Animal Control

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Le'Kisha Stinecipher, Animal Control Coordinator

Lekisha Stinecipher

Smith County Animal Control Coordinator Le’Kisha Stinecipher has served Smith County for five years.

She has obtained certifications in Advanced Zoonosis Control, Telecommunication, TLETS/NLETS, and Corrections.

Mrs. Stinecipher served in the Smith County Communications and Warrants Division for three years before working for Animal Control. Since becoming the Animal Control Coordinator, Mrs. Stinecipher has constructed a volunteer program and expanded the working capabilities of the Smith County Animal Control Department. She coordinates with local and national rescue organizations to increase the rate of rehoming animals.

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
    • 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 

Animal Control Mission Statement

It is the objective of Smith County Animal Control to efficiently recover and return stray animals to the rightful owner through a diligent search, and to provide the most effective means of transportation, impoundment, advertisement and sale of such animals when ownership cannot be determined.

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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