Report Abuse

If you suspect abuse, neglect, cruelty, or abandonment, please report it immediately.

HSBH’s Animal Services and Enforcement (ASE) department is responsible for handling reports of abuse. The ASE team is available Monday –Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If you are reporting cruelty within Rapid City or Pennington County, call (605) 394-4132 or email Please be prepared to provide as much of the following information as possible:

  • The physical address where the cruelty or neglect is occurring
  • As many details about the situation as you can observe:
    • Type of animal
    • Physical description of animal
    • Actions that occurred
    • Individuals involved in said actions
    • Where and when said actions occurred

For after-business hours assistance and situations outside of Rapid City and Pennington County, please contact your local law enforcement.

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

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 require pet care education.

The Humane Society of the Black Hills provides animal welfare services and humane law enforcement to Rapid City and Pennington County governments as an independent contractor. Our ASE 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, animals in need of medical attention, and animals suffering from abandonment are only a small sample of the complaints that ASE investigates.

Our ASE officers are trained professionals who are sworn in as public officials in order to provide law enforcement services. They are also certified through the National Animal Control Association.