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Animal Control

The City of Bakersfield’s Animal Control unit is a department within the Bakersfield Police Department, Operations Division.


201 S. Mount Vernon Ave.

Business Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

(661) 326-3436


This unit handles animal-related services and complaints for city residents.  An average of 16,000 calls per year is handled by this unit citywide.

Field officers are available 7 days per week, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.  Officers are available for emergency situations after 5 p.m., 7 days a week.  

This unit is responsible for ensuring public safety, reuniting pets with their owners, handling dangerous situations involving animals, cruelty cases and rescuing stray and injured animals.


City Animal Control is responsible for enforcing ordinances within the city as well as the state of California mandates.   

  • We respond and enforce all issues pertaining to dogs and a limited number of issues involving cats. 
  • We do not pick up contained cats; a leash law ordinance pertaining to cats does not currently exist within the city of Bakersfield.

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