Animal Control

The Animal Control Division is part of the Risk Reduction Division under the Manhattan Fire Department, as of November 2023.

Animal control officers respond to calls from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and they are on call for emergencies on evenings and weekends.

City of Manhattan animal control officers do not provide services outside the Manhattan city limits. Read this if you are unsure what to do about a potential stray animal.

To purchase a pet license, please bring required documentation to the Animal Shelter, 605 Levee Drive. You also may be able to purchase a license directly from a participating veterinary clinic.


City of Manhattan animal control officers do not possess the permits, training, or equipment to remove, handle, house, or rehabilitate wild animals. However, they may be contacted to help direct the public to the appropriate wildlife resources. To speak with an animal control officer about questions pertaining to wildlife, please contact the Riley County Police Department non-emergency line at (785) 537-2112 Ext. 0.

For answers and tips about how to handle nuisance wildlife problems, please visit the Humane Society of the United States website for Wildlife Management Solutions.

For a list of licensed wildlife damage control permit holders, visit the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks website.

If you encounter sick, injured, or orphaned wildlife, please visit the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks website for information on what you should do and for a list of licensed Kansas wildlife rehabilitators.

Deceased Animals

Manhattan animal control officers may be called to assist with deceased wild and domestic animals on public property, sidewalks, and roadways. Deceased animals can be reported to Animal Control by contacting the RCPD non-emergency line at (785) 537-2112 Ext. 0. Pet cremation services may be offered at local veterinary clinics and the K-State Veterinary Hospital.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Animal Control Division is to protect public health, welfare, and property through enforcement of city and county laws, providing public education, and promoting humane treatment and responsible pet ownership.

City and County Ordinances

Area Service/Reporting Agencies