How many dogs/cats can I legally keep at my residence?

According to Article 2-3 Dogs and Cats (Section 2-3-1 Maximum Number), "It shall be unlawful for any person to keep, possess, or maintain dogs and/or cats in a total number exceeding 4 per premises," i.e. 2 dogs 2 cats, 1 cat 3 dogs, etc.

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1. Who do I call if I want to report an animal attack/bite/vicious animal?
2. Who do I call if I want to report a stray, dead, or barking dog issue during or after regular business hours?
3. Where can I find an updated copy of the Odessa City Ordinance?
4. How can I get rid of stray/unwanted cats at my house?

Two options:

  1. Contact 432-335-5744 and report the issue. Feral cats are all over Odessa and these are low-priority calls and traps may not be available.
  2. You can purchase your trap and you will have to monitor it. If you catch a feral cat, you can take it to the Shelter during business hours 10 am - 4 pm Tuesday – Saturday. Traps cannot be set in inclement weather or during weekends or holidays.
5. How many dogs/cats can I legally keep at my residence?
6. How often does my dog/cat/ferret need to receive the rabies vaccine?
7. Will an Animal Control Officer come out and inspect my home/property to ensure my pets are within the City ordinance?
8. If I live in the county (red or white street signs) and have an animal issue, who do I contact?

If you live in Ector County, you need to contact the Ector County Sheriff’s Office at 432-335-3050.

9. If I want to report an animal-related issue, can I stay anonymous?
10. If Animal Control picks up a stray animal and I want it, how can I adopt it?