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Animal Control

El Centro Police Department’s Animal Control Services are offered Monday – Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. We handle all animal control related calls such as general complaints, dog bites, noise, etc. We issue citations and warnings as applicable. Lost a pet? Have a complaint? Call us at (760) 352-2111.


Animal Control enforces issues related to Animal Control (City of El Centro Municipal Code Chapter 5) and Some Sections related to Noise (City of El Centro Municipal Code Chapter 17.7) These sections can be found here: 
City of El Centro Ordinances 

For Pet Adoption please contact the Humane Society.
They are located at 1575 Pico Ave., El Centro, CA 92243 (760) 352-1911

If you live on (or near) the City boundary, you should also contact
Imperial County Animal Control Services at (442) 265-2655


  • Cat Trap – $38.82 for 7 Days. Pay the fee at 150 N. 11th Street, El Centro, CA and we will set up the trap for you. We will pick up the trap after 7 Days (or if the cat is trapped before that).  Trapped animals are picked up Monday-Saturday 7:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  There will be NO trapped animal pick up after 1:30 p.m.  DUE TO THE EXCESSIVE HEAT. TRAPS WILL NOT BE RENTED OUT FROM JUNE TO SEPTEMBER OF EACH YEAR.
  • Dog Claim – $49.91 animal pound fees plus $16.64 a day to claim your animal, please call us or come in person.
  • Dead Animals – $49.91 (if we pick them up) State Laws requires all animals to be double-bagged. You can bring your dead animal to 150 N. 11th Street, El Centro, CA and place your dead animal in our freezer free of charge.
  • Problems with Noise (Barking Dogs) – We enforce section 17.1 of the City of El Centro Municipal Code, but as stated there in, we require two (2) written affidavits for us to enforce the law.
  • Lost/Found Animals – Lost or found a dog? Call us and we can help. Dogs found are kept at least 72 hours at the Humane Society. If the dog is adoptable, he/she will be kept a longer time at the Humane Society. Please contact them at (760) 352-1911 for additional information.
  • Dog License – Dog Licenses are $13.31, please take your dog to a local vet and provide vaccination proof.
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