Doña Ana County

Animal Control / Codes Enforcement

Vicki Lusk

Dept Head Title: 
Division Manager
Department Head: 
Vicki Lusk
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:

Service Hours for Animal Control – 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. seven days per week (10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on holidays) 
Overnight On-Call (for emergencies only) Injured animal, dogs attacking livestock or bites to humans - Officers that are on call overnight receive calls from dispatch.  The resident would need to call the non-emergency dispatch number 526-0795 and choose option 6.

If your pet is missing you can contact the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley, (575) 382-0018.

Important Documents Regarding Animal Control

EXTERNAL LINKS  will be redirected to the GENERAL CODE website.  Please be sure to Click on the "New Laws" tab on the left to check for recent Amdendments to the Doña Ana County Code.

For low cost Spay or Neuter surgery, you may contact SNAP at 575-524-9265 or a local vet. 

For microchipping, you may call the Animal Services Center at 575-382-0018 or a local vet.  

Animal Control Brochures / Information

Who do I call to get an Animal Control Officer out to investigate?

Please call the Mesilla Valley Regional Dispatch (non emergency) number 526-0795 and choose option 6.
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.
Types of incidents to report:
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

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