Animal Control

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 The Doña Ana County Animal Control's new updated ordinance will go into effect starting November 28, 2022. Please review the new ordinance here Amended Ordinance 328-2022. You may email our office with questions at


Animal Control Officers will prioritize response calls with a primary mission to ensure the safety and health of both people and animals in Doña Ana County.

Keep in mind the following to ensure your companion animals are protected:

  • If you are in a high-risk group and avoiding social interaction, be sure to stock up on your animal’s medications and food, as well as your own.
  • Have a designated contact who will be able to care for your animals if you are unable to.
  • Make sure your animal is wearing a collar with identification at all times.
  • Make sure your animal stays on your property.
  • Although there is no clear evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to or from dogs/cats, it is recommended that you wash your hands after playing with your pets, feeding them, or grooming them.

Our mission is to provide efficient and quality service to the citizens of Dona Ana County by providing protection for them and their property from the dangers and nuisances caused by stray animals, to protect pets from the cruelty they may face from irresponsible citizens, and to educate the public in the responsibilities of pet ownership, animal control, care, and welfare.

The purpose of this site is to provide the residents of Doña Ana County with information about animal control services and ordinances. Simply click on the section in which you are interested. If you have any questions regarding our services or the County ordinances please feel free to e-mail us at

Animal Control Service


  • Summers Hours: 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. seven days per week
  • Overnight On-Call (for emergencies only)

Phone Numbers

  • Non-emergency: 575-526-0795 and choose option 6. (Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch) This will take you to a dispatch operator who will dispatch an Animal Control Officer to the location you give. You can remain anonymous or if you would like the officer to contact you, provide your information to the dispatch operator.
  • Overnight On-Call (for emergencies only): 911
  • For low cost Spay or Neuter surgery: Call SNAP at 575-524-9265 or a local vet.
  • For microchipping: Call the Animal Services Center at 575-382-0018 or a local vet.
  • For missing pet: Call the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley, (575) 382-0018.

Incidents to Report for Emergency Animal Control Service

  • Injured animal
  • Dogs attacking livestock or
  • Bites to humans 

Incidents to Report for Non-Emergency Animal Control Service

  • Stray dog/cat
  • Injured dog/cat
  • Aggressive dogs
  • Dogs attacking livestock or dogs fighting
  • Dog bites to humans
  • Care and maintenance concerns
  • Possible overpopulation of dogs/cats on property

Ordinances and Regulations

Animal Control

  1. Animal Control Permits and Pet License Fees
  2. Permitted Animals and Density Restrictions - Required Permits (English/Spanish)
  3. New Animal Control Ordinance (Effective Nov. 2022)
  4. Resolution No. 2022-80 (Effective Dec. 2022
  5. Restraint Requirements - Indoors or Out (English/Spanish)
  6. Restraint Requirements - Keep Them Safe (English/Spanish)
  7. Restraint Requirements - Off The Chain (English/Spanish)
  8. Pet Licensing and Owner Identification (English/Spanish)
  9. The 10 Essentials for every Dog and Cat Owner (English/Spanish)
  10. Court Hold Fee Schedule
  11. Bite Quarantine Fee Schedule

Solid Waste Ordinance

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