Report Abuse or Neglect

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Animal Services and Enforcement is available Monday –Friday 8AM – 5PM.
After business hours and outside of Rapid City and Pennington County, please contact your local law enforcement.

Meade County contact the Sheriff’s Department (605) 347-2681
Box Elder contact the Police Department (605) 923-1401
Deadwood Animal Control (605) 578-2345
Sturgis Animal Control (605) 347-2573

You can report animal cruelty by calling (605) 394-4132 or by email
Please include the following in your email:

  • The full physical address that cruelty or neglect is occurring
  • Provide as many details as you can…ie. Type of animal, description of animal, what occurred, where and when it occurred.

Humane Law Enforcement

The goal of all employees at HSBH is to help educate the citizens in and around Rapid City on responsible pet ownership and care.  The Humane Law Enforcement team is dedicated to this goal.  They depend on calls received from concerned citizens to locate those who need help or education on pet care.

The Humane Society of the Black Hills contracts with Rapid City and Pennington County Governments for Animal Services and Humane Law Enforcement.  Our Officers enforce the Rapid City Codes, Pennington County Ordinances and the State of South Dakota Laws pertaining to domestic animals.

Officers responding to cruelty complaints make every effort to educate citizens before filing for prosecution.  Animals without adequate food, water or shelter, those in need of medical attention or abandoned are only a small sample of the complaints that are investigated.  Education is especially important for situations in which the law has not been broken, but neglect exists due to failure to meet an animal’s mental and physical needs.

The Humane Society Animal Services and Enforcement Officers are trained professionals who respond to animals who are at large and potential cases of abuse/neglect.  Officers are sworn in as public officials in order to provide law enforcement services; they are also certified through the National Animal Control Association.

In 2010 we received nearly 4,500 calls for service.  In addition to enforcing animal cruelty laws, Animal Services and Enforcement Officers conduct inspections of facilities such as boarding facilities, breeders, and pet stores.  Our officers will also be present to monitor the use of animals in rodeos, circus’, fairs and many other events that use or feature animals.
If you suspect abuse, neglect, cruelty or abandonment report it.


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