The Owners' Responsibilities Brochure is a guide to Anne Arundel County Laws governing the use and responsibilities associated with the public visiting parks with their dogs.
Dogs in the Parks
Assumptions and misunderstanding of County Laws surrounding dogs in County parks has prompted the creation of this guide.
The Recreation and Parks Department would like to make it perfectly clear that we encourage and welcome dog owners and their dogs in our parks as long as they abide by the laws set forth governing their behavior.
To help in understanding what is expected of dog owners when they visit a park, we have included in this guide a summary of the Animal Control Laws, some common sense reasons for keeping your dog on a leash as well as a listing of the County's dog parks and dog beach.
The County will take appropriate actions, including fines and park suspensions if necessary, against individuals who do not heed the laws associated with this activity.
Please be a considerate and responsible pet owner.
"The Big Three"
1. SCOOP YOUR POOP
For the health and safety of other park visitors, please bring a bag with you to the park and clean up and dispose of any waste created by you dog. IT’S THE LAW!
2. KEEP YOUR DOG ON A LEASH
For the health and safety of other park visitors, you must keep your dog under control AND on a leash at all times while you are in the park. IT’S THE LAW! The only exception to this law is when you and your dog are in one of our off-leash dog parks or dog beaches. The County understands the need to exercise your dog and that is why the dog parks and dog beaches were created.
3. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR DOG UNATTENDED IN YOUR VEHICLE DURING HOT WEATHER
For the health and safety of your dog, do not leave your dog unattended in your vehicle, especially during hot weather, while you go off to enjoy some other aspect of the park. Besides being cruel, IT’S THE LAW!