Mercer County Animal Control
1638 State Highway 17
Aledo, IL 61231
Registration (dog tags) 309-582-5216
HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday through Friday 9a.m. to 12 noon
Saturday 9a.m. to 12 noon (closed one Saturday a month)
Mercer County Animal Control is a small County run facility. We are an open admission facility serving a small rural area. We work closely with “no kill shelters” and animal rescues that hold a current Non for Profit 501c3 with the Department of Agriculture. It is our goal to place any adoptable animal in a forever home or rescue and reduce the euthanasia rate due to space.
Mercer County Animal Control is to enforce the Illinois Department of Agriculture State Statutes and guidelines along with County animal control Ordinances. Mercer County Animal Control is under the budgetary constraints imposed by the Mercer County Board and continues to look towards reducing cost and increasing care.
Mercer County Animal Control handles domestic complaints of animals running at large, Humane investigations, Public safety and County Ordinances.
Animal Control will hold an animal for 7 days if no owner comes to reclaim the animal the facility will place the animal up for adoption if the staff render the animal to be adoptable or they may render the animal unfit for adoption and attempt to find a rescue or humanely euthanize the animal. It may also be in the animal’s best interest to be euthanized prior to 7day hold due to health or welfare to prevent suffering.
REGISTRATION (DOG TAGS)
All dogs 4 months of age and older are to be vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian and be registered annually with the county in which the dog resides according to the Illinois Animal Control Act.
To comply with the Mercer County Rabies Control Ordinance which became effective February 6, 1973, you must present or mail a copy of a current rabies vaccination certificate along with the appropriate fee to Mercer County Animal Control; 100 SE 3rd St (courthouse); Aledo, Illinois 61231. This is to be done within 30 days from the date of vaccination or anniversary of a current vaccination.
Fees: Altered (spayed or neutered)- $15 annually; Un-altered- $25 annually Optional 3 year fee: Altered-$45; Un-altered- $75 (may only be purchased the year that a 3 year vaccination is given)-no refunds
A serially numbered Mercer County rabies vaccination tag will be issued to show proof of registration
The registration is due regardless whether a courtesy reminder bill is received by owner or not
Failure to comply with the Animal Control Act is a petty offense and a fine of not less than $25 or more than $500 shall be issued for each violation.
Registration office is only open part-time—call ahead to insure someone is there.
Please contact the registration office (582-5216) with any questions regarding this matter.
Registration of pups under 7 months of age: In order to give your vet time to spay or neuter your pet, we charge $15 when the pup is under 7 months of age; the additional $10 is charged at 7-8 months of age if the dog has not been altered. You are to call and inform us when the pup has been spayed or neutered as the veterinarians do not do this. Dogs can become sexually active before this age. If you do not plan to spay or neuter your pet, we would appreciate the $25 payment when you register.
If you are moving into our county, we need a copy of your dog(s)' current rabies vaccination along with a current owner name and address for our registration system. Proof of registration in another county is honored until the expiration date of the registration.
If you are moving out of the county or your dog is deceased, you need to inform our office.
If you give your dog to another owner, we need the name and address of the new owner.