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Baltimore County Animal Laws Article 12

When off the owner’s property, all dogs and cats must be walked on a leash.  If chained outside, chains must have swivels.  Chain collars may not be used, except when training.

All dogs and cats over three months of age must be vaccinated against rabies.

All dogs and cats must be licensed at four months of age.  New pets and all animals moving into Baltimore County must be licensed within thirty days.

All animals must be provided shelter for protection from wind, snow, rain, cold and the sun; plus adequate daily food and water, in clean un-tippable bowls.

Owners of female cats and dogs “in heat” must not leave their pets outside unattended.  (Although spaying female or neutering male animals is not required, it is highly recommended).

It is a violation of the law to allow dogs to bark excessively.

If an animal bites someone, the owner and the bite victim must report the injury to the Police Department.  You are responsible if your pet bites or injures another person or animal, or menaces people in the community.

Owners are responsible for the timely removal of pet waste on public and private property.

Do not abandon or neglect pets you cannot keep.  Instead, call Animal Control for assistance.

Maryland law requires that any puppy or kitten sold or given away must be a least eight weeks old.  Baltimore County law requires anyone selling or giving away a puppy, kitten, dog or cat to provide a health certificate, signed by a licensed veterinarian, along with a statement indicating date of sale or transfer of animal, description of animal and immunizations given.  The name, address and phone number of buyer and seller must also be provided.

Inadequate provision of food or water, unsanitary conditions, animal combat, cruelty and neglect are all considered animal abuse.

Animal Control Officers are empowered with enforcement authority for state and local laws involving animals.  Persons violating these animal laws may be subject fines.

  • First Offense:  $25 fine
  • Repeated Offenses: $100 fine

Criminal penalties may also be imposed with up to $1000 in fines, up to ninety (90) days in jail, or both.

Menacing/dangerous animal problems and cruelty to animals charges may incur more stringent penalties/sanctions.

Persons receiving a violation must correct the situation and pay any fines or may request a hearing in writing within five (5) days of receiving the violation.

The telephone numbers to call with a complaint or problem are listed below.  Hopefully everyone will be responsible pet owners and these numbers will not have to be used.

Animal Control Division Animal Bites:  410-887-2724
13800 Manor Road Animal Shelter:  410-887-5961
Baldwin, MD 21013 Animal Hearing Board:  410-887-5964
410-887-5961 Animal Licensing, Towson:  410-887-3871