Who Do I Contact for Animal Control Assistance?

For Tupelo, or Lee County, MS, please contact 662-869-2911 for assistance. Officers will only be able to assist in situations that are within local ordinance and state law regulations. Civil disputes must be reported and settled between two parties in court. 

For cases of neglect, cruelty, or attack, our organization will assist these officers after the concern has been reported and investigated.

What regulations are there for companion pets in Tupelo and Lee County, MS?

Tupelo has a Municipal Code regarding leashed dogs. To review the ordinance for Tupelo, MS click HERE (insert link to our Pet Owner Resources Tupelo Ordinance).  Citizens who own or have possession of dogs are responsible for controlling them. The owner or custodian must be in actual physical control (leash) of their dog off their property. Violators of the City of Tupelo Leash Laws can be cited under the Municipal Ordinance. Dogs found unleashed may be taken to the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society by the Tupelo Police Department’s Animal Control Officers (ACO) if an owner/custodian is not located. 
 
Lee County, MS does not have a leash law for dogs. To review the ordinance for Lee County, MS click HERE (insert link to our Pet Owner Resources Lee County, MS Ordinance). We highly recommend that you still keep your pet in a fenced yard if possible or inside as rural areas pose many dangers to domesticated pets. 
 
There is no leash law for cats or kittens in Tupelo or Lee County. If you are having an issue with “wild” cats in your neighborhood, please contact us at intake@tupeloleehumane.org to learn more about our Community Cat Program and how it can help.

What regulations are there for companion pets in Tupelo and Lee County, MS?

Tupelo has a Municipal Code regarding leashed dogs. To review the ordinance for Tupelo, MS click HERE (insert link to our Pet Owner Resources Tupelo Ordinance).  Citizens who own or have possession of dogs are responsible for controlling them. The owner or custodian must be in actual physical control (leash) of their dog off their property. Violators of the City of Tupelo Leash Laws can be cited under the Municipal Ordinance. Dogs found unleashed may be taken to the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society by the Tupelo Police Department’s Animal Control Officers (ACO) if an owner/custodian is not located. 
 
Lee County, MS does not have a leash law for dogs. To review the ordinance for Lee County, MS click HERE (insert link to our Pet Owner Resources Lee County, MS Ordinance). We highly recommend that you still keep your pet in a fenced yard if possible or inside as rural areas pose many dangers to domesticated pets. 
 
There is no leash law for cats or kittens in Tupelo or Lee County. If you are having an issue with “wild” cats in your neighborhood, please contact us at intake@tupeloleehumane.org to learn more about our Community Cat Program and how it can help.

What if a dog is dangerous?

Tupelo also has a Dangerous Animal Ordinance. A dog may be classified as a “dangerous animal” if the animal attacks another dog or person off the owner’s property. An animal is not considered dangerous if the attack happens out of defense while on the owner’s property. 
 
The requirements to maintain ownership of a Dangerous Animal include: 
  • Leashed at all times while on or off the owner’s property
  • Baskerville muzzle to be worn at all times while on the leash
  • Kept in a secure area (please see the Tupelo, MS ordinance for more info)
  • Current on rabies vaccination
  • Microchipped
  • Registered yearly with the Tupelo Lee Humane Society for a fee of $75 
If you need to report a dog that has bitten a person or attacked your pet while on your property or a public place, please call 662-869-2911. Our organization does not take dangerous animal reports and only houses impounded “dangerous dogs” and maintains yearly registration of said animals. 

WHAT IF MY DOG IS IMPOUNDED BY THE TUPELO POLICE DEPARTMENT'S ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICERS or Pet Owner Resources Tupelo Ordinance? ​

Our organization posts all impounded animals to our website upon intake. Please check Petco Love Lost or our Adopt page for animals that we have taken into our care. In the event that you are aware your pet has been impounded, ALWAYS contact us at intake@tupeloleehumane.org with information about your lost pet and pictures so that we can be aware of the potential arrival of your pet.

We hold all dogs for five days before making placement decisions. We scan all dogs for a microchip upon arrival and vaccinate if behaviorally safe to do so. Any pet that has an owner has the opportunity to be returned to home. Conditions may apply to reclaiming your pet as we do have a policy to establish correct ownership. If we are unable to verify ownership, the animal will be subject to placement such as adoption on a first come, first serve basis. Please note, we advise microchipping your pet as a definitive method of keeping your identification with your pet at all times.

We are currently offering microchipping for $5.00 for the rest of the year 2021 as an effort to encourage pet owners to ensure best owner identification in the event the pet becomes lost, stolen, or even impounded.

If your dog is involved in an attack, we will need you to verify current rabies vaccination from a veterinarian. For any attack involving a bite/attack, dogs must undergo a 10 day quarantine for rabies. If the pet is up to date on its rabies vaccination and depending on the home situation and nature of the attack, the dog may be allowed to quarantine in the owner’s home under specific guidelines of care provided by the TLHS veterinarian. If the pet is not current, the dog will need to quarantine for rabies in our care. If the pet is eligible for reclaim after the 10 day rabies quarantine, the dog will receive a rabies vaccination and the owner can settle all applicable fees for the return of the pet.

We do not allow visitation with dogs being quarantined for rabies. All dogs involved in an attack must register as a “dangerous animal” prior to being released to the owner.

If you have any question regarding impoundment fees or reclaim fees associated with rabies quarantine, please email intake@tupeloleehumane.org.