Report Animal Bite
To report an animal bite, contact the Prairie Paws Adoption Center at 972-237-8575.
Animal Services investigates complaints in which animals at large are accused of unprovoked attacks on humans or domestic animals and in some cases, those which appear likely to attack. Unprovoked attacks do not include those taking place in a secured enclosure, such as the animal's own backyard. City ordinance does not allow animals that have been declared dangerous to stay within Grand Prairie without very strict confinement rules and liability insurance. Some dangerous animals may have to leave the City or be euthanized. If you need more information or to report a dangerous animal, please contact the Prairie Paws Adoption Center at 972-237-8575.
By law, all bites must be reported to the Local Rabies Control Authority (LCRA). In Grand Prairie, the LCRA is Animal Services and its officers investigate all bites. A bite usually means any contact breaking the skin, so scratches are also included. The goal of a bite investigation is not to punish the pet owners or animal, but to ensure state law is followed and minimize the chances of the bite victim contracting rabies.
In the process of a bite investigation, an Animal Services officer will verify a bite occurred, collect as much information on the animal and its owners as possible, and secure the animal for quarantine. A dog or cat that has bitten a person must be quarantined and observed for any signs of rabies. Quarantine involves strict isolation at an approved facility following Texas Department of State Health Services guidelines, and will last for 10 or more days from the time of the incident. An approved facility can be a personal veterinarian who has the approval of Grand Prairie Animal Services or the Prairie Paws Adoption Center itself. Quarantining ensures the safety of the bite victim.
Some canine behavior problems, such as house-soiling, affect only a dog’s owners. However, problems such as escaping and excessive barking can result in neighborhood disputes and violations of animal control ordinances.
If you are experiencing a barking dog nuisance, you can file a complaint to us. Please note that we will need the exact address and video of the barking dog. Your name and information will not be given to the dog's owner(s). File a Barking Complaint.
How do I find my lost pet? The first thing you should do is file a Lost Pet Report with our shelter and any surrounding shelters. This report will allow us to have a file of your pet, and in the event that they arrive at our shelter, we can contact you. File a Lost Pet Report.
There is no law in Grand Prairie against free-roaming cats, so please leave stray cats where you found them.
Community cats is an umbrella term for feral, stray, alley, and/or otherwise ownerless free-roaming cats. Healthy community cats have a caregiver and may be valued by multiple residents of the neighborhood. In areas with substantial populations of unaltered cats, colonies will likely form. Colonies can grow drastically in number in a relatively short period of time. In seven years a pair of cats and their offspring can yield 42,000 cats. Learn more about Community Cats in Grand Prairie.
Central Bark Dog Park
Dogs have a place to play off-leash at the three-acre Central Bark dog park, located just north of the Prairie Paws Adoption Center, 2222 W. Warrior Trail.
Central Bark, the first dog park in Grand Prairie, features three exercise areas designated for dogs. Each of the fenced areas – one for small dogs, one for large dogs and one reserved for rotating to preserve the turf – include shade structures with benches and water fountains for both the dogs and people. A sidewalk runs from the 40-space parking lot to the dog park entrance, and accessible paving extends into each of the off-leash areas. The fenced areas are accessed through a one-way gate system to prevent accidental passage of dogs from one area to another. Landscape, including trees, turf, sandstone boulders and adaptive grasses create natural, unmowed zones within each off-leash area.
This dog park is dedicated to honor those thousands of dogs and dog handlers that have served and given their lives for America in times of war and peace.
North of Prairie Paws Adoption Center
2222 W. Warrior Trail
Grand Prairie, TX 75052
Hours: Open 24/7