Animal Control

The Town of Wickenburg works with Maricopa County Animal Care and Control (MCACC) for assistance with collection and housing of stray dogs. We also work with the Wickenburg Humane Society to promote responsible pet ownership.

Stray Dogs

If you call the Wickenburg Police Department (WPD) with a report of a stray dog, several questions will be asked by the dispatcher fielding your call. Those questions will include:
  • The current location of the dog
  • The direction of travel of the dog
  • The description of the dog
  • What the dog is currently doing
  • Whether the dog is aggressive
  • Whether you can determine if the dog has a tag or license
Based on your answers to these questions, MCACC will be contacted to collect the dog, or if the dog is actively creating a public safety issue by its aggressive actions, a Wickenburg Police Officer will be dispatched. If you have contained a stray dog, please contact the Wickenburg Police Department (WPD) for assistance. We will dispatch the MCACC for you; please do not contact MCACC directly to report a stray dog.

Dog Owners

If you are a dog owner concerned about your dog escaping from your yard, you can take preventative actions that reflect your responsibility as a pet owner. Those actions include:
  • Checking the fence line of your property to ensure that it cannot be breached by your dog
  • Licensing, tagging and/or micro-chipping your dog with your current information
  • Double checking that your current information is on your pet's tags

Dog Licenses

A license for your dog is required. However, there are many benefits of licensing in addition to fulfilling the legal requirement. Among those benefits:
  • If your dog is wearing his/her tag and someone calls MCACC's phone number engraved on the tag, the primary phone number on your account can be provided to the caller at any time.
  • If your dog escapes and is collected by an MCACC officer, MCACC staff will attempt to take your pet home to you immediately, eliminating a trip to an MCACC facility.
  • If your dog is taken to an MCACC facility, he or she will receive a longer care period. MCACC will exhaust every option they have to contact you using the information on your account in their database.
  • If your dog bites someone, he/she may be eligible for home quarantine instead of quarantine in a MCACC facility or a veterinary hospital.
  • License fees support the operations and care of the animals in MCACC facilities, the return of over 6,500 pets to their homes, and the adoption of more than 20,000 homeless pets to new families every year.
License fees run $6 to $17 annually for altered pets and are available online.

If your dog is missing...

If your dog is missing, you may contact the Wickenburg Police Department at (928) 684-5411 to see if we received a report of your dog as a stray. You may also check the WPD Facebook site. We will place photos of dogs collected in Wickenburg on that site as soon as possible after they have been collected by the MCACC Officer.

If your dog has been collected by MCACC


Maricopa County Animal Care and Control is located at 2500 South 27th Avenue in Phoenix. Their hours for stray recovery are from 11 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. daily. Their phone number is (602) 506-PETS (7387).

Other Services

MCACC also provides the following services for pet owning members of the community:
  • Rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats
  • Spay and Neuter programs to prevent more unwanted animals
  • Microchips
Your responsibility as a pet owner will ensure the long term viability of this program! Thank you for your patience as we make these important changes in order to serve you better. Please do not hesitate to contact WPD with your questions at 928-684-5411.