ANIMAL CONTROL

Mission

The Animal Control department is a division of the City of Big Spring Police Department. The Animal Control department manages and protects the animal population in Big Spring, enforces animal ordinances, protects the health and welfare of the citizens of Big Spring, and strives to place as many unwanted animals as possible in suitable homes.


The City of Big Spring Animal Shelter
3605 East 11th Place
Big Spring, Texas 79720
(432) 264-2372

Hours of Operation:
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday
(Closed for lunch from 11 a.m. - noon)
Closed Saturday and Sunday and all major holidays


About Animal Control

Big Spring’s Animal Control department consists of one Lieutenant, one Sergeant, four Animal Control Officers and one shelter attendant. The department maintains four vehicles specifically designed for the safe and humane capture and transport of animals.

The Animal Control Officers handle over 100 animals per month. Animal Control officers are on duty seven (7) days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. During those hours, the Animal Control Officers handle complaints from the general public and issue citations for ordinance violations. Only emergency calls are handled after 5:00 p.m. Along with duties within the city limits, the officers also respond into Howard County. Animal Control requests in the county can be requested by calling the:

  • Howard County Sheriff’s office at (432) 264-2244,
  • Animal Control Services at (432) 264-2563 or
  • Big Spring Police Dispatch Center at (432) 264-2550.


Services

Animal Control will respond to the following as Emergency Calls:

  • Dog or Cat bites with human exposure and broken skin
  • Stray animals that are injured
  • Sick animals at the request of a Police Officer
  • Loose livestock
  • Dead animals that are a traffic hazard only
  • Wild animals in homes
  • Poisonous snakes in homes
  • Dogs attacking other animals
  • Owner arrested with an animal in the vehicle
  • Skunks out in daylight hours only

Note: Any other calls received by the Animal Control Officer on-call will be screened by the on-call Officer and the on-call Officer will determine if it needs a response, or can be forwarded to the Animal Control office for response on the next business day.

Animal Services will not respond to the following as Emergency Calls:

  • Loose pit bulls (they are treated like other dogs)
  • Owned animals that are sick or injured (these are the responsibility of the owner)
  • Owned animals that are in their own yards in need of food, water, shelter, or veterinary care
  • Loose dogs with mange, foaming at the mouth, emaciated, tick infested or any other condition that is not life threatening
  • Dead animals on streets that are not a traffic hazard, small dead animals, in streets (not main thoroughfares), or dead animals in streets in either early/late hours of the day or during time of light or no traffic
  • Barking dogs
  • Sightings of skunks or other nocturnal animals out at night

Note: Police officers and sheriff's deputies respond to general nuisance calls after hours.  Calls that are considered non-emergency will not be responded to by the on-call Animal Control Officer at night or on the weekend. The on-call Animal Services Officer will determine which calls, if any, need to be referred to the Animal Control office the next business day.

Animal Services follows these policies to avoid being out on a non-emergency call when an emergency call comes in and not being available to handle the emergency when needed.

All animals that are picked up at large are taken to the Big Spring Animal Shelter. They are held there for three to five days, after which they are either adopted or humanely euthanized by injection. Some animals are placed on petfinder.com and held for two weeks for possible adoption. 


Contact Information

Lt. Lance Telchik, Animal Control Services
400 East 4th Street
Big Spring, Texas 79720
Phone: (432) 264-2570
Fax: (432) 264-2415
E-mail:

Sgt. Chad Williams, Animal Control Services
400 East 4th Street
Big Spring, Texas 79720
Phone: (432) 264-2589
Fax: (432) 264-2415
E-mail:

Amber Wooldridge, Animal Control Records Technician
400 East 4th Street
Big Spring, Texas 79720
Phone: (432) 264-2372
Fax: (432) 264-2415
E-mail:

For after-hours emergencies, call: (432) 264-2550 (Big Spring Police Department)