Animal Control

Animal Control Officer

Overview


Our Animal Control Officer works at the La Mesa Police Department. They investigate a wide variety of problems related to domestic animals and enforce 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.


Found and Stray Animals


Stray dogs found in the City of La Mesa need to be taken to the San Diego Humane Society - El Cajon Campus at 1373 N. Marshall, El Cajon 92020. The San Diego Humane Society provides sheltering services for the City of La Mesa and dog owners from our city will be directed to look for their pet at that facility.  Other shelters may accept a dog from La Mesa; however, it must then be transported to the El Cajon Shelter which causes a delay in reuniting the dog and its owner.

Stray cats are considered free roaming animals.  They are not picked up by Animal Control.  The San Diego Humane Society will accept cats as strays into their facility, but given the nature of their free roaming lifestyle, you may want to check with your neighbors to make sure that the cat isn't a neighborhood pet.

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 San Diego Humane Society - El Cajon Campus, so you should also check there for your pet.


Shelter Information

*New COVID-19 Shelter Procedure*

The San Diego Humane Society - El Cajon Campus has limited hours and is conducting most services by appointment only. Please contact them at 619.299.7012.

This DOES NOT affect the ACO or officer ability to take animals into the shelter. The animals will still be cared for by shelter employees, this does not affect their care while at the shelter.

This DOES affect how owners can claim their pets from the shelter.

  • Anyone wanting to claim their animal from the shelter must call them at 619.299.7012 and make an appointment. Only appointments will be allowed into the shelter.

The City of La Mesa does not maintain its own animal shelter. We contract with the City of San Diego Humane Society - El Cajon Campus to provide shelter services. If you wish to adopt an animal, please contact the San Diego Humane Society - El Cajon Campus by phone at 619.299.7012 or online.

1373 N. Marshall Avenue
El Cajon, CA 92020

All San Diego shelters including the San Diego Humane Society, work towards the goal that every adoptable animal will be adopted. Adoptable animals are not euthanized due to space concerns or length of time in the shelter.


Unincorporated Areas


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

San Diego Humane Society


The San Diego Humane Society is a private organization that provides contract services to the Cities of El Cajon and Santee.  While all La Mesa animals are supposed to be taken to the San Diego Humane Society - El Cajon Campus, sometimes residents will bring them to the San Diego Humane Society at 5500 Gaines Street, San Diego thinking it is an independent alternative.  Any La Mesa animals taken to the San Diego Humane Society main campus will eventually be transported to the El Cajon Campus by the La Mesa Animal Control Officer.  You may want to contact the San Diego Humane Society main campus to see if your animal was mistakenly brought to their facility and has not been transported yet.  They can be reached at 619.299.7012.


Lemon Grove


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

Deceased Animals


Deceased pets and deceased animals from roadways can be brought to the La Mesa Police Department at 8085 University Avenue, La Mesa, CA 91942.  Leave the animal in your vehicle and let the front office know that you are bringing in a deceased animal.  There is a fee for storage and removal of deceased pets.  Deceased animals are held in frozen storage and are removed by an independent contractor on a weekly basis.