Pet & Animal Regulations
We love our precious pets, but it is important for all pet owners to be respectful of their neighbors and mindful of regulations relating to animals.
Annual Dog and Cat Licenses
State law and local ordinances require dog and cat owners to obtain an annual license from the Village of Union Grove. Stop by the Municipal Center during normal business hours or request licenses by mail. The fee for the license is $10.00 per neutered/spayed animals and $15.00 for un-neutered/un-spayed animals. Three or four pets in any one household requires a Pet Fancier’s License which costs $10.00 in addition to the individual licenses. A Kennel License is required for more than four pets; contact the Municipal Center for more information on the Kennel License.
Proof of rabies vaccinations and a pet license application is required for all cats and dogs. If you have licensed your pet in the past, and the rabies vaccination is still good, you do not need to submit proof – we have it on file. However, if this is a new license, or if your animal was vaccinated in the last year, please provide the certificate from the veterinarian. All animal licenses are due no later than April 1. After that, a $10.00 penalty will be assessed for each animal, and added to the license fee. An electronic copy of the pet license application can be found on the permits page.
The owner shall securely attach the license and rabies vaccination tags to a collar, and a collar with the tags attached shall be kept on the dog for which the license is issued.
No individual or family unit living together, firm, or corporation shall keep more than two dogs or cats or combination thereof in or upon one residential unit. However, a litter of pups or kittens or a portion of a litter may be kept for a period of time not exceeding five months from birth, unless the premises is licensed as a kennel or unless a resident has obtained a pet fancier’s license.
Parks and Playgrounds
No dog or cat shall be allowed in a public park, public playground, or cemetery within the Village at any time throughout the year, except dogs are allowed at the American Legion Park Dog Park.
Owners must keep their dog on a leash when outside of their property. It is unlawful for any person owning or possessing a dog or cat to permit such dog or cat to go unleashed upon any sidewalk, parkway or private lands, or premises without the permission of the owner of such premises and break, bruise, tear up, crush, injure, or defecate or urinate on any lawn, flower bed, plant, shrub, tree, or garden in any manner whatsoever. It is also unlawful for any person owning or possessing any animal to permit the animal to run at large. Any stray pets running at large within the Village may be taken to the animal shelter, and the owner may be issued a citation.
In order to keep the Village clean and sanitary for everyone, dog owners are required to pick up after their dogs when walking them. Please remember to bring a scooper, bag, or other method for clean up when walking your pet.
Habitual Barking/Noise Prohibited
Dogs that habitually bark, howl, yelp, or otherwise disturbs the peace, may be required to be removed from the Village by the owner within 72 hours after service of a written notice by the Sheriff’s Department. Upon failure to remove such dog, each day subsequent thereto may be deemed a separate offense, and the owner of such dog may be subject to daily fines.
Food and Drink
No person owning or responsible for confining or impounding any animal may refuse or neglect to supply the animal with a supply of food and water sufficient to maintain all animals in good health. If potable water is not accessible to the animals at all times, it shall be provided daily and in sufficient quantity for the health of the animal.
No person owning or responsible for confining or impounding any animal may fail to provide the animal with proper shelter:
- Minimum indoor standards of shelter shall include ambient temperature compatible with the health of the animal and shall be adequately ventilated by natural or mechanical means to provide for the health of the animal.
- Minimum outdoor standards of shelter shall include shelter from sunlight when such is likely to cause heat exhaustion or other ill effects. Natural or artificial shelter appropriate to the local climatic conditions for the species shall be provided as necessary for the health of the animal.
- Minimum indoor and outdoor standards for enclosures shall be constructed and maintained so as to provide sufficient space to allow adequate freedom of movement for the health of the animal.
- Minimum sanitation standards for both indoor and outdoor enclosures shall include daily cleaning to remove excreta and other waste materials, dirt, and trash so as to minimize health hazards.
- No person may intentionally abandon any animal.
Stray Dogs and Animal Sheltering
The Village contracts with Jodie Hoffmann of Woof Gang Rescue, Inc. for dog catching services. If you encounter a stray dog, contact Jodie at 262-930-4495. Stray dogs are sheltered at the Safe Harbor Humane Society in Kenosha, which can be reached at 262-694-4047.
Chickens and Livestock Prohibited
Village ordinances provide that no person shall keep or maintain in any zoning district any poultry, pigeons or fowl, or any animal raised for fur bearing purposes, or any livestock, including, but not limited to horses, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, or swine, whether or not such animal is domesticated, tamed, or a pet.
Wild and Exotic Animals Prohibited
Per Village ordinances, no person shall keep, maintain, or have in such person’s possession or under such person’s control any poisonous reptile, dangerous or wild animal or insect including, but not limited to, poisonous insects and arachnids, all poisonous snakes, constrictor snakes, non-human primates, bears, crocodiles, alligators, coyotes, elephants, gamecocks, and other fighting birds, hippopotami, hyenas, jaguars, leopards, lions, lynx, pumas, cougars, mountain lions, panthers, ocelots, tigers or other wild feline species, wolves, or hybrid wolf/dogs. These prohibitions do not include captive-bred species of caged birds, rodents, turtles, fish, and non-poisonous, non-constricting snakes.