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Animal Control

The Animal Control Division of the La Porte Police Department is responsible for animals within the city limits. The animal shelter is located at 1201 South 4th Street. The Animal Control Officers are dispatched by the La Porte Police Department.

Animal Control hours are:

Monday - Friday
5:45 am - 5:45 pm

Saturday and Sunday
7:45 am - 3:45 pm
(281) 471-3811


Rabies Vaccination: All Dogs and Cats are required by law to have a current rabies vaccination by the age of four months. The Rabies Tag is required to be worn by the animal at all times.

City Registration: All Dogs and Cats are required by the city to have a city registration by the age of four months. City registrations can be purchased at City Hall located at 604 West Fairmont. The cost for city registration is five dollars for an unaltered animal and there is no fee for an altered animal. The registration is a year to date registration. You must have a copy of your animal’s rabies vaccination certificate when purchasing the city registration.

Animal Bites: Any bite or scratch by an animal shall be reported immediately to the Animal Control Division for investigation at 281-471-3811.

Number of Animals Allowed: It is unlawful to have more than two dogs or cats or any combination thereof over the age of four months.

Running at large off the premises: Any dog which is not restrained by means of a leash or chain of sufficient strength and not more than six feet in length to control the actions of such animal while off the premises, or any cat which is off the owner’s property.

Running at large on the premises: Any dog not confined on the premises of the owner by a substantial fence of sufficient strength and height to prevent the animal from escaping , or secured on the premises by a metal chain or leash sufficient in strength to prevent the animal from escaping from the premises and so arranged that the animal will remain upon the premises when the leash is stretched to full length. A dog intruding upon the property of another person other than the owner shall be termed at large. Any animal within an automobile or other vehicle of its owner or owner’s agent shall not be deemed at large. A female dog in heat that is not enclosed shall be considered at large, whether on or off the premises.

Barking Dogs: If you have a problem with a dog barking contact the Animal Control Division at 281-471-3810.

Adoption: The La Porte Animal Shelter adopts animals Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm. The animals are available for viewing during all business hours. All animals adopted through the shelter are required to have a current rabies vaccination and be spayed or neutered. The La Porte Animal Shelter Also Participates on the Petfinder.com website.

Animal Redemption: An owner of a dog or cat wishing to claim their animal from the shelter must contact the shelter and make arrangements to pick up the animal and pay the fees. The pound fees are $35.00 for the first 24 hours and $5.00 for every additional 24-hour period. If the animal is not currently vaccinated for rabies a fee of $10.00 will be added for a rabies vaccination. If the animal does not have a current City registration the registration fees will apply.

Cat and Dog Traps: Cat and Dog Traps are available to be checked out at the animal shelter. You must be a resident of La Porte to check out a trap and have a form of ID with your address on it. Traps are checked out in three-day increments.

Wild animals and Dangerous Wild Animals: Wild Animals and Dangerous Wild Animals must be registered with the City before bringing the animals into the City of La Porte. Registration packets are available at the Animal Shelter at 1201 South 4th Street in La Porte.