Statutes / Laws

Navigation

Full Site Search

Loading...

The navigation select boxes below will direct you to the selected page when you hit enter.

Topical Explanations

Primary Legal Materials

Select by Subject

Select by Species

Select Administrative Topic


World Law

Secondary Legal Materials

Great Apes and the Law

Great Apes and the Law

Maps of State Laws

Map of USA
Share |
Wyoming

West's Wyoming Statutes Annotated. Title 6. Crimes and Offenses; Title 11. Agriculture, Livestock and Other Animals. Chapter 31. Dogs and Cats; Title 15. Cities and Towns; Title 23. Game and Fish; and Chapter 30. Veterinarians.

Statute Details
Printable Version
Citation: WY ST 6-5-211; 11-31-101 - 108; 11-31-201 - 214; 11-31-301; 15-1-103; 23-3-109; 33-30-215

Citation: W. S. 1977 6-5-211; 11-31-101 - 108; 11-31-201 - 214; 11-31-301; 15-1-103; 23-3-109; 33-30-215


Last Checked by Web Center Staff: 10/2013

Summary:   These Wyoming statutes comprise the state's dog laws.  Among the provisions include damage done to livestock by dogs, rabies vaccination requirements, and municipal powers to regulate dogs.


Statute in Full:

TITLE 6. CRIMES AND OFFENSES.  CHAPTER 5. OFFENSES AGAINST PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION.  ARTICLE 2. HINDERING GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS.

§ 6-5-211. Injuring or killing a police dog, fire dog, search and rescue dog or police horse prohibited; penalties 

TITLE 11. AGRICULTURE, LIVESTOCK AND OTHER ANIMALS.  CHAPTER 31. DOGS AND CATS. 

ARTICLE 1. IN GENERAL

§ 11-31-101. Repealed by Laws 1991, ch. 4, § 2

§ 11-31-102. Deemed personalty

§ 11-31-103. Repealed by Laws 1991, ch. 4, § 2

§ 11-31-104. Penalties for poisoning or killing with ground glass

§ 11-31-105. Killing sheep or other domestic animals; liability of owner

§ 11-31-106. Killing sheep or other domestic animals; destruction

§ 11-31-107. Running livestock; when killing authorized; liability to owner; exception

§ 11-31-108. Running livestock; penalty for permitting 

ARTICLE 2. LICENSING; RABIES CONTROL DISTRICTS.

§ 11-31-211. Property rights in unlicensed dog or cat; no right of action for destruction

§ 11-31-212. Rabies control districts; establishment; notice

§ 11-31-213. Registration; vaccination certificate required

§ 11-31-214. Board authorized to adopt rules and regulations 

ARTICLE 3. ANIMALS RUNNING AT LARGE.

§ 11-31-301. Public nuisance; notice; penalties; rules and regulations; animal control districts and officers 

TITLE 15. CITIES AND TOWNS.  CHAPTER 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS.  ARTICLE 1. POWERS AND MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS.

§ 15-1-103. General powers of governing bodies. (See Sec. xiv for dogs) 

TITLE 23. GAME AND FISH.  CHAPTER 3. GENERAL REGULATORY PROVISIONS.  ARTICLE 1. BIRD AND ANIMAL PROVISIONS.

§ 23-3-109. Use of dogs; dogs injuring big or trophy game animals may be killed; citation of owners of dogs harassing game animals; penalties. 

TITLE 33. PROFESSIONS AND OCCUPATIONS.  CHAPTER 30. VETERINARIANS.  ARTICLE 2. MEDICAL PRACTICE.

§ 33-30-215. Disposition of unclaimed animals in custody of veterinarians; notice to owner; liability of veterinarians; "abandoned animals"

 

 

 

TITLE 6. CRIMES AND OFFENSES.  CHAPTER 5. OFFENSES AGAINST PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION.  ARTICLE 2. HINDERING GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS.

§ 6-5-211 Injuring or killing a police dog, fire dog, search and rescue dog or police horse prohibited; penalties.

(a) Any person who knowingly, willfully and without lawful cause or justification permanently disables or inflicts death upon any animal defined in subsection (b) of this section shall be liable for restitution by order of a court and shall be guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than ten (10) years, a fine of not more than ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00), or both.

