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Pet licensing and registration
is typically free during the months of
November, December and January?
Animal Control Information
The City of Douglass has opted to adopt Animal Control guidelines and laws to ensure to allow citizens to keep certain pets, but to also insure the safety and security of both pets and city residents. Registering pets with the City is strongly recommended so if a pet is out for whatever reason, it can promptly be returned to its owners. To follow are commonly asked questions. If your particular question or issue is not addressed, please call City Hall at 316-747-2109 for more information.
- The Animal Control Officer and/or Butler Co. Sheriff are charged with the enforcement of laws pertaining to Animal Control.
- The City has a State approved pound for dogs and/or the City contracts with Dwight Smith, veterinarian, to house dogs that have been picked up running at large.
- The City does not respond to cats running at large. The City does not have a facility that meets the standards that the State of Kansas regulates regarding housing of cats. The City will loan traps to citizens who must take full responsibility regarding the capture of cats.
- The City will loan traps to citizens in regards to skunks, armadillos, opossums or other wildlife. The citizen must take full responsibility regarding wildlife that is captured. The City also has a list of certified trappers, who will trap and remove wildlife.
- Barking Dogs – continual barking is prohibited. The City will send a letter requesting that the situation be resolved. Further complaints will result in a citation.
- Vicious animals are prohibited. Pit bulls are prohibited. If there is a dog bite incident, a hearing is required within the 10 day impound time. Impound is required if there is no proof of rabies vaccination.
- Running at Large: “It shall be unlawful for any person to willfully allow any animal or fowl under his or her control to be or to run at large within the City.”
- Impound Fee: $20.00 plus $15.00 per day. If the animal is taken to the veterinarian, those fees must also be paid.
- No person or household shall own more than a total of 3 pets.
- Registration is required yearly. During December, January and February the City has offered free tags/licenses. Otherwise, fees are $3.00 spayed/neutered or $5.00. Rabies vaccination is required yearly.
- Running at large fine schedule:
With License Without License
First Offense $25.00 $50.00
Second Offense $50.00 $75.00
Third Offense $75.00 $100.00
No City License $25.00
No Proof Rabies $25.00
- Unclaimed Dogs – The City will hold a dog in impound for 3 days. If no one claims the dog, the City will take to dog to either Cowley County Humane Society or Sedgwick County Humane Society.
- Any unspayed female dog must be confined while in heat so that no dog or dogs can gain access
- Tethering/Picketing: “Continuously picket a dog for more than one continuous hour, except that picketing of the same dog may resume after a hiatus of three continuous hours, for up to three hours total time on a picket per day.” If there is no fenced area for a dog, other considerations consist of:
- Chain, leash, rope or tether shall be 10’ in length.
- Dog shall be picketed in a manner to prevent injury, strangulation or entanglement of fences, trees or other obstacles.
- A collar, harness or other device must be used to attach the dog to the chain, leash, rope or tether.
- Exotic Animals – It is unlawful to possess any poisonous reptile or any other dangerous wild animal. It is unlawful to keep any of the following animals:
- All poisonous animals including rear-fang snakes
- Apes: Chimpanzees; gibbons; gorillas; orangutans; and siamangs.
- Crocodilians, 30 inches in length or more
- Constrictor snakes, six feet in length or more
- Deer; includes all members of the deer family (white-tailed, elk, antelope, moose)
- Game cocks and other fighting birds
- Pumas; cougars, mountain lions, panthers