Powers, duties, and other information about the Animal Welfare Commission can be found in Article 12, Title 4, Subtitle 2 of the 2005 Anne Arundel County Code.
The commission meets to hear complaints or appeals as prescribed and authorized in Title 4 and makes recommendations to the Chief concerning the following:
1. suspension or revocation of licenses;
2. disposition of animals affected by an alleged violation;
3. criminal prosecution of violations of Title 4 or other law;
4. and other disposition of or an election of a legal remedy to correct alleged violations of Title 4 or offense or conditions considered by the Commission.
Animal Control may impound an animal if:
- A domesticated animal is found running at large For example, a dog or cat is found without a license affixed to its collar
- The animal’s health constitutes an immediate and substantial danger to persons or property or poses a threat to public safety
- The animal has been determined to be dangerous or vicious
- The animal is placed at risk by its health or environment
- The animal is abandoned or unwanted
- The animal’s owner fails to respond to a violation notice
(2) paying all redemption fees;
(3) paying any outstanding fines unless adjudication has been requested;
(4) providing satisfactory proof of ownership; and
(5) complying with all conditions for return of the animal
Note: Licenses for spayed and neutered pets are offered at a lower cost.
Senior (65 and older) discounts apply.
(1) has a floor, roof, and four walls, one of which contains a doorway;
(2) is of sufficient size to allow its occupant to stand up, lie down, and turn around without touching the sides or top; and
(3) is equipped with a resting board or other bedding.
|Animal Viewing and Administrative Hours:|
|Tuesday||10 a.m. - 3 p.m.|
|Wednesday||10 a.m. - 6 p.m.|
|Thursday||10 a.m. - 3 p.m.|
|Friday||10 a.m. - 3 p.m.|
|Saturday||10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.|
|Field Service Hours:|
|Monday - Friday||8 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.|
|Saturday||10 a.m. - 6 p.m.|
|Emergency Field Service||24 hours|
After hours emergency calls to (410) 222-8900 will be connected to the Anne Arundel County Police Department
Due to the significant increase in positive rabies cases experienced in Anne Arundel County, Animal Control is doing its part to help protect all Anne Arundel County pets from the deadly rabies virus. Animal Control holds weekly low cost rabies clinics. Keep your pet continuously vaccinated against rabies. It's the LAW!
Microchip Clinics for Pets:
One way to reunite pets with their owners in a more timely fashion, and with minimal expense to the county and its citizens, is to microchip animals.
Microchipping serves many purposes: It provides an opportunity to reunite pets and owners quickly. Animal Control Officers scan for microchips. If a microchip is located and registered, the owner information can be found. Officers could then return the animal to the owner rather than transporting the animal to the facility.
- In addition to quickly reuniting animals and owners, the ability to identify animals by microchip will also assist Animal Control by saving space, food, time, and effort that are often expended on animals being held in the facility.
- Weather related incidents have demonstrated that animals can be quickly separated from their homes and owners and, often times, at a separation of great distances. Microchipping has helped in some of those scenarios, such as during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, by identifying animals and their owners quickly and reuniting them safely with minimal cost, time and effort.
Learn more about rabies & microchip clinics in Anne Arundel County.
Note: The County holds microchip and rabies clinics at the same time.