(b) As used in this section:

(i) "Police dog" means any dog that is owned, or the service of which is employed, by a law enforcement or corrections agency for the principal purpose of aiding in the detection of criminal activity, enforcement of laws or apprehension of offenders;
 
(ii) "Police horse" means any horse that is owned, or the service of which is employed, by a law enforcement or corrections agency for the principal purpose of aiding in the detection of criminal activity, enforcement of laws or apprehension of offenders;
 
(iii) "Fire dog" means any dog that is owned, or the service of which is employed, by a fire department, a special fire district or the state fire marshal for the principal purpose of aiding in the detection of flammable materials or the investigation of fires;
 
(iv) "Search and rescue dog" means any search and rescue dog that is owned, or the service of which is utilized, by a fire department, a law enforcement or corrections agency, a special fire district or the state fire marshal for the principal purpose of aiding in the detection of missing persons, including persons who are lost, who are trapped under debris as a result of a natural, manmade or technological disaster or who are drowning victims.

Laws 2001, ch. 205, § 1, eff. July 1, 2001; Laws 2007, ch. 69, § 1, eff. July 1, 2007.

 

TITLE 11. AGRICULTURE, LIVESTOCK AND OTHER ANIMALS.  CHAPTER 31. DOGS AND CATS.  ARTICLE 1. IN GENERAL.

§ 11-31-101 [Repealed].

Repealed by Laws 1991, ch. 4, § 2.

 

§ 11-31-102 Deemed personalty.

Dogs are personal property and the subject of theft the same as other personal property. The value in any criminal prosecution shall be determined as in other cases.

CREDIT(S)

Laws 1888, ch. 79, § 3; Laws 1978, ch. 32, § 1; Laws 1991, ch. 4, § 1; Laws 2013, ch. 191, § 2, eff. July 1, 2013.

 

§ 11-31-103 [Repealed].

Repealed by Laws 1991, ch. 4, § 2.

 

§ 11-31-104 Penalties for poisoning or killing with ground glass.

Whoever within the limits of any incorporated city or town willfully poisons or kills any dog by means of ground glass is guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be fined not less than one hundred dollars ($100.00) nor more than one thousand dollars ($1,000.00), or imprisoned not less than one (1) month nor more than one (1) year, or both.

(Laws 1945, ch. 116, § 1; C.S. 1945, § 56-2104; W.S. 1957, § 11-579; W.S. 1977, § 11-36-104; Laws 1978, ch. 32, § 1.)

 

§ 11-31-105 Killing sheep or other domestic animals; liability of owner.

The owner of any dog is liable for all damages that accrue to any person, firm or corporation by reason of the dog killing, wounding, worrying or chasing any sheep or other domestic animals belonging to the person, firm or corporation. If two (2) or more dogs owned by different persons kill, wound, chase or worry any sheep or other domestic animals, the persons are jointly and severally liable for all damage done by the dogs. Any person who harbors about his premises a dog for twenty (20) days shall be taken and held as the owner and is liable for all damages that the dog commits.

(Laws 1933, ch. 90, § 1; C.S. 1945, § 56-2105; W.S. 1957, § 11-580; W.S. 1977, § 11-36-105; Laws 1978, ch. 32, § 1.)

 

§ 11-31-106 Killing sheep or other domestic animals; destruction.

Every person, firm, copartnership, corporation or company owning any dog, which to his knowledge has killed sheep or other livestock, shall exterminate and destroy the dog.

(Laws 1933, Sp. Sess., ch. 27, § 2; C.S. 1945, § 56-2202; W.S. 1957, § 11- 581; W.S. 1977, § 11-36-106; Laws 1978, ch. 32, § 1.)

 

§ 11-31-107 Running livestock; when killing authorized; liability to owner; exception.

Dogs running livestock against the wish of the owner of the livestock may be killed at once in cases where the livestock has been injured or is threatened with injury. The person killing any dog running livestock is not liable to the owner where the vicious character of the dog or the damage or danger of damage is shown. When livestock is trespassing upon property the property owner may use dogs to drive and keep off livestock from the property.

(Laws 1890, ch. 39, § 29; R.S. 1899, § 2014; C.S. 1910, § 2622; C.S. 1920, § 3116; R.S. 1931, § 67-227; C.S. 1945, § 56-528; W.S. 1957, § 11-582; Laws 1965, ch. 14, § 1; W.S. 1977, § 11-36-107; Laws 1978, ch. 32, § 1.)

 

§ 11-31-108 Running livestock; penalty for permitting.

Any person who permits or directs any dog owned by him or in his possession or in the possession of his employee to chase or run any cattle or other livestock of which he is not the owner and of which he is not in control, farther than one hundred (100) yards from his land, upon government lands, or away from any watering place upon the open range, shall be fined not less than fifty dollars ($50.00) or more than seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00), or imprisoned not more than six (6) months, or both.

