Animal Abuse Law
Harsh treatment, kicking, beating, whipping, burning, intentionally injuring or terrorizing a pet or stray dog all constitute animal abuse.
Please visit our "Breed-Specific Legislation" page. [Note: The ADTN does not support breed-specific legislation.]
All dogs must remain confined to a safe secure fenced enclosure or facility, or leashed whenever on public property.
Dangerous Dog Law
Any dog which has been proven to have a propensity for unprovoked attacks towards any innocent persons when on public property, may be deemed a dangerous dog. Owners of such dogs must comply with the rules and restrictions
mandated by their city or state "Dangerous Dog Law" (if one exists in their area).
All pet dogs must be leashed (6 foot maximum length) when on public
property, except when within the confines of public dog runs, or when participating in certain dog-related events or competitions (including Flyball, agility, obedience trials, Schutzhund, etc). Police dogs, SAR dogs, bomb
detection dogs, drug detection dogs, airport detection dogs, military dogs, etc. are all except under the law.
All puppies and dogs over 4 mths. of age must be lisensed
(by the city where the owner resides).
Multiple Dog Ordinance
In some communities, it is illegal to own more than 3 dogs without a breeder's permit. [Note: The ADTN does not
support this ordinance.]
Please see "What Is Responsible Pet Care?".
Owners of dogs which engage in excessive and continous barking may be fined.
Pooper Scooper Law
Owners must clean up after ther dogs' feces when on any public/city
property. (Guide Dogs and Assistance Dogs are exempt.)
Rabies Preventive Innoculation Law
All puppies and dogs over 6 mths. of age must be given a rabies vaccine, and a rabies
booster shot (every 2-3 years thereafter).
Robin Kovary is the American Dog Trainers Network helpline director