animals – combination of dogs and cats - are permitted.

Public Nuisance & Vicious Animals

Complaints about Public Nuisance and Vicious Animals are handled by Monticello’s contracted Animal Control Officer and/or the Wright County Sheriff’s Office.

Public Nuisance Animals

By ordinance "Public Nuisance Animal(s)" are animals which:

  1. Are repeatedly found at large
  2. Damage the property of anyone other than its owner
  3. Is/are vicious
  4. Cause fouling of the air by odor
  5. Cause unsanitary conditions of enclosures or surroundings
  6. Number of types is dangerous to public health, safety, or welfare
  7. Excessively make disturbing noises
  8. Molests passer(s)by or passing vehicles
  9. Attack other domestic animals

Vicious Animals

By ordinance, Vicious Animals are animal(s) that are a physical threat to people or other animals because of one or more attacks causing property damage or physical injury, however slight.