The department has an Animal Control Division that consists of one Lieutenant, one Sergeant, four Animal Control Officers, and a shelter worker. The Animal Control Officers handle over 100 animals monthly. There is an officer on duty seven (7) days a week from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The officers handle complaints from the general public and issue citations for ordinance violations. These complaints are received at 432-264-2563 during working hours and only emergency calls are handled after 5:00 PM. In the event of an emergency after 5:00 PM, calls should be made to the Big Spring Police Department at 432-264-2550. Along with the duties within the city the officers also respond through out Howard County to assist with animal calls. The Animal Control Division only enforces ordinance violations that pertain and take place inside the city limits of Big Spring, but does work closely with the Howard County Sheriff’s Office to help eliminate any problems that occur in the county. The Rabies vaccination is required by Texas State Law and will be enforced county wide by the Animal Control Division, Big Spring Police Department, and the Howard County Sheriff’s Office.
The Animal Control Division has several small and large animal traps to loan to local residents. At this time residents are placed on a waiting list for the traps. When a trap becomes available the Animal Control Officer will assist in setting up and demonstrating the traps operation. The animal traps are released to residents after a waiver is signed and the residents become responsible for lost or stolen traps.
The Big Spring Animal Control has associated itself with Petfinder.com. This is a national database where potential pet owners can go and see if any shelter or associate member has pets they would like to adopt. We are posting pictures of animals, which have been picked up and not claimed by the owner on Petfinder.com as well as this page. We believe this will be a big boost in finding homes for our stray animals. Any person looking for a pet is encouraged to go to Petfinder.com and check out the available pets for adoption here and in other parts of the country.
This department is also responsible for the inspection and issuance or commercial animal establishment permits, multiple animal permits, dangerous dog permits, as well as any other animal permits. A permit will only be issued if the person requesting the permit is in compliance with the laws of the state and the city ordinances of Big Spring. The following is a list of contacts for the Animal Control Division.
Sgt. Phil Whitten