Animal Control

If you have a stray dog please call City Hall at 515-462-1422 between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm. After 4:30 pm, call the Winterset Police Department at 515-462-1423.

We are required to track all dogs to make sure they are properly vaccinated with the Rabies Vaccination. Rabies is a very serious disease. If contracted by an animal or a person, it is 100% fatal, 100% of the time. In order to track this, we issue licenses to all dog owners for a nominal fee of $15 for all dogs that are not spayed or neutered and $10 for all dogs that are spayed or neutered. After you pay, you will then be issued a license certificate and a tag so if you are ever stopped, or if there is a concern about your dog, you can easily prove your dog is licensed, and vaccinated.

In order to receive a license, proof of a current Rabies Vaccination is required. If the vaccination expires mid-year, please submit the most recent vaccination record when it is available.  You are required to renew your dog’s license each year. 

Winterset dogs enjoy the annual “Doggie Dip” event at the Aquatic Center, hosted by the Park & Recreation Department at the end of the summer season.