Animal Control

General Policies

Animals kept as pets within the city of Leesville must be cared for in a humane and sanitary way, being provided with food, water, care and attention.

Pets are required to be vaccinated on an annual basis.

Dogs, when not indoors, caged, in a fenced yard or tethered, must be under the control of the owner. Owners must walk their dogs on a leash and pick up after the animal, disposing of feces in a sanitary manner. 

Stray Animals

It is the City's policy that NO PETS will be allowed to run at-large. 

If you wish to voluntarily surrender your pet, please do not abandon them on the street. Call ahead to make sure they have room available, then take them directly to the Vernon Parish Animal Shelter located at 272 J.L. O’Banion Rd. As of August 12, 2022 they do not charge for this service.

Cats are no longer picked up by the Leesville Animal Control Officer, however citizens can borrow a live trap from the Vernon Parish Shelter, who will then accept the animals and place them for adoption.

When at-large dogs are captured by Animal Control, they are taken to the Vernon Parish Animal Shelter. Contact the shelter directly to make arrangements for retrieving your pet. 

Vicious Dogs

According to City Code, any dog who has, when unprovoked, bitten or attacked a human being or other animal is deemed vicious. Also, any Pit Bull and/or Pit Bull mixed breed, regardless of their individual nature, will fall into this category. Because their great strength often results in extensive injuries to the victim, the City has special guidelines for their care. Read more here...

It is the owners responsibility to report any attacks made by their dog upon any human to the police within 24 hours of the occurrence. When a dog attacks a human, owners are subject to fines of not less than $50, nor more than $250 and can be jailed for up to 30 days.


The Code Enforcement Officer does not respond for any issues related to wildlife. Contact Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries for this service.

  1. Animal Control

    Physical Address
    Leesville City Hall
    508 South 5th St.
    Leesville, LA 71446

    Mailing Address
    P.O. Box 1191
    Leesville, LA 71496