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Amber Greene, Animal Control and Shelter Supervisor

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Amber Greene was appointed to serve as Smith County Animal Control and Shelter Supervisor on February 18, 2020, by the Smith County Commissioners Court.

Ms. Greene began working as an animal control officer for Smith County in December 2019, and has 10 years of experience working as an animal control officer for the City of Tyler.

The Smith County Animal Control and Shelter has nine employees.

Smith County operates its Animal Shelter for the purpose of reducing the general animal control problems in Smith County, including the vaccination of dogs, reporting human exposure to rabies, quarantine and testing of biting animals, reduction of the stray animal population, restraint of dangerous animals, protecting its citizens from the dangers and problems associated with animals at large, inhumane treatment of animals and other related services.

If you are searching for a lost animal, select the 'Find Animals' link to the left. All postings are current.

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General Information

To Make a Report

To file a report or complaint, you may call the Smith County 24-hour communications center in a non-emergency situation. Phone: 903-566-6600

In the event the animal is posing a threat to the public or the situation is an emergency, dial 911.

To Claim an Animal

  • To claim dogs, call the Smith County Animal Control administrative office Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
    • Phone: 903-266-4303
    • Email
    • Fax: 903-526-0202
    • The Smith County Animal Shelter is located at 322 East Ferguson Street, Tyler, Texas, 75702
  • To claim livestock, call the Sheriff's Office Low Risk Facility for 24-hour service. 
    • Phone: 903-590-2840 

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Animal Control Mission Statement

Our mission is to enhance the public’s health and safety by providing comprehensive education and exemplary service to the citizens of Smith County and their pets, while also reducing the population of homeless and needy animals within Smith County.

Stray Animal (Dog)

Animal means any mammal, domesticated or wild and The Smith County Animal Control, as part of the Northeast Texas Public Health District, defines a stray animal as a 'dog' or a member of the canine family.

Estray Animal (Livestock)

Texas livestock laws define an estray as any valuable domestic animal such as a horse, mule, hog, sheep, goat, cattle, exotic livestock, or exotic fowl that has strayed from it's owner. Texas livestock laws require the Sheriff to pick up any estray animal reported to Smith County Animal Control, regardless of who reports it.

When a report is received by a dispatcher, he/she shall obtain as much information as possible from the reporting person about the animal's location and possible owner, then dispatch an animal control unit.

If a danger to the public is determined, a patrol unit will be dispatched if an animal control unit is not immediately available. The first responder will make a diligent search to determine the owner of the stray. If they are unable to locate the owner, the stray will be transported to the designated Smith County facility, which may be different if the stray is a dog or if it is livestock.


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