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Animal Related Laws

In Prince William County it is against the law to: 

  • Allow animals to create noise such that it is audible at least once a minute for ten consecutive minutes (Section 14-5.1, Prince William County Code).
  • Allow your animal to trespass on someone's property after being requested by the owner of the property not to trespass (Section 4-4, Prince William County Code). Get a Trespassing Animals Form.
  • Allow your dog to run at large, or be at large, within the county. "At large" is defined as being off the property or premises of its owner or custodian and not under control of the owner or custodian, or his agent, by leash, cord, or chain. (Section 4-23, Prince William County Code).
  • Allow your animal to knowingly or willfully urinate or defecate on private property of other persons or on publicly owned property except parts of parks posted as dog run areas (Section 4-11 & 4-26).
  • Own a dog four months or older and not obtain a County dog license that your dog is required to wear, and a collar bearing said license (Section 4-46, Prince William County Code).
  • Have knowledge of an animal which has bitten someone and not immediately notify an Animal Control Officer (Section 4-64, Prince William County Code) at 703-792-6500.
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 What About Cats?

  • Most of the above laws apply to cats as well as dogs.
  • There is no leash law for cats, but they DO fall under the same trespass laws as dogs: (Section 4-4, Prince William County Code). Get a Trespassing Animals Form.
  • Cats may be allowed outdoors but they must be current on their rabies vaccinations.
 

 

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