Animal Control

LA County Department of Animal Care and Control

Please contact the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control for animal control services.

Office Location

‍11258 South Garfield Avenue

Downey, CA 90242

Phone: 562-940-6898


‍Monday – Thursday 12:00 pm - 7:00 pm; Friday and Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm; Closed Sunday and Holidays

This shelter provides 24-hour, seven-day-a-week animal services. 


‍North - South: Exit the Long Beach Freeway at Imperial Highway;

Shelter is located on Garfield Avenue, one block South of Imperial, East of the Long Beach Freeway.

East - West: Exit the Glen Anderson Freeway (105) at Garfield, then go North on Garfield to the shelter.


  • Shelter stray dogs, cats and other animals, including livestock.
  • Enforce the leash law that forbids dogs from running at large.
  • Remove dead animals.
  • Investigate cases of suspected animal abuse and neglect and the impoundment of animals seized in such cases.
  • Assist local law enforcement agencies in raids to end illegal dog and cock-fighting activities.
  • Impound dangerous or vicious dogs and coordinate hearings on their disposition.
  • Respond to special animal control problems caused by natural disasters, such as fires, floods and earthquakes. The Department has a mobile field command post that can travel to the command center of a disaster area and operate as the on-site communications and control headquarters for animal-related rescue work.
  • Relocate and return to nature, when possible, wild animals that migrate into urban areas. The Department works with the California Department of Fish and Game and the County Department of Agriculture in dealing with predator animals such as mountain lions and coyotes.
  • Investigate complaints relating to excessive animal noise, including barking dogs and crowing fowl.
  • Inspect and license pet shops, animal boarding kennels, pet grooming parlors, wild animal compounds and exhibitions as well as guard dog firms and guard dogs owned by individual businesses.
  • License dogs in accordance with California Health and Safety Code Sec. 1920 and registration of cats under Los Angeles County Code Sec. 10.24.020.

Barking Dogs

  • The Alhambra Municipal Code states that it is unlawful for an owner to keep, maintain or harbor a dog that disturbs the peace and quiet of the neighborhood by loud barking.
  • Only two domestic dogs are allowed per household. Dogs may not run around at large (in the neighborhood).
  • To report a noise complaint, contact the Department of Animal Care and Control at 562-940-6898, or submit a Noise Complaint online

City Code Regarding Dogs

  • TITLE XVII: ANIMALS, Chapter 7.20.150 Loud Barking
  • TITLE XVII: ANIMALS, Chapter 7.20.120 Keeping More than Two Dogs Prohibited
  • TITLE XVII: ANIMALS, Chapter 7.20.158 Dogs Restrained from Running at Large‍

Caring for Dogs

  • Spay/neuter your dog (this often reduces aggressive tendencies).
  • Never leave infants or young children alone with a dog.
  • Don't play aggressive games with your dog (e.g., wrestling).
  • Properly socialize and train any dog entering your household.
  • Immediately seek professional advice (e.g., from veterinarians, animal behaviorists, or responsible trainers) if the dog develops aggressive or undesirable behaviors.

For more information about caring for a dog, as well as dog bites and basic safety tips, review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Home and Recreational Safety webpage about dog bites. View contact information for the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control in our Resource Directory.