The La Paz County Animal Control Officers provide services to the citizens of La Paz.
La Paz County Sheriff staffs two full-time Animal Control Officers, who respond to calls of loose animals, animal cruelty cases, injured animals, rabies control and infectious disease control, dog licensing and other situations involving domesticated animals. The Sheriff’s Department Animal Control Officers are civilian employees authorized to investigate and enforce the La Paz County ordinances and the State of Arizona statuary law pertaining to animals.
Our Animal Control Personnel are dedicated to the community, provide humane treatment for all animals and our officers receive on-going training by the National Animal Control Association (NACA) in animal safety, handling, first aid, apprehension techniques, and capture equipment.
La Paz County also provides shelter operations to house stray animals. Stray animals are held 72 hours if the owner is unknown or 120 hours if the animal has a discernable form of owner identification prior to adoption availability. La Paz County Animal Control works closely with the Animal Relief Fund Inc. (ARF) which provides low cost spay/neuter services, rabies and vaccination clinics, animal socialization, limited medical for shelter animals, adoption events, food drives. In addition ARF works to maintain professional relationships with Humane Societies and Rescue Organizations to maximize adoptions and minimize euthanasia.
Is Pet Licensing required?
Per ARS 11-1008 any dog, three months of age or older that is kept, harbored or maintained within the boundaries of this state for at least thirty consecutive days of each calendar year shall be licensed. To obtain a dog license the dog must have a current rabies certificate. The goal of the County is to provide rabies control to ensure the safety of our citizens and visitors. In addition Animal Licensing increases the chances of reuniting a lost pet with the owner. Dog licenses can be obtained at the Animal Shelter – 309 7th Street (928) 669-8774.