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Posted on: April 2, 2019

Leash Laws Apply Countywide Through June 30

Every year, beginning April 1 through June 30, it is unlawful for dogs anywhere in Hanover County to be running off their property without being leashed.

The County’s “leash law” applies throughout the year in the suburban area.  Between April 1 and June 30, it is extended to the rural areas as well because the births of vulnerable livestock, such as baby lambs and calves, tend to take place during this period.  Wildlife activity and rabies cases also generally increase in the April 1 through June 30 timeframe.

Any dogs caught running off their owner’s property will be impounded.  Impoundment fees are $25 for the first violation and an additional $10 for each subsequent violation within a 12-month period including a $5 per day boarding fee.  Violations also can result in uniform summons or a written warning being issued.

Each instance of a dog belonging to a particular owner running at-large is a separate violation, and an additional penalty will apply regardless of whether or not the same dog is involved.

If you see a dog running at large, please call Hanover County Emergency Communications at 365-6140.  Any dangerous animal can be reported by dialing 911 for immediate assistance, 24/7.

For more information about Hanover County’s running at-large laws, call Animal Control at 365-6485.

Dogs cannot run off of their owner’s property at any time of year without a current County license tag affixed to their collar.


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