Roma Tesch said the Lawrence Humane Society was a regular zoo for the last two days.
Tesch, who manages the animal shelter, said the shelter, which usually handles mostly dogs and cats, was the temporary home to a small mountain lion. Tesch said the mountain lion is a bit larger than a full-grown cat.
Shortly after noon Tuesday a woman, who lived in the 3000 block of Steven Drive, called animal control officers about a dog she found wandering around the neighborhood, Lawrence police reported.
As officers were loading the dog into the city vehicle, a passerby told them that the dog's owner also owned a small mountain lion. At 12:31 p.m. officers spotted the animal in the area. Police reported they were able to apprehend the mountain lion without incident and take it to the Lawrence Humane Society, along with the dog.
Lawrence police checked with the Kansas Wildlife and Parks and found the owner had a permit to own the animal.
Tesch said the owner picked up his pets shortly after noon today.
Although the lion seemed friendly, it was kept separate from the dogs and cats, she said.
Tesch said that pet owners should be warned that they're responsible for their animals, especially ones that are not traditionally domesticated.
"It is disturbing," she said. "The idea of a mountain lion being loose on the streets of Lawrence is a scary prospect."