Animal Control

Lewis and Clark County Dog Control Ordinance Summary

Vaccinations: All dogs 6 months or older must be vaccinated against rabies. The vaccinations must be kept current and the rabies tag must be worn on the dogs collar or harness.

License: All dogs in the dog control district, 6 months or older, must be licensed. The licenses expire on January 31st and are delinquent after March 1st. Purchase licenses at the County Treasurer's Office. You will need a copy of the dogs rabies vaccination certificate. The fee is $15 for spayed or neutered dogs, $25 for unaltered dogs. After March 1st, a $5 delinquent fee is added. Dog Licenses for the current year are now available at the City-County building, 316 N Park, room 113. You may also download the application here. (Word) (PDF)

Restraint: All dogs in the dog control district must be on their owners property, in vehicle, on a leash or under voice control at all times.

Public Nuisance: is defined as any dog that threatens, injures, or damages people or property, livestock or other pets, an abandoned dog or a barking dog.

Any dog in violation of the above may be impounded at the Humane Society. After 3 days, the dog may be euthanized or placed for adoption. The impound fee is $25 plus $15/day boarding. The fines for violations of the above are $50- first offense, $75 - second offense, $150 - third and subsequent offenses.

Animal Bites: If a dog or cat bites a person and it is determined that the animal is not current on rabies vaccination, the animal will be quarantined at the owners expense at a licensed kennel or a veterinarians office for a minimum of ten days. If the owner is unwilling or unable to quarantine the animal it must be humanely destroyed and a sample sent to the laboratory for rabies testing.

Vicious Dogs: any dog that without provocation bites or attempts to bite any person or that has killed or injured another animal, the penalty for the 1st offense is a fine of $200 or destruction of the dog or both. For a second offense, the fine is $500 and the dog is destroyed.

This is a summary of the Animal Control Ordinance.  If you have any questions please call Sheriff's dispatch 447-8293 to speak with the Animal Control officer.

Lewis & Clark County Dog Control Ordinance


Patrol Bureau


Dispatch - (406) 447-8293

Patrol Captain Brent Colbert: (406) 447-8247

Sgt. Matt Reighard: (406) 447-8248

Sgt. Brian Robinson: (406) 447-8248

Sgt. Chris Weiss: (406) 447-8248

Sgt. Kevin Wright: (406) 447-8831

Sgt. Uriah Wood: (406) 457-8831

The benefits of licensing your pet:

Peace of mind: we know you care about your K9 family member.

A ticket home: Your license provides them with a way home and you could avoid a ticket for no license. First time ticket for a no license is $50.00.

Safe shelter: Good food, a warm bed and emergency care.

For further information about Animal Control call the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Office non-emergency phone number at 447-8293.