Frequently Asked Questions

Animal Control Ordinance with Leash Laws
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Can my dog run loose?
No, it is unlawful to allow your dog to run loose. All dogs must be leashed and kept under control when not properly contained. It is also unsafe for the dog as it could get hit by a car, lost or stolen, or get in a fight with another dog. Violators may receive a notice, written warning or citation, which is a class one misdemeanor with a maximum $2500 fine, 6 months in jail, or both. (see Mesa City Code 6-4-7, Dog at Large).

Can my cat run loose?
There are no laws regarding cats. They are allowed to roam, but be aware they may face dangers if allowed to run free. They may get taken by a coyote, hit by a car, be poisoned either intentionally or unintentionally, be trapped, or be exposed to harmful diseases such as feline leukemia, feline immunodeficiency, or rabies. The life expectancy of an indoor cat is three times that of an outdoor cat.

How many horses can I have?
You must have 35,000 sq. ft. of land in order to have livestock. The number of livestock allowed will be based on animal points and land points. (See Mesa City Code 8-6-21.B.).

What is livestock?
Animals such as horses, cows, sheep, goats, pigs, donkeys, and mules are livestock. Mesa also considers buffalo, llamas, and large flightless birds such as emus, ostriches, rheas, and cassowaries as livestock.

Can I have a pig in Mesa?
Pigs are allowed only if kept by a student participating in an approved agricultural education program such as FFA or 4-H. Miniature pigs, kept as personal pets, are limited to no more than two such pigs on one land parcel. (See Mesa City Code 8-6-21.K.).

Are chickens allowed in Mesa? How about roosters?
You may have up to 10 chickens on the first one-half acre or less provided any enclosure is at least 40 feet from any neighboring residence, any coop is at least 75 feet from any other residence, it is kept sanitary and they are not allowed to run loose or create a noise disturbance. A rooster is also allowed as long as it does not violate any of the above regulations. (See Mesa City Code 8-6-21.A, G, H, and I).




Contact Info:
20 E. Main Street, Suite 250
Mesa, AZ 85211
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7 am - 6 pm
Except for holidays

Animal Control Staff:
Diane Brady
Animal Control Supervisor

Shannon Gross
Animal Control Specialist

C. Willis
Animal Control Officer

L. Rodriguez
Animal Control Officer

R. Severtson
Animal Control Officer

Animal Control

Frequently Asked Questions

Mesa City Code