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Support Services Bureau – Animal Control

The Hays County Sheriff’s Office has four  Animal Control Officers (ACOs), patrolling 688 square miles, with the exception of the cities of San Marcos, Kyle, and Buda. The Animal Control Division strives to ensure the safety of the citizens and the humane treatment of all animals in Hays County. Hays County contracts with the San Marcos Animal Shelter.  Any stray or impounded animal picked up will be housed at the San Marcos Animal Shelter. We make every attempt to locate livestock owners when stray or loose livestock incidents occur. We encourage all livestock owners to register with Hays County.

Just a reminder to all of our dog owners, Hays County has an animal restraint law:  Your dog must be restrained at all times by fence, chain, or leash.

San Marcos Animal Shelter
750 River Road
San Marcos Texas 78666

Hays County Animal Control Ordinance (PDF download)

Safe Outdoor Dogs Act

The Safe Outdoor Dogs Act, which is a statewide policy governing the restraint of dogs outdoors, went into effect January 18, 2022. It was signed into law on October 25, 2021.


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