What are the rules on animals running loose?

No animal is permitted to roam free off the owner's property in certain areas of the county. This includes dogs, horses and other animals. There are several ordinances that apply:

  • The "leash law" covers dogs only. This ordinance states “it shall be unlawful for the owner or custodian of any dog to permit the dog to go upon any public street, sidewalk, or right-of-way or upon the property of another, and that the dog be kept secured by a leash or lead or other means of restraint.” Dogs being walked on a leash must also be wearing a county dog license. (County law reference- Section 3-46)
  • The "Animals and fowl at Large" ordinance states, “It shall be unlawful for any person to permit any animal or fowl owned by him or in his custody or under his control to run at large upon, or to graze alongside, any public street or highway.” (County law reference- Section 3-4 and 3-6)

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1. How do I file a complaint?
2. My dog never goes outside. Do I need to still buy a dog license?
3. Must I put the county license tag on my dog?
4. Who do I call if I am missing my animal?
5. What does it cost to reclaim my animal from the County Shelter?
6. What are the rules on animals running loose?
7. An animal has bitten me - what should I do?
8. Does the county have a "barking dog" ordinance?
9. Does the county have a "pooper-scooper" ordinance?
10. My pet is old and sick and needs to be put to sleep - does the County do this?
11. Can my dog (animal) ride unrestrained in the open back of a pick-up?
12. What's the difference between Animal Control and the Humane Society?
13. Can I adopt an animal from Animal Control?
14. I have a two foot constrictor type snake that I purchased from a pet store, do I need to register it as an Exotic Animal?
15. Is there something I can do to eliminate skunk odor on my dog?
16. I found a dog or cat; can I just keep it?