Animals at Large

LAWRENCE ANIMAL CONTROL RECOMMENDS AN IDENTIFICATION TAG

ON EACH PET WITH YOUR ADDRESS AND PHONE NUMBER

3-202 ANIMALS PROHIBITED TO RUN AT LARGE; FINES.

It shall be unlawful for any person to own or keep a dog or cat or other animal which runs at large in the City. Knowledge or acquiescence by the owner or keeper is not an element of the offense.  An animal shall not be deemed to be running at large if;

  1. The animal is firmly attached to a leash or chain under the physical control of its owner or keeper; or
  2. The animal is within a structure or within a fence enclosure with the permission of the owner or keeper of the structure or fence enclosure; or
  3. The animal has an operating electronic collar and is under the charge, care or control, of its owner or keeper who is operating an electronic pet containment system or electronic training system for the animal. Notwithstanding this subsection, all animals on the public right-of-way in the CD zoning district (downtown area) must be kept on a leash or chain under the physical control of its owner or keeper.
  4. The animal is a dog and, under the supervision of its owner or keeper, is using the City's off-leash dog park in accordance with the City's rules and regulations for any City off-leash dog parks.

3-204 IMPOUNDING; REDEMPTION AND DISPOSITION.

If, within 72 hours from the date any dog or cat, is impounded and the owner of such dog or cat shall appeal and claim his dog or cat, said dog or cat may be released upon payment of the following fees;

  • Impoundment fee for the first 24 hour period or any part thereof in any consecutive 12 months;
    1. $30 for the first offense within a twelve (12) month period:
       
    2. $40 for the second offense within a twelve (12) month period:
       
    3. $60 for the third offense within a twelve (12) month period:
       
    4. $100 for the fourth offense within a twelve (12) month period. The Municipal Judge shall have no authority to suspend the fine or any portion thereof of fine established by this Section. The fine shall be in addition to any applicable court costs or impoundment fees. The Humane Society or other impoundment facility shall not release an animal to an owner if the owner has failed to pay a fine or has failed to appear in municipal court for the adjudication of a violation of the section.
      • Additional Fee on second offense of $10 if the animal is not spayed or neutered.
      • Additional Fee on third offense of $15 if the animal is not spayed or neutered.
      • Additional Fee thereafter of $20 if the animal is not spayed or neutered.
      • Owners may seek a refund of the additional fee if proof that the animal was spayed or neutered is presented to the city within 30 days of the release of animal.
  • Board fee; Five Dollars for each additional 24 hour period up to a maximum of 48 hours to pay the cost of keeping the animal. If any animal so impounded is not claimed by the owner thereof within three business days of such impounding, such animal shall become the property of the Lawrence Humane Society. The above described costs for impounding and keeping such animal will be due and payable to the City for any animal claimed by an owner after the three business days period. All impounding fees shall be paid to the City and no animal shall be released until the owner proves the animal, if a dog, cat or ferret, is currently immunized against rabies.

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Persons with questions about general pet care may contact:

Lawrence Humane Society
1805 E. 19th Street
Lawrence, KS 66046
(785) 843-6835
 

Citizens with questions about animal control ordinances may call the Lawrence Police Department Animal Control Division at (785) 832-7590.

To file a complaint or request officer assistance, call (785) 832-7509.