Animal Control and Licensing
Crete is surrounded by open farm ground. A river and a creek flow through our city and there are many lakes in the area all supporting wildlife and feral animals. Eradication or even full “control” of these animal populations is impractical. The city government does expend reasonable effort to provide animal control. (Return to Crete Police Department Main Page)
The Police Department is Crete’s Animal Control Authority and enforces Chapter 6, Article 1 of the City Code: Animal Regulations, referenced in this article. One department employee works part-time to perform animal control tasks among many other duties. When that employee is absent, police officers perform limited animal control duties as other responsibilities and priorities permit.
The key to animal control is owner responsibility. The city asks residents to: Please keep your animals under your control and license your domestic dogs and cats.
Owning and/or Keeping Animals
Owners are responsible for their animal(s). Anyone who provides food, water or shelter to a stray or feral animal becomes its owner and is responsible for the animal and any offspring; this includes ensuring proper vaccinations, licensing, control, etc. (§6-103 , , ).
- Permitted Animals: The city prohibits a wide array of animals from being in the city limits. Those which are allowed are: domestic dogs and cats and other domestic animals limited to aquarium fish, domestic amphibians, domestic birds, domestic reptiles (nonvenomous, non-constricting snakes less than four feet in length), domestic rodents, and domestic ferrets. Possession of other animals is prohibited. (§6-103, ; §6-104 to §6-107)
- Licensing: Domestic dog and cat and service animal licenses may be obtained at the police station (1945 Forest Ave.) during daytime business hours. Owners are required to present a valid rabies vaccination certificate for each animal. Licenses are not required for other domestic animals. (§6-109 to §6-109.07, §6-112)
- Domestic dog or cat (Spayed/Neutered): $10/year plus $1/year for the State of NE
- Domestic dog or cat (Not spayed/Neutered): $20/year plus $1/year for the State of NE
- Service Animal: None
- Collar and Metallic Tags: Every domestic dog and cat and every service animal must wear a collar and have a city license tag and a rabies certification tag (issued by the owner’s veterinarian). On a separate tag (or on the reverse of one of the other tags) the city requires the owner’s name.
- Owner’s Control: Owners are responsible for controlling their domestic dogs and cats. These animals may not run-at-large in Crete regardless of where an owner or the animal may reside. ((§6-105, §6-108.09, §6-110 to §6-110.03)
- Service Animals: The City supports the lawful use and care of service animals recognized by state law. Owners of animals which do not receive such recognition must adhere to all City Codes which pertain to such animals. (§6-112 to §6-112.02)
Impounded Domestic Dogs and Cats
At times, the city will impound or even hold animals. Owners wishing to retrieve their animal must do so within a short period of time, ensuring the released animal will meet applicable code requirements. In most circumstances, these may be paid at the police station during daytime business hours.
- Rabies Vaccination: Owners of impounded, unlicensed domestic dogs and cats must either present a valid rabies vaccination certificate at the police station or pay for their animal to be properly vaccinated before the impounded animal will be released. (§6-113 to §6-113.08)
- License: Owners of unlicensed, impounded domestic dogs and cats who reside in Crete must license their animal at the police station before the impounded animal will be released. (§6-109 to §6-109.07, §6-112)
- Costs: Owners are required to pay all associated impound fees and costs before the impounded animal will be released. (§6-102.05 to §6-102.06)
Fines & Fees
Owners who are in violation of Animal Regulations may receive a citation and appear in court, should they desire. In most circumstances, owners may be permitted to pay the applicable fines at the police station. The city does not retain fines. By law, these are passed to other governmental agencies. (§6-102.06)