Animal Control is a Division of the Odessa Police Department. The mission of the Animal Control Division is to protect the citizens of Ector County from rabies and other zoonotic diseases. Animal Control also provides services of picking up strays and educating the public on properly maintaining an animal per the Texas Health and Safety Code.
Commonly asked questions:
Where can I find information about the city ordinances relating to animals?
Ordinances that pertain to the regulation of animals can be found in Chapter Two (2) of the City Code
As a resident in the city limits of Odessa how many pets may I have?
Within the city limits you are allowed to have a total of 4 pets. (For example: 2 dogs and 2 cats, or any combination of dogs or cats not exceeding four total)
If I live outside of city limits what are the regulations for animal pets in the county?
For citizens that live outside the city limits the Animal Control Shelter can provide you with Ector County Regulations on dogs and cats.
If I have an animal emergency after hours, where do I call?
Please call the Odessa Police Department at 333-3641
What are the guidelines for calling after hours, or on a Sunday or a holiday?
The call-out guidelines for after 5:00PM, Monday – Friday, weekends and holidays are:
Do I need a permit to sell animals in a public place, for example dogs and cats?
Yes, you need a permit. It is a violation of city ordinance to sell animals in a public place without a permit.
Where do I get a permit to sell animals?
A permit may be obtained at City Hall in the City Permits and License Department.
If I adopt a cat or dog do I need to get it spayed or neutered?
All pets adopted from the Odessa Police Animal Control Shelter MUST be spayed or neutered per state law. Failure to do so will result in a citation.
What can I do if I have a problem with stray cats or wildlife, for example a skunk?
Cat and wildlife traps may be checked out at the shelter, with a $35.00 deposit. The deposit is refunded with the return of the trap. When an animal is caught in the trap an Animal Control officer will come to your location and remove the animal. Animal Control does not set traps in inclement weather, over weekends or on Holidays.
How long will my dog or cat be held if it gets impounded?
Dogs and cats that are not wearing a current vaccination for rabies are held for three days.
Dogs and cats that are currently vaccinated for rabies and are wearing their tags at impoundment are held for 10 calendar days
Can I call the Animal Control Shelter to check if my dog or cat was impounded?
No, per policy the shelter can not describe animals over the phone. You are welcome to come into the Animal Control shelter as often as you like, during business hours, to look for your pet.
What can I do if I have a barking dog complaint?
Notify Animal Control of the location of the barking dog and an officer will go to that location and speak with the owners of the dog. If the barking continues you can come to the Animal Control Shelter and pick up a prosecutor referral form.
Operations / Contacts:
Kennels and Offices are open from: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Monday thru Friday
Dispatch is available for calls starting at: 8:00 a.m. – Monday thru Friday
Field Operations are from: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Monday thru Friday
910 W. 42nd Street
Animal Control Manager: Joe Barreraz