Welcome to Altus! In this page, we have gathered some important information for you and your pets.
These guidelines are taken from the Altus City ordinance. If you have any questions or clarifications please contact the Animal Control Department at 580-481-2285. For those who live at the Altus Air Force Base, please refer to Balfour Beatty Community pet policy form that is included in your move-in packet for additional information.
1. Rules on Tethering Animals
No person shall, at any time, fasten, chain, or tie any animal or cause such animal to be fastened, chained or tied while such animal is on the animal owner's or keeper's property or on the property of the animal owner's or keeper's landlord, except as authorized by the animal control supervisor on a temporary basis for warranted exceptional circumstances.
Any person in violation of this section shall pay a fine of at least one hundred fifty dollars ($150.00), but not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) for the first occurrence, plus court costs and any applicable fees. Any second or subsequent violation of this section shall carry a penalty of at least two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00), but not more than seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00) plus court costs and any applicable fees
2. License for dogs or cats
Personally owned dogs and cats. The owner of every dog and cat over six (6) months of age shall obtain a license for each such animal from the animal control department.
Two types of Licenses
An "A" license will be issued for each dog or cat that has been altered, provided the owner or keeper presents a current rabies vaccination certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian and documentation from a licensed veterinarian that the animal has been altered and makes payment of the required license fees as provided in the fee schedule and provides any additional information deemed necessary by the animal control department at the time of registration.
The "A" license shall be valid for the entire lifetime of that animal. An "A" license does not need to be renewed. The license is free.
A "B" license will be issued for each dog or cat that in intact, provided the owner or keeper presents a current rabies vaccination certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian, makes payment of the required license fees as provided in the fee schedule, and provides any additional information deemed necessary by the animal control department at the time of registration.
The "B" license will remain valid for one (1) year from the anniversary date the license was issued, at which time the owner or keeper must renew the "B" license. The "B" license cost $50/year.
Upon issuance of a license for a dog or cat, a tag shall be issued. The tag, of durable material, shall be designed to be easily fastened or riveted to the animal's collar or harness. The tag shall bear a number and the letter "A" or "B," corresponding to the type of license issued by the animal control department.
4. Rabies Vaccination
The owner of a dog or cat shall have such animal vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian before the animal is six (6) months old and thereafter yearly. The licensed veterinarian vaccinating the dog or cat shall furnish the owner with a certificate of vaccination and a tag to be worn by such animal indicating proof of current vaccination against rabies
5. Number of Dogs and cats
It shall be unlawful for any person, household or address to own, possess, keep or have under his control more than a total of four (4) dogs and/or cats, including any combination thereof, over six (6) months of age.
An animal control officer shall be authorized to conduct a breeding inspection to determine if the provisions of this section are being violated.
Exception: By authority/discretion of the animal control department, a written waiver may be granted to an owner having up to a total of eight (8) dogs and/or cats, including any combination thereof, over six (6) months of age if all are altered and receiving suitable care.