DeKalb County Health Dept.

Animal Control

The goal of Animal Control (AC) is to prevent the spread of rabies through vaccinations and education and support a database of registered dogs and cats. AC staff are responsible for enforcing county ordinances and state laws pertaining to animal-related complaints. Investigations are done regarding nuisance complaints, allegations of animal cruelty or neglect, as well as reports of stray, roaming or injured animals; or dangerous, vicious or biting animals.

Rabies vaccinations and tags are available at veterinary clinics in DeKalb County. If your dog was vaccinated out of county, rabies tags can be obtained at the Health Department.

Stray dogs picked up will be taken to Malta Veterinary Clinic . Dogs picked up in the south end of the county may be taken to Sandwich Veterinary Hospital.  Call to inquire about the procedure and fees to claim your dog.

Click link for  List of County Veterinarian Clinics


Fees for Dog Vaccinations, Registration and Tags

Environmental Health & Animal Control Fees .pdf

*Unaltered dogs that are unable to be altered due to medical reasons (as determined by a veterinarian) will pay the altered rate. Puppies 9 months and under also pay the altered rate.


Freedom of Information Action (FOIA) (pdf)

Animal Control Frequently Asked Questions

1. What if I get bitten by an animal?

2. Is there a leash law in DeKalb County?

3. Do I need to buy tags for my dog?

4. How do I get a tag for my dog that was vaccinated or adopted outside of DeKalb County?

5. Does Animal Control pick up stray dogs?

6. Is there a fee to get my dog out of impound?

7. Does Animal Control pick up stray cats?

8. Does my cat need a tag?

9. What about wildlife?

10. What if a bat is in my home?

11. What do I do if I have lost my pet or found a pet?

Laws and Regulations

DeKalb County Code - Chapter 10- Animals
Animal Control Act
Humane Care for Animals Act

Contact Us

Phone: 815-748-2427 (Monday-Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM)
After hours: Call your local police to contact Animal Control
Fax: 815-748-2485
Email: (DeKalb County, Illinois).