Our Field Team

Who We Are

Maricopa County Animal Care and Control employs 28 full-time Animal Control Officers (ACOs) available 7 days a week to assist the residents of 17 Cities and Towns, 1 Tribal Nation, and 32 unincorporated towns in Maricopa County. Our ACOs are highly trained to deal with a variety of situations and provide education and enforcement of applicable State, County, and local ordinances.  

What We Do

We respond to over 30,000 calls for service each year and impound upwards of 10,000 stray and lost dogs per year. As part of our response efforts, we also help reunite lost dogs with their owners in the field and enforce leash laws.

How To Reach Us

If you need our assistance, please contact our Call Center at 602-506-7387; representatives are available to assist you between 8AM – 5PM every day (Saturday and Sunday included). You may also visit our Report an Animal Issue webpage for more information and our online forms.

Dog License and Leash Laws

Did You Know?

All cities and towns serviced by Maricopa County have laws that make it a misdemeanor offense to not have your dog(s) licensed as well as a misdemeanor for a dog to not be on leash (“at large”). The Arizona Revised Statutes defines Dog at Large as: Each dog shall be confined within an enclosure on the owner's property, secured so that the dog is confined entirely to the owner's property, or on a leash not to exceed six feet in length and directly under the owner's control when not on the owner's property. Please note that electronic fences are not considered suitable to safely contain a dog within the owner’s property.

Licensed and Leashed equals one Safe and Happy Dog!

Dog on Leash

What Should You Do If...

You need to get your dog(s) licensed?

Contact the Call Center (602-506-7837) or visit the Licensing webpage for more information, including vaccination requirements, and an online option to request your dog’s license.

You want to report a dog off-leash (“at large”)?

Contact the Call Center (602-506-7837) or submit an online report.

Your pet is the victim of a wildlife attack?

Contact the Call Center (602-506-7837) or submit an online report.

You or your pet are the victim(s) of a dog bite or attack?

Contact the Call Center (602-506-7837) or submit an online report.

Your dog is involved in a dog-on-dog attack at an off-leash dog park, with no dog bite to you or another person?

This is a civil matter for the people involved to resolve. If the encounter becomes dangerous, you may want to contact your local police for immediate mediation of the situation.

PLEASE NOTE: If any of the above situations are a continuing and ongoing threat, please contact 9-1-1 to report the emergency.

You found a lost dog?

Bring the dog to your nearest veterinary clinic or animal hospital to have the dog scanned for a microchip. You can then contact the owner directly, search the microchip information online, or contact the Call Center (602-506-7837) with the microchip information to help reunite the dog with the owner before having to bring the dog to the shelter. Additional information is also available on our Lost and Found webpage.

Photos From The Field

At Large Dogs by ACO Truck
Rescued Dog in ACO Truck
ACO Rescuing Dog at Large
ACOs Scanning Dog for Microchip
ACOs Rescuing Dogs at Large