Report Abuse or Neglect


Tragically, cruelty and neglect toward animals happens in our community. Thankfully, the Lawrence Humane Society is available to respond to concerns, provide education, and when necessary remove animals from dangerous situations and prosecute offenders. Without calls from concerned citizens who report concerns in their neighborhoods, we wouldn’t know about most instances of animal abuse. If you suspect cruelty or neglect, please take action and call us at 785-843-6835. All reports remain confidential.

The Lawrence Humane Society provides 24-hour daily rescue for injured or ill stray animals.

For assistance, please call Dispatch at 785-832-7650. We also investigate animal cruelty and neglect. If you suspect an animal is being intentionally or unintentionally abused, please call us at 785-843-6835 during our business hours or contact Dispatch at 785-832-7650 after-hours.

If you witness an animal in immediate distress (i.e. hit by a car, being beaten), please call 911 immediately.

Common signs of animal neglect or abuse include:

Someone hitting an animal or causing an animal pain or distress, whether intentional or not.

Underweight animal such as a horse or dog with protruding rib cage and hip bones.

Animal with wounds or injuries that need veterinary treatment; an animal that is limping; horses with overgrown hooves.

Missing fur, bald patches, and tick or flea infestation.

An animal that is listless, disoriented, or nonresponsive.

An animal left in a hot or cold car. Local ordinance prohibits leaving animal confined in a car for more than five minutes when the temperature is below 30 degrees Fahrenheit or above 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

Dog left tethered outdoors for more than one continuous hour or a dog left alone in a fenced yard without access to food/water/shelter.

Too many cats in a home.

Trust your instincts. If you feel something isn’t right, please call us and give us the opportunity to investigate.

Report Abuse or Neglect

Call us at 785-843-6835. DO NOT EMAIL reports of suspected animal abuse and neglect. Calls will be responded to immediately. For general information about our investigations, email


Lawrence City Code on Animals

Douglas County Animal Ordinances