Animal Control

Mission Statement

To Promote responsible pet ownership through education and enforcement of the City of San Benito Animal Control Ordinance.

Primary Responsibilities

Bite incident investigations take priority over all other responsibilities. Animal Control Officers are also responsible for patrolling the city on a daily basis in an effort to address animals running at large and to remove dead animal carcasses. San Benito Animal Control officers also work in conjunction with their San Benito Police Department counterparts in the detection and investigation of cruelty to animal cases. Cases of animal cruelty should be reported to the San Benito Police Department at (956) 361-3880.

Vaccination Clinics

Vaccination clinics are held periodically.
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Rabies - $10
Parvovirus/Distemper - $20
Bordetella - $20
Flea & Tick - 1 pill: $22; 6-pack: $120
Dewormer - $7
City Registration Fee - $5 (Must have proof of rabies vaccination for registration)
No bills larger than $20

Contact Us

Javier Coronado, Animal Services Technician

Email Javier Coronado


Animal Control Reporting / Dispatch

(956) 361-3880

Dial 9-1-1 for Emergencies

Email Police Dispatch for Animal Control Service Requests

Please include your name, address, call back phone number and nature of your call / request. 



Animal Control Request For Service

  1. Please leave your phone number so the Animal Control Division may contact you if necessary. 

  2. Please place your address or the location of where the Animal Control Division Officer is needed. 

  3. Please provide information as to what type of call description you are reporting. Animal in a trap, animal bite, loose animals, animal cruelty...etc.

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*Public Notice                                                                                                                                                                                                             The City of San Benito Animal Control Division is no longer picking up trapped cats or opossums. Opossums may get a bad rap but they usually will not try to harm you or your family but have been known to cause damage to homes while looking for food.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Here are some helpful tips to remove opossums or the possibly of them from occupying your living space:                                                              -Remove food sources from your yard such as exposed pet food or from trash bins that are not properly sealed.                                                         -Scents such as ammonia and mothballs may be repulsive to opossums and if you do not have outdoor pets, you can safely deploy these                 items in used coffee cans to repel them from the area.                                                                                                                                                 -Rid your yard of piles of firewood or brush which opossums may find shelter in.                                                                                                           -Seal points of entry into your home or under a shed / deck type structure. Chicken wire and hardware cloth are good ways to accomplish                this.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 -If encountered in your home or living / work spaces, you should seek a professional wildlife control company to remove the opossums                    safely from the area and away from your residence.