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Animal Control Laws

There have been reports that several of our neighbors make a habit of walking their dogs without a leash or letting their dogs run loose and unsupervised. Please be aware that not only is it an irresponsible way to care for your four-legged family member, but it is against the law.

Did you know that in Prince William County it is against the law to:

(Section 14-5.1)  Allow within the County prolonged or intense barking or other harsh or excessive noises to be made by animals and pets under one’s ownership, at any time.

(Section 4-4).   Allow your animal to trespass on someone’s property after being requested by the owner of the property not to trespass.

(Section 4-23).  Allow your animal to run at large within the County unless engaged in supervised, formal or science training classes, or show, or during formally sanctioned field trials or while engaged in    lawful hunting during open hunting season.

(Section 4-11 & 4-26). Allow you’re animal to knowingly or willfully urinate or defecate on private property of other persons or on publicly owned property except parts of parks as posted as dog run areas.

(Section 4-46).  Own a dog four months or older and not obtain a County dog license that your dog is required to wear a collar bearing said license.

(Section 4-64).   Have knowledge of an animal which has bitten someone and not immediately notify the Animal Warden.

For those who walk their dogs, take along your pooper scooper to pick up any feces. It is unhealthy, unsightly and unlawful to leave it in our common areas. In Prince William County it is a Class 4 Misdemeanor with a maximum fine of $250 per offense. Be considerate of your neighbor’s health and property.  SCOOP IT UP!!! Thank you

REPORTING

To report someone who is in violation of the Prince William County animal code or for any other violations of county code please call the Prince William County Police Department’s non-emergency telephone number at 703/792-6500 in an emergency or a life-threatening situation call 911.

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