Health Department
Health Department - Animal Control
The City's Animal Control Department is staffed by one Sr. Animal Control Officer and three animal control officers who under the direction of the Environmental Health Director promote responsible pet ownership through education and enforcement of the City's Animal Control Ordinances. The Department is responsible for impounding dogs/cats involved in bite incidents for proper monitoring as per State requirements. Animals that are captured or turned over to the Animal Control Officers are taken to the Animal Shelter located at 1106 Markowsky in Harlingen where they are monitored by the Harlingen Humane Society staff. Officers also respond to citizen concerns regarding stray and/or vicious animals, provide assistance to the Harlingen Police Department in the investigation and disposition of possible cruelty to animal cases, investigate and address citizen bee call complaints, and patrol City streets in an attempt to address animals running at large and remove dead animal carcasses.
Humane Society
1106 Markowsky
Harlingen, Texas  78550
(956) 425-7297
Open Monday - Friday 12:00 noon - 5:00 P.M.
Saturday & Sunday  - 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Animal Control Department
(956) 216-5220
Monday thru Friday from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.
Customers can contact the Animal Control Department on Saturday and Sunday for emergency calls by calling the Police Dispatch Center at (956) 427-8787  sharvill@myharlingen.us
Mission Statement
Promote responsible pet ownership through education and enforcement of the City’s Animal Control Ordinances.
Primary Responsibilities
Bite incident investigations take priority over all other responsibilities. Officers investigate and impound
animal(s) involved in a bite incidents at the City Animal Shelter located at 1106 Markowsky Street in Harlingen where they are monitored for signs of rabies as per State requirements. Animal Control Officers are also responsible for patrolling all city streets on a daily basis in an effort to address animals running at large and remove dead animal carcasses. Once a year the city offers low-cost rabies clinics to citizens at a number of convenient locations throughout the City. These clinics are historically held during the months of March and/or April of each year. We encourage all citizens to take advantage of these low cost clinics. Remember keeping your pet vaccinated is also the LAW. Link to Animal Control Ordinance:  Chapter 90: Animals


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