Doña Ana County


Animal Control / Codes Enforcement

Marylou Ward

Interim ACO Manager
Department Head: 
Marylou Ward
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


In addressing overwhelming concerns about COVID-19, officers with the Animal Control and Codes Enforcement division will respond to calls on a priority basis.  Our primary mission is to ensure the safety and health of both people and animals in Doña Ana County.  Please have patience as we respond to calls.  As always, if there is an emergency, please call 911.

In the meantime, here are some things you can do to ensure your companion animals are protected during these trying times:

  • 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:

 Contact for Animal Control Service:

  • Summers Hours: 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. seven days per week
  • 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