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