Animal Complaints


Non-Emergency Animal Matters


Non-emergency complaints are those that do not pose a threat to life, public safety, or danger of serious injury to the public or animals. Non-emergency complaints do not require immediate action from Animal Services and shall be investigated during normal business hours.

If you live within the CITY LIMITS of Dinuba, Exeter, Farmersville, Lindsay, Porterville, Tulare, Visalia or Woodlake, please contact your city's local animal control department instead of filling out this form. 

Tulare County Animal Services can only respond to complaints within the unincorporated areas of Tulare County. 

If you have a complaint about any animal-related matters falling under the jurisdiction of the Tulare County Animal Services Division, please contact our office at:

Tulare County Animal Services
(559) 636-4050 
14131 Avenue 256                
Visalia, CA  93292
Shelter Hours:  10 a.m.–4 p.m., Monday through Saturday by appointment

Or, you may submit a complaint electronically by completing an electronic COMPLAINT FORM. This form can be used to notify Animal Services of an issue that potentially needs investigation.

Please be sure to include accurate contact information if you would like a reply from Animal Services.

Examples of Non-Emergency Complaints:

  • Deceased animals on the side of road or in public areas not disrupting traffic
  • Stray domestic animals
  • Violations of animal control ordinances that do not pose a threat to public safety
  • Nuisance complaints
  • Barking dogs

If you reside within any of the following cities, please contact them directly:

Visalia Animal Care Center

(559) 713-4700
29016 Highway 99
Visalia, CA  93277
Shelter Hours:  12 p.m.–6 p.m., Wednesday through Friday
                         12 p.m.–5 p.m., Saturday through Sunday  


Porterville Animal Control

(559) 562-5947
23611 Road 196                    
Lindsay, CA  93247
Shelter Hours:  12 p.m.–5 p.m., Monday through Friday
                          9 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday


Tulare Animal Services Facility
(559) 685-5047
3817 South K Street                    
Tulare, CA  93274
Shelter Hours:  10 a.m.–7 p.m., Monday
                          8 a.m.–5 p.m., Tuesday through Friday


Emergency Animal Matters

Calls to report an animal emergency matter should be directed to Animal Services during normal business hours, and to the Tulare County Sheriff Dispatch after hours and on Sundays and holidays. 

  • Livestock or equine at large disrupting traffic
  • Aggressive stray animals at large on a school grounds, parks, or playgrounds
  • Animals in distress, sick, or injured; hit by car, result of attack with witness on scene
  • Active (just happened) bite incident
  • Dogs killing livestock or other domesticated animals; dog is confined onsite

Per Tulare County Animal Ordinance, unsubstantiated or false claims and/or abusing requests for emergency services may result in an administrative penalty being assessed to the reporting party or animal owner.