Animal Control

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David Dolphin, Deputy Director of Utilities
(626) 570-3230
111 South First Street
Building Division Counter Hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Plan Check Counter Hours: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care & Control

Office Location:
11258 S. Garfield Ave.
Downey, CA 90242

Phone: 562-940-6898

Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care & Control:
Monday – Thursday 12 p.m. - 7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 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 Ave., 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.


  • 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. For more information, click here.

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


  • 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 CDC Home & Recreational Safety webpage about dogs by clicking here.

What's the Status of the General Plan Update?

(Update as of March 19, 2018). You may have seen a notice in Around Alhambra indicating that the Draft General Plan Update and Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) would be available for public review beginning March 23, 2018. However, the City and its consultant continue to refine both documents, and they will not be completed by this date. A new notice indicating a revised date for public review will be issued once the documents are ready. We anticipate that this will occur in the next couple of months and apologize for any inconvenience that this delay has caused. If you have already signed up for email notifications, you will be emailed when the documents are available for review. If you have not signed up and wish to be notified please send an email to: Please type “Request for Notification” in the subject line.


Interested in the anticipated timeline for the General Plan update process? Click here


  • Eco Fair: Informational Booth (Saturday, May 2, 2015 at Alhambra Park)
  • Kick-Off and Introduction: Joint Meeting of the City Council/Commissions/Boards (Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at the Granada Park Gym)
  • Community meeting to Introduce the Project and Identify Issues (May 20, 2015, Civic Center Library-Reese Hall)
  • 710 Day Celebration: Informational Booth (Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at Valley/Fremont)
  • Farmer's Market: Informational Booth (Sunday, June 28, 2015, South Second Street)
  • Farmer's Market: Informational Booth (Sunday, July 19, 2015, South Second Street)
  • Community Meeting #2  (Wednesday, January 13, 2016, Alhambra Civic Center Library -Reese Hall)
  • Community Meeting #3 (Wednesday, June 14, 2017, Alhambra Civic Center Library- Reese Hall)



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