Animal Control

Animal Control Officer


Our Animal Control Officer, who works within the La Mesa Police Department, investigates a wide variety of problems related to both domestic and wild animals and enforces ordinances such as leash laws and dog license requirements. Please see the following sections for information on dealing with wildlife (coyotes, raccoons, skunks, etc.) and tips on resolving neighborhood animal
noise complaints in the City of La Mesa.


Urban Wildlife Information

More Information

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Animal Noise Complaints

Animal Noise Complaints Facts and Information

Missing Pets

If you are missing your pet, you should report it to Animal Control so that we can enter it into our lost and found directory. All stray animals picked up in La Mesa are taken to the El Cajon Shelter, so you should also check there for your pet.

Shelter Information

The City of La Mesa does not maintain its own animal shelter. We contract with the City of El Cajon to provide shelter services. If you wish to adopt an animal, please contact the El Cajon Animal Shelter by phone at 619.441.1580 or in person at:

1373 N. Marshall Avenue
El Cajon, CA 92020

La Mesa Police Department - Animal Control Unit

Animal Control Officer C. Newmark
8085 University Avenue
La Mesa, CA 91942
Contact: 619.667.7536
Hours: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
After hours contact La Mesa Police Department 619.667.1400

Unincorporated Areas

La Mesa Animal Control only services the incorporated City of La Mesa. Unincorporated areas of La Mesa such as Mount Helix and also the Spring Valley area are serviced by the County of San Diego Animal Services. They can be reached at 619.278.9760.

Lemon Grove

Lemon Grove is under the jurisdiction of Chula Vista Animal Control and they can be reached at 619.691.5123.