(Laws 1913, ch. 2, § 1; C.S. 1920, § 3118; R.S. 1931, § 67-229; C.S. 1945, § 56-2106; W.S. 1957, § 11-583; W.S. 1977, § 11-36-108; Laws 1978, ch. 32, § 1; 1981, ch. 98, § 2.)

 

TITLE 11. AGRICULTURE, LIVESTOCK AND OTHER ANIMALS.  CHAPTER 31. DOGS AND CATS.  ARTICLE 2. LICENSING; RABIES CONTROL DISTRICTS.

§ 11-31-201 through 11-31-210.

Repealed by Laws 1979, ch. 124, § 2.

 

§ 11-31-211 Property rights in unlicensed dog or cat; no right of action for destruction.

The owner of a dog or cat has no property right in an unlicensed dog or cat, nor does he have any right of action against any person for the destruction of the dog or cat.

(Laws 1933, Sp. Sess., ch. 27, § 11; C.S. 1945, § 56-2211; W.S. 1957, § 11- 594; W.S. 1977, § 11-36-211; Laws 1978, ch. 32, § 1; 1992, ch. 72, § 1.)

 

§ 11-31-212 Rabies control districts; establishment; notice.

(a) The board of county commissioners of any county may establish a rabies control district by resolution when in the judgment of the board and the county health officer a district is necessary. The resolution shall designate the boundaries of the district, which may include any incorporated city or town, and shall identify the district by name.

(b) The resolution creating the rabies control district shall be published at least once a week for two (2) successive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the county wherein the district is located.

(Laws 1975, ch. 133, § 1; W.S. 1957, § 11-594.1; W.S. 1977, § 11-36-212; Laws 1978, ch. 32, § 1.)

 

§ 11-31-213 Registration; vaccination certificate required.

The board of county commissioners may require the registration of all dogs and cats within a rabies control district and may require the owner or person having the right to possession of any dog or cat in the district three (3) months of age or older, to present a valid rabies vaccination certificate showing the dog or cat has been vaccinated for immunization against rabies by a licensed veterinarian as a condition for registration. The vaccination certificate shall indicate the date of vaccination, the type of vaccine used and the period of immunization.

Laws 1975, ch. 133, § 1; W.S. 1957, § 11-594.2; W.S. 1977, § 11-36-213; Laws 1978, ch. 32, § 1; 1992, ch. 72, § 1.)

 

§ 11-31-214 Board authorized to adopt rules and regulations.

The board of county commissioners, with the advice of the county health officer, state veterinarian and department of health, may adopt such rules and regulations as necessary to implement the program for registration and immunization of dogs and cats in the rabies control district, including the requirement that registered dogs and cats be tagged or marked in such manner as to make them readily identifiable.

CREDIT(S)

Laws 1975, ch. 133, § 1; Laws 1978, ch. 32, § 1; Laws 1992, Sp. & Bud. Sess., ch. 72, § 1; Laws 2013, ch. 47, § 1, eff. July 1, 2013.

TITLE 11. AGRICULTURE, LIVESTOCK AND OTHER ANIMALS.  CHAPTER 31. DOGS AND CATS.  ARTICLE 3. ANIMALS RUNNING AT LARGE.

§ 11-31-301 Public nuisance; notice; penalties; rules and regulations; animal control districts and officers.

(a) A board of county commissioners may declare the running at large of any specified animals in unincorporated areas within the county limits a public nuisance.

(b) Notice of such a declaration shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation within the county and notices may be placed in appropriate locations. The notice shall specify any regulations necessary and convenient for animal control and shall state that:

(i) It is a public nuisance for one (1) or more specified animals to be running at large in unincorporated areas;

(ii) A fine shall be imposed on the owner of such animal and restitution for any damages to person or property caused by the animal shall be made by the owner;

(iii) Dogs or other animals, whose ownership cannot be determined, may be destroyed.

(c) Upon the filing of any complaint, the county sheriff may arrest or issue a summons to the owner of any animal which is running at large or has attacked a person. A first conviction is punishable by a fine of not more than fifty dollars ($50.00). Each subsequent conviction is punishable by a fine of not more than one hundred dollars ($100.00).

(d) A dog injuring or killing livestock may be killed by the owner of the livestock or his agent or any peace officer.

(e) Any animal attacking any person in a vicious manner or that bites any person may be impounded by the county sheriff or animal control officer and held in quarantine for at least ten (10) days or as long as necessary as determined by the Wyoming state health officer after the attack to determine whether the animal has any disease which may be communicated to humans. Home quarantine may be allowed as determined by the animal control officer or the county sheriff if the animal's owner or custodian presents a valid rabies vaccination certificate showing the animal has been vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian. The costs of impoundment, quarantine and testing shall be paid by the owner or custodian of the animal. Any animal which attacks any person in a vicious manner may be destroyed or the owner or custodian of the animal may be fined not more than two hundred dollars ($200.00), or both. Proof of the fact that the animal has bitten or attacked any person at any place where a person is legally entitled to be is evidence that the animal is vicious within the meaning of this section. A copy of any animal control officer report regarding the animal bite shall be submitted to the state health officer.

