Basic Animal Control Laws

Basic Animal Control Laws

  • Every dog or cat four (4) months or older must be vaccinated for Rabies and be licensed by the City of Little Rock (the animal must wear the license on a collar or harness at all times).
  • All outdoor cats must be sterilized and micro-chipped.
  • All dogs must be confined on the owner’s property by a fence, pen or by tethering to an approved trolley system. 
  • Any loose animals in your neighborhood should be reported to Animal Services for their safety and yours. 
  • Dogs in an open vehicle or pickup must be confined within a crate or carrier, or inside vehicle cab.
  • Residents may not exceed four (4) dogs and four (4) cats per household unless a kennel permit is obtained.
  • Penned animals must be kept clean and sanitary and should not give off offensive odors. 


  • This includes intentional cruelty, such as shooting or poisoning, and neglect. 
  • Cruelty to animals (including neglect) is a punishable crime in Little Rock. Cruelty includes physical abuse and abuse by neglect, which is failure to provide adequate shelter, food, water and medical care.
  • Animal bites that break the victim's skin must be reported to Animal Services immediately. These animals must be quarantined for a period of ten (10) days regardless of vaccination status (Quarantine is required by State law). The owner of the animal is responsible for all costs. 
  • The keeping of exotic wildlife including carnivore, innately wild animals, non-human primates and venomous reptiles is prohibited.
  • Contact Animal Services for complete listing of applicable Animal Control Laws or additional information.

REMEMBER: As a pet owner, you are responsible for following all animal ordinances in Little Rock. Failure to do so could result in fines up to $1,000.

Pleasant Valley Veterinary Clinic

3712 Woodland Heights Rd

Little Rock, AR 72212

For general information, questions, appointment requests, call us at:

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Monday 7:30am - 5:30pm

Tuesday 7:30am - 5:30pm

Wednesday 7:30am - 5:30pm

Thursday 7:30am - 5:30pm

Friday 7:30am - 5:30pm

Saturday 7:30am - 12:00pm

Sunday Closed