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County Rules for Dog Walkers

·       Note: Here are excerpts from Montgomery County’s rules and penalties for dogwalkers:

Divisions/District Stations — Animal Services Divisions

Summary of Selected County Animal Control Laws
For further information, or to report an animal bite or a violation of animal control laws, call the Animal Services Division at 240-773-5960 or 240-773-5925.
For after-hours emergencies, call 240-773-5900.

At Large
Any dog is at large if it is outside the owner's premises and not leashed, unless it is a service dog, is in a dog exercise area designated by the Maryland National Capital park and Planning Commission, or is participating in an approved activity.

Any other animal (i.e., cat or livestock animal) is at large if it is outside the owner’s premises and not leashed or immediately responsive to verbal or non-verbal direction.

The common area of a homeowner’s association, condominium or cooperative is not the owner’s premises.  
Penalty for Violation: $100 for first offense, $500 for each subsequent violation.

Unwanted Contact
The pet owner must prevent unwelcome or unsolicited threatening physical contact or close proximity to a person or a domestic animal that occurs outside the owner’s property that may cause alarm in a reasonable person, such as biting, chasing, tracking, inhibiting movement, or jumping.
Penalty for Violation: $500

Public Disposal of Animals
An owner must not sell trade or give a domestic animal to another person at a place open to the public, except a business licensed to sell animals under Section 5-404.
Penalty for Violation: $500

Cold weather and wind chill can be hard on your pets.  Remember to take care of your pets during winter weather by providing adequate shelter against the cold. For proper shelter guidelines and information call 240-773-5960.

Cruelty to Animals (Montgomery County Code, Sec. 5-201)
Any person who (1) overdrives, overloads, deprives of necessary sustenance, tortures, torments, or cruelly beats; or (2) causes, procures, or authorizes such acts; or (3) having the charge or custody of an animal, either as owner or otherwise, inflicts unnecessary suffering or pain upon the animal, or unnecessarily fails to provide the animal with nutritious feed in sufficient quantity, necessary veterinary care, proper drink, air, space shelter or protection from the weather; or (4) uses or permits to be used any bird, fowl, or cock for the purposes of fighting with any other animal, which is commonly knows as cockfighting is guilty of cruelty.

Any person who (1) intentionally mutilates or cruelly kills an animal, or causes, procures, or authorizes the cruel killing or intentional mutilation of an animal; or (2) uses or permits a dog to be used in or arranges or conducts a dogfight is guilty of cruelty.

Customary and normal veterinary and agricultural husbandry practices including but not limited to dehorning, castration, docking tails and limit feeding, are not covered by the provisions of this section. In the case of activities in which physical pain may be unavoidably caused to animals, such as food processing, pest elimination, animal training, and hunting, cruelty shall mean a failure to employ the most humane method reasonably available.

The Division recommends that all dogs be kept inside as household pets, but owners who choose to keep their dogs outside must meet certain standards of care.
Penalty for Violation: $500 fine. Criminal charges may also be filed, which carry a penalty of up to $1,000 fine, up to 3 Years in jail, or both.