Animal Services

AFV provides animal services to the cities of Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake, Wildomar, Murrieta, Temecula and Menifee.
(As of April 1, lost animals from the city of Menifee are housed at the San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus [see below]. If you find an animal in Menifee, please take him there. The Southwest Communities Animal Shelter in Wildomar cannot accept Menifee animals.)
The humane and animal services officers respond to calls from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. They also respond to all EMERGENCIES within the city limits of the above cities after regular business hours. (Please make sure that you have a true emergency before calling after regular business hours.)

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Attention Menifee Residents!

Lost animals from the city of Menifee are housed at:

San Jacinto Valley Animal Campus
581 S. Grand Ave.
San Jacinto, CA 92582
951-358-7387

Animal Friends of the Valleys cannot shelter Menifee animals.

Meet your animal control officers:
Front row
Amanda Oliva; Sheila Risinger (humane officer); Willa Bagwell (executive director, humane officer); Faith Kelsey; Terry Mundy; Jan Bratten (humane officer)
Back row:
Tom Jackson; Monique Middleton (ACO supervisor, humane officer); Will Tucker; Danika Maldonado; Jack Nelson (humane officer)

LICENSING

State laws and city ordinances mandate that all dogs be vaccinated against rabies and licensed at the age of four months or within thirty days of moving into a city. The city of Lake Elsinore also requires that all cats be licensed.

Licensing Fees

Licenses can be purchased at the shelter, 33751 Mission Trail, Wildomar (10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every Wed., as well as the third Sunday of every month, Noon to 4 p.m.); every Saturday at the Temecula PETCO, 40474 Winchester Rd. (behind Sears), 9 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.; and at our monthly low cost vaccination clinics the third Saturday of each month in Lake Elsinore at the City Park, Main St. and Limited Ave., 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Download a license application.



Potentially Dangerous Dogs

AFV takes very seriously our obligation and duty to investigate incidents that involve the possession of potentially dangerous dogs. The decisions made by Animal Control on behalf of the citizens ensure the health, safety and welfare of the public.

Food & Agriculture Code 31601.

The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:

(a) Potentially dangerous and vicious dogs have become a serious and widespread threat to the safety and welfare of citizens of this state. In recent years they have assaulted without provocation and seriously injured numerous individuals, particularly children, and have killed numerous dogs. Many of these attacks have occurred in public places.

(b) The number and severity of these attacks are attributable to the failure of owners to register, confine, and properly control vicious and potentially dangerous dogs.

Please be aware that Food & Agriculture Code 31602 defines a "Potentially Dangerous Dog" as:

(a) Any dog which, when unprovoked, on two separate occasions within the prior 36-month period, engages in any behavior that requires a defensive action by any person to prevent bodily injury when the person and the dog are off the property of the owner or keeper of the dog.

(b) Any dog which, when unprovoked, bites a person causing a less severe injury than as defined in Section 31604.

(c) Any dog which, when unprovoked, on two separate occasions within the prior 36-month
period, has killed, seriously bitten, inflicted injury, or otherwise caused injury attacking a domestic animal off the property of the owner or keeper of the dog.

Food & Agriculture Code 31603 defines a vicious dog as:

(a) Any dog seized under Section 599aa of the Penal Code and upon the sustaining of a conviction of the owner or keeper under subdivision (a) of Section 597.5 of the Penal Code.

(b) Any dog which, when unprovoked, in an aggressive manner, inflicts severe injury on or kills a human being.

(c) Any dog previously determined to be and currently listed as a potentially dangerous dog which, after its owner or keeper has been notified of this determination, continues the behavior described in Section 31602 or is maintained in violation of Section 31641, 31642 or 31643.

Potentially Dangerous Dog List

For the cities of Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake, Murrieta, Temecula, Wildomar, Menifee


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