Animal Control / Shelter

KerryKerry's Corner

Winter wellness

Has your pet had his/her preventive care exam (wellness exam) yet? Cold weather may worsen some medical conditions such as arthritis. Your pet should be examined by a veterinarian at least once a year, and it's as good a time as any to get him/her checked out to make sure (s)he is ready and as healthy as possible for cold weather. 

Animal Control and Shelter Building

Dalhart Animal Control & Shelter

The City of Dalhart Animal Control provides for the safety and well being of animals within the city limits of Dalhart while enforcing state and local laws.

The city employs two animal control officers under the supervision of the Police Chief.

Conducting Business

The Dalhart Animal Control Shelter is an entity of the Dalhart Police Department and the City of Dalhart. The facility is not a privately run facility. On occasions Animal control will conduct business with private entities and reputable no-kill shelters or transport companies. These entities must be vetted through the police department and go through an approval process. Anyone wishing to conduct business with the City of Dalhart Animal Shelter must contact Animal Control at 806-244-5546 and proper paperwork completed in accordance with the law before any animal is release to them.

The Dalhart Animal Control Shelter does not take injured animals to the veterinarian. 

Rules & Regulations Information

  • Dogs must wear a city tag, available at the veterinary clinics in Dalhart or from the Animal Control Officer. The animal permit fee is $10 per animal.
  • Long standing ordinances allow up to four dogs per household under a leash law. A kennel is required for 5 or more dogs. A certificate of approval is required for 5 or more dogs.
  • A Breeder's Certificate is required if you wish to breed your animals. 
  • State law requires all animals must have up-to-date rabies vaccination before leaving the shelter.
  • Please keep your pets in your yard or on a leash at all times. Our Animal Control Officers pick up dogs that roam the streets and citations will be issued for dogs at large.
  • Rules regarding the raising of other animals vary from neighborhood to neighborhood.
  • The City encourages the spaying and neutering of you animals.
  • The Rita Blanca Lake trails are City property and dogs must be kept on a leash while accompanying you on your hike.

Feel free to call Code Compliance or Animal Control if you have any questions.