How to Easily Report a Dog Bite to Animal Control in Albuquerque

Animal Control How to Easily Report a Dog Bite to Animal Control in Albuquerque

Everything You Need to Know About Animal Control in Albuquerque

Albuquerque, New Mexico is unique in that its animal control department is named "Animal Welfare." For most animal control services in Albuquerque, you'll want to work with the Animal Welfare Department. Like many social services,  may be underfunded. This can make utilizing their services difficult.

We've made a helpful guide to help you get the most out of the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department. If you need extra assistance working with animal control in Albuquerque, DoNotPay can work with the department on your behalf. 

Animal Control Services in Albuquerque

For Pet Owners

  • Free to low-cost spay and neutering.
  • Manages lost and found pets.
  • Provides pet adoption services.
  • Accepts surrendered pets (calling ahead recommended).
  • Assists in the management of dog parks.
  • Enables pet fostering.
  • Can microchip pets.
  • Provides vaccinations.

For the Public

  • Issues breeding permits.
  • Accepts complaints about noisy pets.
  • Investigates dog bites.
  • Assists injured and ill stray animals and wildlife.
  • Dead animal removal.
  • Investigates reports of animal abuse.
  • Investigates illegal pet sales.
  • Controls aggressive and dangerous animals.

Albuquerque Animal Control Details

AddressAnimal Welfare

8920 Lomas NE

Albuquerque, NM 87112

Phone Number(505) 768-2000
HoursMonday to Friday; 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Albuquerque Dog Bite Laws

  • New Mexico does not have a statute on dog bite liability.
  • Instead, the state offers "uniform jury instruction" (UJI 13-506).
  • Dog owners are liable for damages if they know that their dog is vicious or is generally negligent.
  • An owner is not liable if the injured knows the dog is vicious, purposefully excited the dog, or unnecessarily puts themselves in the dog's way.

Can You Sue Someone for Dog Bites in Albuquerque? 

  • Yes, but it is highly recommended that the bite be reported to the Animal Welfare Department.
  • Bite reports can only be documented by phone. You can call (505) 768-1975 for quicker service.
  • You will need to report the dog's description, color, size, breed, and location of the incident.
  • Biting dogs will be held in containment for 10 days for rabies testing.
  • If you need assistance with injuries from a dog bite, DoNotPay's Sue Now feature can help you file a suit in small claims court.

What Should I Do if I Was Bitten by an Animal in Albuquerque?

  1. It is recommended that you report the incident to Albuquerque's Animal Welfare Department.
  2. Even if you don't intend on suing or pressing criminal charges, reporting a bite can help protect future victims.
  3. Reporting bites from stray animals or wildlife is recommended. This aids Albuquerque Animal Welfare in lowering wildlife threats and regulating stray animal populations.
  4. Albuquerque Animal Welfare can help you prevent the risk of infection from animal bites.

How to Report an Animal Control Issue in Albuquerque

By Phone

  1. The telephone is the best mode of communication for most situations. That is especially true for situations that require immediate attention, such as an injured animal, animal bite, or reporting animal abuse. For any life-threatening emergencies, call 911.
  2. Animal Welfare dispatch can be reached at (505) 768-1975. Their operating hours are Monday - Friday; 7:30 am - 4:30 pm.
  3. For after-hour incidents that require immediate attention, contact Albuquerque Police Department at (505) 242-2677.


  1. The Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department isn't well equipped for online reporting.
  2. Finding online reporting widgets is not easy. Here are the forms to report an aggressive dog or barking dog.
  3. Most incidents should be reported by calling the Animal Welfare Department at (505) 768-1975.
  4. For after-hours, non-immediate issues, call 311.

What if You Can't Report an Animal-related Issue on Your Own in Albuquerque?

Navigating the  website can be quite frustrating. It is difficult to find the appropriate phone numbers, web forms, and relevant information. DoNotPay can work with the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department for you.

How to report an animal-related incident on DoNotPay:

  1. Search "animal" on DoNotPay, find the Animal Control product, and select whether you've sustained a physical injury.


  2. Select whether you would like to report this incident to your local government agency, or demand compensation from the pet owner.


  3. Tell us more about the incident, including when and where you were injured, a description of the animal that caused the injury, and the contact information for the pet owner (if known).


And that's it! DoNotPay will file the demand letter or government report on your behalf with your incident details. You should hear back from them directly with further questions or confirmation regarding your demands.

Why Use DoNotPay for Animal-related Issues in Albuquerque?

If you’re dealing with an animal bite injury or another issue, the last thing you want to do is spend hours on the phone. We can take the burden of navigating animal issues in Albuquerque no matter what they are. That way, you can focus on your health and care and let us handle your issues.

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