1. Pit Bulls
  2. Nuisance and Restricted Dogs
  3. Tethering

How do I register a pit bull?

  1. Provide proof of current rabies vaccination.
  2. Provide proof of spay or neutering of dog.
  3. Dog must be microchipped. This can be done at our office at time of registration.
  4. Pay $50 registration fee.

CALL 417-833-3592 to set up an appointment to complete registration.

A proposed ban on pit bulls within the city limits of Springfield was not approved by voters. The outcome of the vote does not affect the existing ordinance, in effect since 2006, which places heightened ownership requirements, including registration, on individuals who own pit bull and pit bull mix dogs. 

The pit bull registration ordinance remains in effect with the following requirements in the ordinance:

  • Register your pit bull or pit mix annually
  • Keep pit bull or pit mix safe at all times
  • Post a sign on your property
  • Keep the dog in a secured, six-sided enclosure while on your property
  • Keep your pit bull or pit mix leashed and muzzled while not on your property
  • Notify Animal Control within 5 days if the pit bull is lost, stolen, dies or has puppies


I live outside of Springfield, but bring my pit bull into the city limits for veterinary appointments or grooming? Do I need to register my dog?

Pit bull owners bringing their dogs into the city for veterinary appointments or grooming are not required to register their dog, but do have to follow the other requirements, such as muzzling and keeping control of the dog at all times.

My pit bull is a service dog. Do I need to register my dog?

Yes. Service dogs, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act, are subject to local dog licensing and registration requirements.

What are the penalties for violating the city’s pit bull regulations?

The first violation is a minimum $500 fine or one year of probation and 100 hours of community service. Jail time is possible.

The second and each subsequent violation is a $1,000 fine or two years of probation and 200 hours of community service. Jail time is possible.