Animal Control

Animal Control Hours

Animal Control Officers are on duty 5 days a week, Monday – Friday, from 8 am to 4 pm during all seasons. Callback is available after hours and all day Saturday and Sunday when necessary.
Operation hours for animal licensing is 8 am to 5 pm, Monday – Friday.
Phone: 785-368-9484

Email: Tracy Paige at the Animal Control Office




To Report Animal Complaints

The Animal Control Unit is a support unit of the Topeka Police Department. The officers of this Unit are responsible for enforcing various city ordinances regarding animals, including the leash law, vaccination and licensing requirements, the cruelty ordinance, and checking on neglected or abused animals. The officers can issue citations for violations in these cases. They also pick up loose dogs, unlicensed cats, and deceased animals on roadways along with deceased domestic animals or injured domestic animals with no identifiable owner.

Barking Dogs

Animal Control Officers do not respond to barking dog calls. This type of complaint is handled by uniformed Police Officers under the noise violation ordinance. For barking dog, issues contact the Topeka Police Department non-emergency number at 785-368-9200.

Animal Licensing

Learn how to license your pet in Topeka.

Licensing a Pet Pig in Topeka

View the requirements of licensing a pig in Topeka.

The annual license fee for a sterilized dog, cat, or pig is $8.00. For a non-sterilized dog or cat the fee is $20.00. All pigs are required to be sterilized.

If Your Animal is Picked up By Animal Control

Animals which are picked up by Animal Control Officers are generally taken to the Helping Hands Humane Society, 5720 SW 21st St. To claim an animal taken to the Shelter pursuant to charges, such as violation of the leash law, running at large or no tags, the owner shall contact the Shelter to verify if their animal has been picked up. If a citation is needing served the owner shall go in person to Helping Hands Humane Society and upon arrival call Animal Control Dispatch at 785-368-9203 to have an officer dispatched to serve the citation. In most cases, except cruelty cases or dangerous dog violations for example, the animal can be returned to the owner after the citation is served.