Animal Control

The Belle Plaine Police Department performs the duties of animal control. The Belle Plaine City Pound is used to house dogs that are found running at-large within the city, until the owners can be located. The City Pound is located at the City Sewer Facility at 80th and Line. No animal shall be released without the permission of the Police Department. No animal will be released without proof of current rabies immunization, being registered with the City and payment of impound fine.


    • All animals must be registered with the City of Belle Plaine annually, before March 1 of each year.

    • Animals are registered at the City Office, 401 North Merchant, during normal business hours.

    • Registration fees are: $5.00 for each spayed or neutered cat or; or $10.00 for each unspayed or unneutered cat or dog. After March 1 the price for registration doubles.

    • Registering and tagging your animal provides the city with contact information should your animal get loose.

    • All animals must be current with their rabies immunization.

    • Keep your animals on your property with proper housing, food, and water.

    • Click here to see the complete City Code on animals.

Keep pets tagged under City Code

All cats and dogs in Belle Plaine must be licensed and tagged under City Code. Licensing helps ensure public (and animal) health by requiring up-to-date rabies vaccinations. More importantly, if they are found running loose, Belle Plaine police have a better chance of finding the owner quickly.

Licensing is easy – bring the vaccination certificate from your veterinarian to City Hall and pay $10 (only $5 if they are spayed or neutered) for the tag.

City Code states that pets not tagged by March 1 will pay double fees. That is enforced.