The Animal Control Division is comprised of a Lieutenant, one Sergeant, one Corporal, and one Deputy. Animal Control Deputies answer calls for service primarily Monday through Friday. One Deputy will be on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Animal Control answers calls regarding aggressive dogs, public being bitten by domestic animals, as well as wildlife. Once the animal is located it must be impounded for ten days and watched for possible signs of rabies. Lubbock County does not have a leash law and therefore stray dogs are not picked up unless they are aggressive toward the public or other animals. Animal Control also is responsible for stray horses, cattle, sheep, goats and many other animals. These strays may have to be seized and transported to a veterinarian or the Lubbock Stock Yards for safe keeping until the animal is either picked up by the owner or sold at auction. Animal Control also assists the Patrol Division and other divisions within the Lubbock Sheriff’s Office as needed.
Animal Control Deputies attend a six week academy to become a Texas Certified Animal Control Officer. In addition to the academy the Animal Control Deputies are required to attend in-service training to keep current on the ever changing laws and Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) required training. In addition to their Animal Control duties the deputies have the ability to serve on the Tactical Operations Unit, and Honor Guard.