Public Health and Safety
The primary purpose of the Bexar County Animal Control Department is public health and safety. The department was created in late 2013 to help the constituents of the unincorporated areas of Bexar County with loose animals that are causing a threat to health and human life.
The Bexar County Animal Control Department does not have a shelter. Through an agreement with the City of San Antonio, Bexar County Animal Control is allowed limited space at the City of San Antonio Animal Care Services facility. Once the animal is dropped off with Animal Care Services, ACS will decide the final disposition of the animal.
Control VS Care
There are two types of animal services:
Animal Control is primarily focused on the public health and safety aspect of animal services. Bexar County provides this service. Our Animal Control Officers go out to the field, primarily based on calls reported, and pick up animals that are a threat to public health and safety such as dogs biting humans. Once the animal is picked up, it is transported to Animal Care Services for sheltering.
Animal Care is primarily focused on the health and safety of the animal. Bexar County does not have a shelter and does not provide this service.
Animal cruelty is handled by the Sheriff’s Office, they have the authority to open a criminal investigation and obtain a warrant if need be.
If you suspect animal cruelty, please contact the Sheriff’s Department at (210) 335-6000; press option 1