Reporting Abuse & Neglect
KS – Cruelty – Consolidated Cruelty and Animal Fighting Laws
K. S. A. 21-6411 – 6418; 21-5504
The Kansas anti-cruelty statutes define cruelty to animals as knowingly killing, injuring, maiming, torturing, burning or mutilating any animal. Also included as cruelty are abandoning any animal, failing to provide food, horse-tripping, and poisoning any domestic animal, unlawful disposition of animals, dog and cock-fighting. Cruelty to animals may be a misdemeanor or a felony. Exceptions are made for such things as veterinary practices, research experiments, rodeo and farming practices, euthanasia, and pest control. It is also illegal to allow a dangerous animal to run at large or to engage in sodomy with an animal.
If you suspect a case of neglect or cruelty, report the situation. An animal’s life could depend on you. Report to your local authorities first.
McPherson County Sheriff’s Office: 620-245-1225
Also see these links for more information about animal welfare and laws in the state of Kansas: