Community Service Officers (CSOs) are responsible for enforcing the City's animal control ordinances. The officers normally work seven days per week responding to citizen requests and patrolling the City to identify stray animals or animals violating the City's leash law. One of their goals is to assist residents with animal related issues, as well as providing guidance on being responsible pet owners.
The City's Leash Law requires dogs to be confined to the property of their owner/keeper, except when taken off the premises on a leash, in a cage, or in a car. Cats must be under the control of their owner/keeper. Cats which cause injury or damage to property shall be presumed not to be under the control of their owner/keeper. Dogs will be picked up when observed or reported running loose.
Please contact Police Dispatch at 913-642-6868 to report unconfined animals.
Any animal that barks, whines, howls or creates any other disturbance which is continuous or untimely is considered a public nuisance. It is unlawful for the owner of any animal to permit such animal to become a public nuisance. The Police Department has the authority to impound any animal which is deemed to be a public nuisance. Contact Police Dispatch at 913-642-6868 to report a barking dog. The Police Department will investigate the complaint.
Stray or Feral Cats
The Prairie Village Police Department responds to calls involving sick, injured or destructive cats but does not respond on calls related to stray or feral cats.
The American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) defines a stray cat as one that is domesticated but has become lost or abandoned and a feral cat as one that is wild-raised. ASPCA studies say that only 2% of cats taken to the shelter are ever reclaimed but 67% of cats left alone in the community return to their home on their own. Feral cats are non adoptable once captured and placed in shelters. They exhibit wild, shy or frightened behavior that is very difficult to domesticate. According to the ASPCA, feral cats make up a large percentage of euthanized cats every year.
The Prairie Village Police Department asked that residents to not feed, water, or harbor loose cats. Stray cats will likely return to their proper home and feral cats are wild animals that can fend for themselves.