Animal Control is a hidden gem in Canyon. It’s a branch of the Canyon Police Department. However, Lisa Cox, animal control officer, has the sole responsibility of connecting found animals to safe homes.
Once Lisa picks up an animal, she diligently works to find its home. If an owner cannot be located or is unknown, she then works to find a new home for the animal. The City does not have long-term holding facilities, so the animals are kept temporarily for a few days. By Friday the animals are taken to Amarillo Animal Management and Welfare, located at 3501 S. Osage in Amarillo. The phone number there is (806) 378-6033, and hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The City of Canyon contracts with the City of Amarillo to provide shelter for strays and bite animals. Owners of stray animals must comply with regulations set by Amarillo Animal Management and Welfare to claim their animals.
Lisa has basic and advanced training requirements and is responsible for enforcing the City ordinances and State laws regulating animal control functions. While Lisa often picks up dogs and cats, her job is not limited to lost pets. Routinely, she responds to citizen complaints involving animal nuisances, such as stray animals, barking, aggressive dogs and animal bites.
Because of Canyon’s unique location, Lisa is often dispatched to calls involving wild animals, including skunks, opossums, raccoons or squirrels. If wild animals are captured, they are relocated and released back into the natural habitat with the exception of skunks, which are prone to carry rabies. Lisa can set traps for wild animals. For those who own their own trap, Lisa asks that those not be set on weekends or when she will be absent from work for a longer period of time. While traps are set for skunks, Animal Control cannot set a trap inside a garage or home. It is suggested to simply leave open a garage or door to allow the animal to leave on its own time.
Dale Davis, Chief of Canyon Police Department, explains the function of Animal Control. To contact Animal Control, call Canyon Police Department at (806) 655-5005. One can also find more information about animal safety and lost animals on the Facebook page, City of Canyon – Animal Control.