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County Code Provisions Related to Animal Control

The Laws pertaining to animals can be found in the Criminal Law Section, Title 10. Crimes Against Public Health, Conduct, and Sensibilities, Under Subtitle 6. Crimes Relating to Animals Sections 10-601 through 10-623.
Below is a summary of some of the laws pertaining to Animals in Anne Arundel County.  For an all inclusive listing of the Anne Arundel County Code or MD State Code please click the links above.
Article 12, Title 4, Subtitle 4-102 Public Safety Threat
An animal poses a public safety threat if the animal:
  • Inflicts severe injury to a person
  • Bites a person
  • Kills or inflicts severe injury to a domestic animal
Based on MD State Code 10-619 Dangerous dog.
When not on its owner's real property, has killed or inflicted severe  injury on a domestic animal
Attacks a person without provocation, chases or approaches a person in an attitude of attack
  • Engages in encouraged dog fighting activity or shows evidence of having been engaged in encouraged dog fighting activity
Article 12, Title 4, Subtitle 6-601 Rabies Vaccination
Anyone who owns or harbors a cat or dog 4 months of age or older must have the animal vaccinated for rabies and be able to provide proof of vaccination.
Article 12, Title 4, Subtitle 7-702 Licensing
The owner of any dog or cat 6 months of age or older must obtain a license for the animal.
Article 12, Title 4, Subtitle 8-801 Dog Outdoors
For each dog confined or tied outdoors, an owner shall provide:
  • A shelter to protect the dog from the wind, snow, rain, cold, and sunlight
  • A chain, rope, or line used to tie a dog which must be at least 10 feet in length
  • All animals with food and water daily
Article 12, Title 4, Subtitle 9-903 Public Nuisance
The owner of an animal may not permit the animal to be a public nuisance or to cause a public nuisance condition. Public nuisance includes the following acts by an animal:
  • Molesting pedestrians
  • Chasing vehicles
  • Damaging property of someone orther than the owner of the animal
Article 12, Title 4, Subtitle 9-904 Animal Disturbance Prohibited
It is unlawful for a person who owns, keeps, or has possession of an animal to permit the animal to disturb the quiet of a person or neighborhood.
Article 12, Title 4, Subtitle 9-905 Running at Large
"At-Large" means off the property of an animal's owner and not leashed and not under the control of a responsible person.
Article 12, Title 4, Subtitle 9-909 Removal of Animal Excreta
The owner of any animal shall be responsible for the removal of any excreta deposited by his or her animal on public walks, recreation areas, or private property other than his own.
Article 12, Title 4, Subtitle 10-1001 Penalty
Anyone violating Title 4, Subtitle s of Article 12 may be subject to a fine not less than $50.00 and up to $500.00.

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