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Animal Control

 

 

ABOUT THE ANIMAL CONTROL UNIT

The City of Bakersfield’s Animal Control Unit is a department within the Bakersfield Police Department, Operations Division. 

This unit handles animal related services and complaints for city residents.  An average of 16,000 calls per year is handled by this unit citywide.

Field officers are available 7 days per week, between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm.  Officers are available for emergency situations after 5 pm, 7 days a week.

If you have an injured or sick animal and need emergency assistance after hours please contact the Police Department Non-emergency number at 661-327-7111

The city Animal Control unit is responsible for:

  • ensuring public safety
  • reuniting pets with their owners
  • handling dangerous situations involving animals
  • handling cruelty cases
  • rescuing stray and injured animals

OFFICE LOCATION

City Hall South
1501 Truxtun Ave, 2nd floor #339.

Business Hours: 9 am - 5 pm 

(661) 326-3436.

VISITOR PARKING

Visitor parking for City Hall South is located on the South side of the building, parking limit is 2 hours.

There is also parking available at the City of Bakersfield Parking Structure located at the corner of 18th and Eye Street and there is a 3 hr limit.

OUR SERVICES

City Animal Control is responsible for enforcing ordinances within the city as well as the state of California mandates.   

We respond and enforce all issues pertaining to dogs and a limited number of issues involving cats.  We do not pick up contained cats; a leash law ordinance pertaining to cats does not currently exist within the city of Bakersfield.

We DO NOT respond to calls for:

  • pests
  • bees
  • rats/mice
  • birds
  • wildlife  
  • feral or stray cats
  • snakes

ANIMAL RELATED ISSUES HANDLED BY OTHER DEPARTMENTS OR AGENCIES

  • Code Enforcement complaint line
    (661) 326-3712
    Too many animals at a residential location within the city
    Litter, debris, unsanitary conditions (including animal waste). As well are roosters within city limits.
  • California Highway Patrol 
    (661) 864-4400
    Live or injured dogs on the freeway.
  • Caltrans 
    (661) 395-2808 
    Dead animals on the freeway.