(f) Upon the declaration of a public nuisance, the county sheriff may dispose of any unlicensed animals, the ownership of which cannot be determined.

(g) A board of county commissioners may enact regulations relative to dogs running at large, vicious dogs, dogs running wild game or livestock or acts by other animals which shall carry out the purposes of this section. The county sheriff shall and a county animal control officer or any other peace officer may enforce these regulations to protect persons and property.

(h) A board of county commissioners may require an annual county license or tag for animals within their jurisdiction upon payment of a fee of not more than ten dollars ($10.00). Funds collected pursuant to this subsection may be used for animal control or for the maintenance of animal control centers for either purpose.

(j) A board of county commissioners may establish and provide for the operation of animal control districts which may encompass all or parts of the unincorporated area of the county and may cooperate with municipalities in a joint animal control program. Joint animal control programs may employ joint animal control officers who have the authority to enforce the animal control regulations and ordinances of each of the participating entities.

(k) As used in W.S. 11-31-301 “animal” means a dog or cat.

(m) Except as provided in subsection (e) of this section regarding impounding an animal to determine disease status, nothing in this section shall apply to any livestock guarding animal which is actively engaged in protecting livestock. Except in the case of gross or willful negligence, no liability shall accrue to the owner, or his agent, of any livestock guarding animal for any injury to any person or animal received from any livestock guarding animal which was actively engaged in protecting livestock. As used in this subsection, “animal” means as defined in W.S. 11-29-101(a)(i).

CREDIT(S)

Laws 1979, ch. 124, § 1; Laws 1981, ch. 73, § 1; Laws 1983, ch. 123, § 1; Laws 1984, ch. 37, § 1; Laws 2002, Sp. & Bud. Sess., ch. 41, § 1, eff. July 1, 2002; Laws 2009, ch. 173, § 1, eff. July 1, 2009.

 

TITLE 15. CITIES AND TOWNS.  CHAPTER 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS.  ARTICLE 1. POWERS AND MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS.

§ 15-1-103 General powers of governing bodies. (Edited) (See Sec. xiv for dogs).

(a) The governing bodies of all cities and towns may:

***
(xiv) Regulate or prohibit the running at large within the city limits of any animals, impose a license fee for the keeping or harboring of dogs and establish and provide for the operation of a pound;
***
(xxii) Establish and regulate parks, zoological gardens and recreation areas within the city limits and upon land owned, leased or controlled outside of the city limits provided:
 
(A) The municipal court of the city or town has jurisdiction to punish any violator of the ordinances of the city or town governing those areas;
(B) The state game and fish commission is authorized to furnish to any city or town any game or animals requested, and the city or town shall pay the necessary expenses.
***
 
(xli) Adopt ordinances, resolutions and regulations, including regulations not in conflict with this act and necessary for the health, safety and welfare of the city or town, necessary to give effect to the powers conferred by this act and, except as provided by paragraph (xlvi) of this subsection, enforce all ordinances by imposing fines not exceeding seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00), or imprisonment not exceeding six (6) months, or both. The governing body of a city or town may by ordinance impose a term of probation for battery which may exceed the maximum term of imprisonment established for the offense provided the term of probation, together with any extension thereof, shall in no case exceed one (1) year;
***
 
(l) Appoint special municipal officers, who are not certified as peace officers, to issue citations to individuals for the limited purpose of enforcing ordinances, resolutions and regulations in the areas of animal control, parking and municipal code enforcement. Special municipal officers are not law enforcement officers:
 
(A) For purposes of employee benefits provided in title 9 of Wyoming statutes;
(B) Are not peace officers for purposes of title 6 or title 7 of Wyoming statutes
 
(C) Are not peace officers for purposes of W.S. 1-39-112;
 
(D) Shall not be required to carry a firearm;

(E) Shall not have the power of arrest;
(F) Shall not be issued a peace officer's badge; and
(G) Shall not represent themselves to be peace officers.

