Public Safety

Animal Control

Emergency: 911

Animal Control: 317-549-4814 / 317-341-2683

Non-Emergency: 317-545-7575

If there is an issue involving an animal, please call Animal Control at 317-549-4814 or 317-341-2683 and an animal control officer will respond. Call 911 for an emergency situation, such as an animal attack or bite. Please call Non-Emergency Dispatch after normal business hours for an animal control response.

If your pet is missing, check with Indianapolis Animal Care & Control at 2600 S. Harding St., where all strays picked up in Lawrence are taken. The shelter is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and Saturday except Wednesday, when it is open until 7 p.m. Their phone number is 317-327-1397.

To request assistance or report animal abuse, call 317-327-4622. For general business, call 317-327-1397. You also may adopt cats and dogs at the shelter.

If you see a dead animal on a city street, call the Indianapolis Mayor’s Action Center at 317-327-4622 to have the carcass removed.

For problems with nuisance wildlife (coyote, racoon, oppossum, birds, bats, muskrats and the like) check the Department of Natural Resources web page for Nuisance Wildlife recommendations or contact one of many Animal Services listed in the Yellow Pages under Pest Control Services.

For animal license requirements in the City of Lawrence please see Title 3 of the Municipal Code.

From the City of Lawrence Municipal Code:


   (A)   It shall be unlawful for any person to own or harbor any dog or cat within the corporate limits of the City of Lawrence without first paying a license fee in the amount prescribed as follows: 

      (1)   A $3 license fee for each neutered male dog or cat and spayed female dog or cat; and 

      (2)   A $5 license fee for each non-neutered male dog or cat and unspayed female dog or cat.

   (B)   Proof of a rabies vaccination shall be presented at the time the license fee is paid as provided herein. 

   (C)   The license fee shall be collected by the City Controller or by the City Police Department at the municipal building or by the Animal Control Officer at the animal shelter when an animal is claimed. 

   (D)   The receipt for the license fee as provided herein shall constitute a license for the keeping or harboring of the animal. 

   (E)   Each owner of a dog or cat shall apply for a license when the dog or cat is six months of age or within 30 days after obtaining the dog or cat or bringing the dog or cat into the city, whichever is later, and shall apply for a renewal of the license during the month in which the current license expires.  Each dog or cat license shall expire in the year following the year in which the license was issued on the earlier of either:

             (1)   The last day of the month indicated on the licensed dog’s or cat’s rabies vaccination certificate which was issued in the same year as the license; or 

             (2)   The last day of the month in which the license was issued.

  (F)   Funds collected by the Police Department or by the Animal Control Officer shall be paid to the City Controller on a daily basis. 

Pet owners may pay the fees at the Lawrence Police Department, Suite 200 or the Controller’s Office, Suite 300 at 9001 E. 59th Street from 8-4pm.