City of Ottumwa Issues Dog License Reminder


Ottumwa dog owners are reminded that City dog licenses are required for any dog over the age of four months in the City of Ottumwa, unless the dog is kept in a kennel licensed by the State of Iowa for breeding and sale purposes.

The city of Ottumwa 2024 dog licenses will be available starting December 18, 2023.  The license fee is $10 per dog for spayed/neutered and $20 per dog for unspayed/unneutered, now through January 31.  On February 1st of each year, licenses from the previous year become delinquent and the fee increases to $15 per dog for spayed/neutered or $25 per dog for unspayed/unneutered. The last day to purchase a 2024 license, without penalty, will be Wednesday, January 31, 2024.   
The City passed Resolution No. 260-2019 on December 11, 2019, increasing the price of dog licenses by $5 from previous years.  This increase will not go back to the City, but to Heartland Humane Society, which is the City’s contracted animal “no-kill” shelter. 

The owner must present a current certificate signed by a licensed veterinarian showing the dog has been vaccinated against rabies.  City dog licenses are available at the Ottumwa Police Department, the City Clerk’s Office on the second floor of the Train Depot 210 West Main Street, Eastview Animal Clinic – 11596 Bladensburg Road, Ottumwa Family Animal Care – 2830 N. Court, Thomas Veterinary Clinic – 17591 Hwy 34 and Animal Health Center of Ottumwa – 305 Richmond Avenue.

In addition to licensing being a city law, it also provides the Animal Control Officer with a means of identification for quickly reuniting an owner with lost pets.  For further information, contact the City Clerk’s Office at 683-0621.

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