Things to Know from Animal Control

Animal Control: Things to Know

  • All dogs must be restrained at all times, either on a leash, chain or cable, or inside a fence or resident's home. It is illegal to let your dog loose to roam the neighborhood. If impounded, microchipping for dogs is required.
  • Dogs and cats in DeSoto are required to have current rabies tags attached to their collar at all times. Our animal control officers will ask for proof if the date on your pet's tag dates back more than one year.
  • When animals are picked up by animal control, they are taken to the Tri-City Animal Shelter located at 1150 E. Pleasant Run in Cedar Hill. The shelter's hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Their phone number is 972.291.5335.
  • The Tri-City Animal Shelter houses animals from DeSoto, Duncanville and Cedar Hill.
  • If you have a pet you no longer want, you must take it to the Tri-City Animal Shelter to surrender it so that you may supply critical information to shelter staff regarding your pet. Animal Control does not pick up owner release animals.
  • Animal Control must be contacted regarding any bite from any animal in which the skin is broken. Animals may need to be quarantined for a period of time for observation to ensure the animal does not have rabies.
  • Contact Animal Control for nuisance complaints regarding continuous barking or other noises relating to animals.
  • Contact Animal Control if you suspect cruelty. All animals must have food, water and shelter at all times.
  • Do not attempt to confront or feed any wild animals you may encounter (snakes, coyotes, raccoons, bobcats, skunks, foxes, etc.). Call Animal Control if you have concerns or questions.
  • Special conditions apply to the keeping of livestock (horses, cows, goats and sheep.) There must be 5,000 square feet allotted per animal, and animals may not be kept closer than 150 ft. to another person's living quarters.