Animal Control


Who do I call if a vicious dog is roaming the streets?
Contact Maricopa County Sheriff 's Office non-emergency number 602-876-1011 or 1-800-352-4553. Be prepared to give your name, address, phone number, where you can be reached, and the closest crossroad streets where you noticed the animal roaming. It is helpful if you can identify the breed, color and size of dog or any information which will assist the Sheriff 's Office in locating the animal. If the dog is attacking, call 911.

Who do I call about stray dogs?
Contact Maricopa County Animal Control at 602-506-7387 (602-506-PETS). The dog must be contained in your backyard, garage, or an enclosed or fenced-in area. Be prepared to give your name, address, and a phone number where you can be reached. It is helpful if you can identify the breed, color and size of dog, if it has an identification collar, or any information which will assist Animal Control.

Will Animal Control pick up stray cats?
Cats are in the category of "free roaming," and Animal Control will not pick up a cat unless it is rabid or attacking. Animal Rescue/EAMT(tm) will accept or rescue stray cats and dogs of any age that are sick, injured or abused on any day of the week. Please call the EAMT(tm) Dispatch Center at 602-997-7585 Ext. 2073 between the hours of 6 a.m.-2 a.m.

Who do I call to report an injured animal?
To request an ambulance for a sick or injured stray animal or an animal in distress, call Animal Rescue/EAMT(tm) (Emergency Animal Medical Technicians) at 602-997-7585 ext. 2073. Services are free and available daily from 6 a.m.-2 a.m. Have you ever seen a frightened stray dog dodging traffic? A cat stuck in a vending machine? Or maybe you suspect a case of animal cruelty nearby? These are the kinds of situations for the EAMTs(tm). Suggestion: place this number in your cell phone for easy access when traveling.

How do I surrender a pet?
Bringing your pet to the Arizona Humane Society shelter should always be your last resort. If you are unable to re-home your pet on your own, here are the guidelines for surrendering your pet to the shelter:
*         By state law, the shelter cannot take in healthy, stray dogs over four months of age. Instead, you must surrender him/her to Maricopa County Animal Care and Control at 602-506-7387 or visit the website<http://www.1888pets911.org/information/general/mash.php?PHPSESSID=eeb71>
*         Animal Rescue/EAMT(tm) will accept or rescue stray dogs of any age that are sick, injured or abused on any day of the week. Please call the EAMT(tm)Dispatch Center at 602-997-7585 Ext. 2073 between the hours of 6 a.m.-2 a.m.
*         The Animal Rescue/EAMT(tm) accepts stray cats, healthy or otherwise of any age.

As an owner, you can surrender your pet in the Admissions Department at their Sunnyslope location between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. They are closed Mondays and major holidays. A requested monetary contribution is required. For more detailed information visit the website at www.azhumane.org<http://www.azhumane.org/>.

How do I report a lost or found pet?
You can place an ad in the local paper, inform neighbors, and anyone else who you believe may be of assistance in locating your pet or the pet's owner. Permits are not issued for posting signage of lost or found pets. Any illegal sign posting within the City of Litchfield Park proper may result in a citation.

Section 6-2-8 Dogs Not Permitted At Large; Wearing License
A.    No dogs shall be permitted at large. Each dog shall be confined within an enclosure on the owner's property, or secured so that a dog is confined entirely to the owner's property, or sufficient to restrain an animal and directly under the owner's or custodian's control when not on the owner's property.

A.    No dogs shall be permitted at large. Each dog shall be confined within an enclosure on the owner's property, or secured so that a dog is confined entirely to the owner's property, or sufficient to restrain an animal and directly under the owner's or custodian's control when not on the owner's property.

B.    Any dog over the age of three months running at large shall wear a collar or harness to which is attached a valid license tag. Dogs used for control of livestock or while being used or trained for hunting, or dogs while being exhibited or trained at a kennel club event, or dogs while engaged in races approved by the Arizona Racing Commission, and such dogs while being transported to and from such events, need not wear a collar or harness with a valid license attached; provided, that they are properly vaccinated, licensed and controlled.

C.    If any dog is at large on the public streets, public parks or public property, then said dog's owner or custodian is in violation of this article.

D.    If any female dog during her breeding or mating season or any vicious dog is at large, then said dog's owner or persons acting for the owner is in violation of this article.

E.    Any person whose dog is at large is in violation of this article. A dog is not at large if:
1.    Said dog is restrained by a leash, chain, rope or cord of not more than six feet in length and of sufficient strength to control action of said dog.
2.    Said dog is used for control of livestock, or while being used or trained for hunting, or being exhibited or trained at a kennel club event or while engaged in races approved by the Arizona Racing Commission.
3.    While said dog is actively engaged in dog obedience training, accompanied by and under the control of his owner or trainer; provided, that the person training said dog has in his possession a dog leash of not more than six feet in length and of sufficient strength to control said dog; and further, that said dog is actually enrolled in or has graduated from a dog obedience training school.
4.    Said dog whether on or off the premises of the owner, or person acting for the owner, is controlled as provided in subsection (E)(1) of this section or is within a suitable enclosure which actually confines the dog.

F.    Any dog at large shall be apprehended and impounded by an enforcement agent.
1.    Said agent shall have the right to enter upon private property when it is necessary to do so in order to apprehend any dog that has been running at large. Such entrance upon private property shall be in reasonable pursuit of such dog and shall not include entry into a domicile unless it be at the invitation of the occupant.
2.    Said agent may issue a citation to the dog owner when the dog is at large. The procedure for the issuance of notice to appear shall be as provided for peace officers in A.R.S. ? 13-3903 except the enforcement agent shall not make an arrest before issuing the notice. The issuance of citations pursuant to this article shall be subject to provisions of A.R.S. ? 13-3899.
3.    In the judgment of the enforcement agent, if any dog at large or other animal that is dangerous or fierce and a threat to human safety cannot be safely impounded, it may be immediately slain.

G.    The owner or persons acting for the owner of a dog must restrain and control the dog at all times when in a public park by securing the dog with a leash or not more than six feet, except when the dog is in an enclosed area within the park, which has been designated by the city as a dog exercise area.

H.    At all times when a dog is off leash in a designated dog exercise area as provided in subsection (G) of this section, the dog must be accompanied by and under the control of the owner or persons acting for the owner. Additionally, the owner or persons acting for the owner must at all times have a leash of not more than six feet in length in his or her possession. (Ord. 04-89 ? 1)