Santa Barbara Police Animal Services Operations Modified
Source: Santa Barbara Police Department, Animal Control
In order to keep pets, staff, and the community safe during the COVID-19 outbreak, Santa Barbara Police Department has modified operations and created a proactive plan to mitigate unnecessary gathering of people.
Animal Control Field Operations will respond to priority calls only at this time as per the recommendations of the National Animal Care and Control Association. As members of the public safety community, we have an obligation to perform our sworn duties during disasters both natural and man-made. Priority calls include:
- Law enforcement assistance
- Injured or sick stray animals
- Cruelty and neglect complaints
- Bite reports
- Dangerous and aggressive dog complaints
- Confined wild animals (when trapped in a residence)
Santa Barbara County Animal Shelter Operations will temporarily be limiting their in-person services, effective immediately. All shelter locations will remain open by appointment or via phone. In-person services include: adoptions, shelter intakes and return to the owner of animals already in the care of the shelter. All measures will be taken to return animals to their owners in the field instead of impounding them; owner surrender intakes will be on an emergency basis only. For questions regarding Santa Barbara County Animal Shelter please call them directly at 805.681.5285.
Santa Barbara Police Department Animal Control Officers will continue to be on-site during normal working hours to answer questions by phone and address any concerns you may have relating to animal control issues. For questions or concerns please call the animal control office directly at 805.963.1513. We thank you for your support and understanding during this challenging time.