How To Reclaim Your Pet

Impound Fees

In order to reclaim a pet from Animal Control, the owner of the pet must provide the following to the Animal Control Officer: 

  • Proof of ownership (pictures, vet records, etc)
  • State ID with current address
  • Current rabies vaccination record
  • Receipts of payment for all fines, citations, and boarding costs
  • Collar or harness and lead

Impound fees are as indicated below: 

First Offense$20.00
Second Offense$30.00
Third and Subsequent Offenses$40.00
Feeding Each Animal Per Day$5.00/day

You are required to pay the “Impound and Boarding” fees PRIOR to reclaiming your pet(s).

Fees are paid at the Jacksonville Beach Police Department by cash, check, or money order.

Failure to provide proof of a CURRENT rabies vaccination will result in the issuance of a civil citation. You will have 14 days from the date the citation is issued to provide proof of an up-to-date rabies vaccination for your pet(s) to Jacksonville Beach Animal Control or a hearing before the special magistrate will be requested.

Civil Fines 

Common violations include dogs off leash, improper animal waste disposal, allowing dogs on the beach during unpermitted times, dogs running at large, failure to keep pets up to date on rabies vaccinations, and more. For a complete list of citable offenses, please read the Code of Ordinances, Chapter 5 .

Not all fines and fees are listed on this page. Additional payments may be required. 

First Offense (within 36 months)$50.00
Second Offense (within 36 months)$150.00
Third Offense (within 36 months)$250.00
Fourth and Subsequent Offenses (within 36 months)$500.00

All payments need to be made at the Jacksonville Beach Police Department at 101 Penman Road South (Monday through Friday 8:00AM to 5:00PM, excluding holidays) or to the cashier at City Hall, 11 3rd Street North, Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250 (Monday through Friday 8:00AM to 5:00PM, excluding holidays)  by mail or in person. Animal Control does not accept any payments. 

All fourth and subsequent offenses will require a mandatory court appearance. 

Quarantined Pets

In some cases, such as an attack on a person, pets may be required to undergo a 10-day mandatory quarantine for observation of any symptoms of rabies.  It is at the discretion of the Animal Control Officer to decide whether the quarantine will be completed at the pet's home or at the Animal Control facility. Animals that are the subject of a dangerous dog investigation may be held for a longer period of time pending the outcome of the investigation. 

It is the responsibility of the owners to pay all fees and fines associated with pets before they can be released home, even in the case of a mandatory quarantine for their pet.