20 E. Main St., Suite 250
Mesa, AZ 85201
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The Animal Control Unit provides the residents of Mesa with courteous, professional and effective animal control. In addition, Animal Control ensures the rights of animal owners and non-owners are protected and served.
What we do:
Animal pick-up including dead animals
Animal bite reports and quarantines
Animals running loose (dogs/livestock) not cats
Investigate animal cruelty, abuse or neglect
Investigate unsanitary premises or animal fecal matter
Investigate livestock violations/restrictions
For assistance please call: 480-644-2268
Do you live in either the 85201 or 85204 zip codes?
Are you or your neighbors feeding cats?
Learn more about the Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR) Program for outdoor cats and how to get started. TNR is the most humane, effective way to reduce the number of cats living on the street and in your neighborhood.
Mesa residents who live in 85201 or 85204 zip codes qualify for special assistance through grant funding
More info: Visit
www.adlaz.org , email SoManyCats@adlaz.org or call Karen at 602-400-5670 Related Animal Control links
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 ride my horse in the street?
Yes. A horse is considered a method of transportation and should be ridden in the street or on designated trails.
All traffic laws must be obeyed.
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.
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.
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.
Is there a limit on the number of dogs and cats I can have?
No, there are no number restrictions for dogs or cats.
cannot be violations pertaining to noise, cleanliness, animals at large, operating a business, etc.
Should my dog be licensed?
Yes. All dogs in Maricopa County must be properly vaccinated for rabies and licensed. The vaccination may be good for one or three years, but the license must be renewed every year through Maricopa County Animal Care and Control.
Can my cat run loose?
There are no leash 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.
There is not an agency that will pick up loose/roaming cats. Trapped cats can be taken to the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control shelter at at 2630 W. Rio Salado Pkwy in Mesa or the Arizona Humane Society in Phoenix; fees are involved and determined by the shelter.
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, become 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.
How do I adopt a pet?
Many wonderful animals are available for adoption at the County Shelter, 2630 W. Rio Salado Pkwy in Mesa. Bring one home today!
What if my neighbor doesn't clean up after his dogs?
A person must clean up animal feces and not allow their property to be offensive to sight or smell. Call Mesa Animal Control at 480-644-2268 to report violations.
Where do dogs/cats go when they are impounded?
All dogs and cats impounded by the Mesa Animal Control are taken to the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control shelter at 2630 W. Rio Salado Pkwy in Mesa.
Occasionally an animal is severely injured so the officer may take it to an emergency veterinarian. You should call the Mesa Animal Control office to check if it went to a vet.
What if I see an animal locked in a hot car?
This is an extremely dangerous situation for the animal as the inside temperature can exceed 120 degrees in a very short time. Get as much information about the vehicle, specific location, condition of the animal, etc. and call Mesa Animal Control at 480-644-2268.
What should I do if I suspect animal abuse?
Call Mesa Animal Control, 480-644-2268, with the information. An Animal Control Officer will investigate and take appropriate action.
What should I do if I find a snake?
Keep animals and everyone away from it as it may be poisonous. Call 480-644-2268 and an Animal Control Officer will come out and remove the snake. If possible, native snakes are released in a more suitable location.