***
CREDIT(S)

Laws 1965, ch. 112, § 3; Laws 1967, ch. 117, § 1; Laws 1967, ch. 151, § 1; Laws 1969, ch. 120, § 1; Laws 1973, ch. 206, § 1; Laws 1977, ch. 45, § 4; Laws 1979, ch. 85, § 1; Laws 1979, ch. 155, § 2; Laws 1980, ch. 38, § 1; Laws 1981, ch. 101, § 1; Laws 1981, ch. 174, § 2; Laws 1984, ch. 15, § 1; Laws 1984, ch. 34, § 2; Laws 1985, ch. 172, §§ 1, 3; Laws 1991, ch. 206, § 1; Laws 1991, ch. 215, § 1; Laws 1991, ch. 240, § 1; Laws 1995, ch. 118, § 2, eff. July 1, 1995; Laws 1996, ch. 75, § 1, eff. March 19, 1996; Laws 1997, ch. 59, § 1, eff. Feb. 18, 1997; Laws 1998, Sp. & Bud. Sess., ch. 84, § 1, eff. July 1, 1998; Laws 1999, ch. 22, §§ 1, 2, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 1999, ch. 107, § 1, eff. Feb. 25, 1999; Laws 2004, ch. 42, § 1, eff. March 3, 2004; Laws 2004, ch. 130, § 1, eff. March 19, 2004; Laws 2007, ch. 50, § 1, eff. July 1, 2007; Laws 2007, ch. 67, § 1, eff. July 1, 2007; Laws 2007, ch. 139, § 2, eff. July 1, 2007; Laws 2009, ch. 138, § 1, eff. July 1, 2009.

 

TITLE 23. GAME AND FISH.  CHAPTER 3. GENERAL REGULATORY PROVISIONS.  ARTICLE 1. BIRD AND ANIMAL PROVISIONS.

§ 23-3-109 Use of dogs; dogs injuring big or trophy game animals may be killed; citation of owners of dogs harassing game animals; penalties.

(a) No person shall use any dog to hunt, run or harass any big or trophy game animal, protected animal or furbearing animal except as otherwise provided by this act. The commission shall regulate the use of dogs to take mountain lions and bobcats during hunting or trapping seasons.

(b) In cases where big game animals have been injured or are being threatened with immediate injury by dogs, a peace officer may kill such dog or dogs where the vicious character of the dog or dogs is manifest. A peace officer killing a dog pursuant to this subsection shall make reasonable efforts to ascertain the ownership of the dog and inform the owner of the dog's death and the circumstances surrounding the death. Any peace officer who kills a dog pursuant to this subsection or has received a report that a dog has been killed shall file a report with his employing agency within twenty-four (24) hours of his action or of receiving a report.

(c) It is unlawful for any person to recklessly allow or direct a dog which he owns or is under his control to injure or threaten a big game animal with injury, whether or not the big game animal is actually injured by the dog, unless the dog was attempting to protect livestock or other property. A conviction under this subsection is punishable by a fine imposed for a low misdemeanor punishable as provided in W.S. 23-6-202(a)(v).

CREDIT(S)

Laws 1939, ch. 65, § 76; Laws 1973, ch. 249, § 1; Laws 1993, ch. 100, § 1; Laws 2002, Sp. & Bud. Sess., ch. 41, § 1, eff. July 1, 2002; Laws 2007, ch. 62, § 1, eff. July 1, 2007; Laws 2009, ch. 148, § 1, eff. July 1, 2009.

 

TITLE 33. PROFESSIONS AND OCCUPATIONS.  CHAPTER 30. VETERINARIANS.  ARTICLE 2. MEDICAL PRACTICE.

§ 33-30-215 Disposition of unclaimed animals in custody of veterinarians; notice to owner; liability of veterinarians; "abandoned animals".

(a) Any animal placed in the custody of a licensed veterinarian for treatment, boarding, or other care, which shall be unclaimed by its owner or his agent for a period of more than ten (10) days after written notice is given to the owner or his agent at his last known address, shall be deemed to be abandoned and may be turned over to the custody of the nearest humane society or dog pound in the area for the disposal as such custodian may deem proper.

(b) The giving of notice to the owner, or the agent of the owner, of such animal by the licensed veterinarian, as provided in the foregoing paragraph, shall relieve the licensed veterinarian and any custodian to whom such animal may be given of any further liability for disposal; it is further provided that such procedure by the licensed veterinarian shall not constitute grounds for disciplinary procedure under this act [§§ 33-30-201 through 33-30-215].

(c) For the purpose of this act the term "abandoned" shall mean to forsake entirely, or to neglect or refuse to provide or perform the legal obligations for care and support of an animal by its owner, or his agent; such abandonment shall constitute the relinquishment of all rights and claim by the owner to such animal.

(Laws 1967, ch. 37, § 15; W.S. 1957, § 33-383.15.)

 



Top of Page
Share |