Pay Animal Safety & Enforcement Fines

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Overview

Pay fines for violations of Hillsborough County’s animal safety ordinance.

Fees

  First Occurrence Second Occurrence Third Occurrence
Ordinance Violations Allowing a 15 Day Compliance Period
Section 3. Rabies Vaccination Requirement $100 $200 Mandatory Court Appearance
Section 4. Registration and License Tags $50 $100 Mandatory Court Appearance
Ordinance Violations With No Compliance Grace Period Allowed
Section 3. Dangerous Dog Vaccinations Mandatory Court Appearance Mandatory Court Appearance Mandatory Court Appearance
Section 5. Quarantine Violations $200 $400 Mandatory Court Appearance
Section 6. Display of Tags $30 $60 Mandatory Court Appearance
Section 7. Animal Baiting Mandatory Court Appearance Mandatory Court Appearance Mandatory Court Appearance
Section 7. Improper Confinement $100 $200 Mandatory Court Appearance
Section 7. Improper Disposal $50 Mandatory Court Appearance Mandatory Court Appearance
Section 8. Cruelty to Animals $300 Mandatory Court Appearance Mandatory Court Appearance
Section 9. Vicious Animal $450* Mandatory Court Appearance Mandatory Court Appearance
Section 9. Dangerous Dogs Mandatory Court Appearance Mandatory Court Appearance Mandatory Court Appearance
Section 10. Confinement to Property; Animals at Large $100 $200 Mandatory Court Appearance
Section 11. Striking or Interfering with a Service Animal $450 Mandatory Court Appearance Mandatory Court Appearance
Section 12. Interference with an Animal Control Officer $450 Mandatory Court Appearance Mandatory Court Appearance
Section 13. Female in Heat $150 Mandatory Court Appearance Mandatory Court Appearance
Section 14. Animal Waste $50 $100 Mandatory Court Appearance
Section 15. Tethering $300 Mandatory Court Appearance Mandatory Court Appearance
Section 16. Contagious Diseases $100 Mandatory Court Appearance Mandatory Court Appearance
Section 20. Violation Restrictions on Use of Guard Dog $50 $100 Mandatory Court Appearance
Section 25. Consumer Guarantee $50 $200 Mandatory Court Appearance
Section 31. Animals in Vehicles $50 $100 Mandatory Court Appearance
Section 35. Refusal to Accept Citation $200 $400 Mandatory Court Appearance

*We will reduce the vicious animal fine to $25 if, prior to the hearing date, you provide satisfactory proof of each of the following:

  • Current obedience training by a County-approved instructor
  • Current health certificate from a veterinarian
  • Proof of spay/neuter; microchip
  • Pet receives training on responsible pet ownership as it pertains to dangerous dogs provided by the department

How To

  1. Follow the directions on the back of the citation for submitting payment
    • For certain citations, such as rabies vaccination or license violations, you have a 15- to 30-day compliance period
    • If you rectify the violation within the compliance period, you can present the proof in-person at the Pet Resource Center, and we will waive the fine
    • Ordinance violations that allow a 15-day compliance period may be increased to a 30-day compliance period, if you are requesting a voucher for spaying/neutering and need the extra time to get approved for the voucher
  2. If applicable, go to court as indicated on the citation
    • Bring the citation
    • Bring the required fees (see above)

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(813) 744-5660