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Dog License Application & Animal Control Law

Animal control services are provided to Ypsilanti Township residents by the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office. Call (734) 994 - 2911 to report stray dogs or abused/endangered animals. The first available animal control officer will respond to each concern. In urgent cases involving vicious stray dogs that pose an immediate threat, a Sheriff's Deputy may also be dispatched to help control the situation.

Ypsilanti Township's Code of Ordinances may be viewed using Municode. Municode's website includes a search engine to easily find specific sections.

Report Animal Control Problems


Ypsilanti Township has a partnership with the Humane Society of Huron Valley to provide Pit Bull spay/neuter services and community cat programs. The HSHV is also the designated animal shelter for Washtenaw County. Stray dogs picked up by the police or animal control are taken to the HSHV shelter. Residents who find lost dogs may also drop them off at the shelter.


Dog Licensing

Animal License Search


Do I need a dog license?

Yes, it's the law! All dogs in Ypsilanti Township are required to be licensed and to wear a license tag at all times. Licensing can help reunite a lost or stolen dog with its owner and provides assurance that the dog is properly vaccinated against rabies.


How much is a dog license?

A regular dog license is $3 for 1 year, $6 for 2 years, or $9 for 3 years (dependent when the rabies expires). You must show proof of current rabies vaccination to purchase or renew a license.

Stray and nuisance dogs that are impounded at the Humane Society will not be released without proof of rabies vaccination and a current license. Microchip identification may also be required. The fee to license an impounded dog is $20 for a sterilized nuisance dog and $120 for an unsterilized nuisance dog.

The civil fine for owning an unlicensed dog ranges from $100 - $500 in addition to the licensing fee.


How do I license my dog?

Dog licenses are available for purchase in person at the following locations:

OR Mail the application with proof of rabies vaccination and a check or money order. Your rabies certificate will be returned to you with your new license.

Dog License Application


What happens if someone finds my lost dog?

If someone finds your dog and reports the license tag number to the Treasurer's Office, we will use the owner name and contact information on file to notify you that your dog has been found and where it is located.


Animal Control Law

Ypsilanti Township has adopted a progressive Animal Control Law as a tool for law enforcement to help keep our neighborhood streets safe from stray and dangerous dogs.

An animal is considered to be a nuisance if any of the following occurs:

Frequent barking, howling, yelping, or growling that shall unreasonably interfere with the quiet enjoyment of persons in the vicinity.

Chasing or snapping at a pedestrian, bicyclist, or vehicle.

Defecating on private or public property and the owner fails to remove the feces.

Attacking or biting of a person (unless the animal has been tormented or provoked).

Attacking or biting of a domesticated animal while the domesticated animal is on its owner's property or under lawful control of its owner.

Charging of a person in a manner that restricts the person's freedom of movement by placing the person in reasonable fear of an imminent attack.

Molests passers or persons on adjoining property by viciously, continuously, or aggressively barking or growling at them.

Causing an offensive stench or odor which extends into the property of another.

Stray nuisance animals and dogs are prohibited and may be seized and impounded to the Humane Society of Huron Valley.

It is unlawful to tether, fasten, chain, tie, or restrain a dog to a tree, fence, post, dog house, or other stationary object on a tethering which is less than three times the length of the dog. The tethering shall not cause injury to the dog or entanglement with fixed objects. Violation of the animal control law is a misdemeanor crime punishable by up to 90 days in jail or a $500 fine.

Ypsilanti Township's Code of Ordinances may be viewed using Municode. Municode's website includes a search engine to easily find specific sections.


Pit Bull Spay-Neuter Requirement

All Pit Bull type dogs are required to be spayed or neutered.

Pit Bull Ordinance 2012-427

Humane Society of Huron Valley Contact

Charter Township of Ypsilanti  •  7200 S. Huron River Dr. Ypsilanti, Mi 48197  •  (734) 484 - 4700

Mon. - Fri., 8:30am - 4:30pm  •  Closed 12:00pm - 1:00pm daily

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