Doña Ana County

Animal Control / Codes Enforcement


Division Manager
Department Head: 
845 N. Motel Blvd.
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88007
(575) 525-8846
(575) 525-8853
(575) 525-5951
Phone: (575) 525-8846
Fax: (575) 525-8853
TDD: (575) 525-5951

Animal Control / Codes Enforcement

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:

Winter Hours to Contact for Animal Control Service (through March 8, 2020):

  • Weekdays: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. seven days per week
  • Holidays: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Overnight On-Call  (for emergencies only)

Contact numbers for Animal Control Service:

  • Non-emergency: 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.

Types of 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

Types of incidents to report for Emergency Animal Control Service:

  • Injured animal
  • dogs attacking livestock or
  • bites to humans 


Ordinances and Regulations:

  1. Animal Control:
    1. Animal Control Permits and Pet License Fees - (PDF -78Kb)
    2. Permitted Animals and Density Restrictions - Required Permits (English/Spanish)
    3. New Animal Control Ordinance (Effective Jan. 17, 2014) – (PDF - 1.3mb
    4. Restraint Requirements - Indoors or Out (English/Spanish)
    5. Restraint Requirements - Keep Them Safe (English/Spanish)
    6. Restraint Requirements - Off The Chain (English/Spanish)
    7. Pet Licensing and Owner Identification (English/Spanish)
    8. The 10 Essentials for every Dog and Cat Owner (English/Spanish)
    9. Court Hold Fee Schedule (PDF - 142kb)
    10. Bite Quarantine Fee Schedule (PDF - 59kb)
  2. Solid Waste:
    1. Solid Waste Ordinance – (PDF - 188k)

External Websites:


Contact Name Position Phone Email
Mary Lou Ward Supervisor 575-525-8820
Irene Holguin Secretary – Keep Doña Ana County Beautiful Coordinator 575-525-8846