City of Kearney, MO

Point of Contact:

Sandy Batesel
Animal Control Officer
Phone: 816-903-4771


 are not regulated by the City, nor does the City pick up or accept feral or domestic cats.

Dogs: The City issues licenses and regulates the ownership of dogs within the City of Kearney.

No more than three dogs (over the age of 4 months) may be kept at any residence. Every dog must maintain a current rabies vaccination and a City License. Licenses are $10 and must be renewed annually.  To obtain a City License bring a current Rabies Vaccination Certificate signed by a qualified veterinarian to City Hall Monday - Friday between the hours of 8 AM and 5 PM.

Dogs shall be kept under restraint at all times.

Barking dogs are a nuisance to our neighborhoods--dog owners should be considerate and prevent their dogs from habitually barking.

It is the responsibility of the dog owner to keep their dog(s) from becoming a nuisance for excessive barking. Enforcement must be initiated by the offended citizen by calling animal control at 816-903-4771 during regular business hours or, after business hours, by calling the non-emergency dispatch line at 816-407-3700. The City will notify the dog owner to cause the dog(s) to cease barking. If voluntary cooperation of the dog owner does not resolve a barking dog complaint the offended citizen will be encouraged to sign a nuisance complaint.

Dangerous Dogs: The City has updated the dangerous animal ordinance. A copy of the ordinance can be found here.

That said, the determination of a dangerous dog must be made by the Kearney Municipal Judge after a Court hearing. If a citizen encounters a dangerous dog, or has been bitten by a dog, please contact animal control at 816-903-4771 or the Kearney Police at 816628-3925 during regular business hours or, after business hours by calling the non-emergency dispatch line at 816-407-3700.