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AK - Ordinances - 03.55.070. Power of village council to control dogs   AK ST 03.55.070  

This Alaska statute enables a village council the power to destroy loose dogs in the village and otherwise control dogs to the extent authorized first class cities.  The council may impose and enforce the provisions of a dog control ordinance in the total area within 20 miles of the village.

 
AL - Ordinances - Section 11-3A-2. Powers for Public Welfare, Health, and Safety; Authorization; Scope.   AL ST 11-3A-2   This statute authorizes each county commission to enact ordinances for the control of animals and animal nuisances.  
AR - Ordinances - Regulation by suburban improvement district (dogs/cats).   AR ST 14-16-701   This Arkansas statute provides that, upon the written request of the governing body of a suburban improvement district (as defined by statute), a county may by ordinance control and regulate dogs and cats within all or any part of the suburban improvement district.  This statute does not elaborate on the confines of such ordinances, so it is assumed the subject matter is constrained only through preemption.  
AZ - Dog Ordinances - Powers and duties of board of supervisors (dogs/animals)   AZ ST 11-1005   This Arizona statute provides that each county board of supervisors may regulate dogs, including the designation of a county enforcement agent, contracting with any city or town to enforce the provisions of any ordinance enacted by such city or town for the control of dogs, and for the unincorporated areas of the county, by ordinance, regulate, restrain and prohibit the running at large of dogs and the excessive and unrestrained barking of dogs.  They may also establish either civil or criminal penalties for violations of the above ordinances and establish a rabies quarantine zone.  
AZ - License and Vaccination Ordinances - Exemption of cities, towns and counties (dogs/animals)   AZ ST 11-1018  

This Arizona statute exempts cities or towns from the provisions of this article if they impose a license fee and vaccination on dogs by ordinance, provided that such ordinance is equal to or more stringent than the provisions of this article.  Further, the provisions of this article shall not apply to counties which regulate the running at large of dogs in the unincorporated areas of the county by ordinance provided that such ordinance is equal to or more stringent than the provisions of this article.

 
AZ - Ordinances - Article 2. Board of Trustees Government After Disincorporation.   AZ ST 9-219   This Arizona statute provides that the board of trustees of a city may pass ordinances not inconsistent or in conflict with the laws of this state.  More specifically, this statute provides that the board may restrain, under penalties, the running at large of cattle or other animals, and provide rules for impounding them, and provide for taxing dogs and penalties for the nonpayment of such taxes, or the killing of dogs running at large in the corporate limits.  However, before exercising these powers, the board shall cause a resolution of intention to be recorded in minutes and then published in some daily or weekly newspaper at least two  
CO - Ordinances - Pet animal control and licensing   CO ST 30-15-101   This Colorado statute states that the board of county commissioners of any county may adopt a resolution for the control and licensing of dogs.  These regulations may require licensing of dogs by owners, require that dogs and other pet animals be under control at all times and define "control," define "vicious dog" and "vicious animal," establish a dog pound, or other animal holding facility, provide for the impoundment of animals which are vicious, not under control, or otherwise not in conformity with the resolutions, and establish such other reasonable regulations and restrictions for the control of dogs and other pet animals.  
DE - Dogs - Consolidated Dog Laws   DE ST TI 9 901 - 919; DE ST TI 9 920 - 928; DE ST TI 3 8201 - 8213; DE ST TI 3 8214 - 8225; DE ST TI 6 4001 - 4011; DE ST TI 7 1701 - 1740;   These statutes comprise Delaware's dog laws.  Among the provisions include licensing requirements, laws concerning hunting field trials, and the dangerous dog subchapter.  
GA - Ordinances - Jurisdiction and duties of local governments   GA ST 4-8-22   This Georgia statute provides authority for local governing units to enforce this article. This statute further establishes that the local government shall designate an individual as a dog control officer to aid in the administration and enforcement of the provisions of this article; the dog control officer does not have the authority to make arrests unless the person is a law enforcement officer. Additionally, this article also allows local governments to make arrangements with each other for consolidation of dog control services.  
HI - Dog - General Dog Provisions   HI ST 143-1 to 19; HI ST 183D-65   This Hawaii statute provides the pertinent regulations for dogs in the state.  Included in its provisions are licensing, impoundment, seizure of loose or unlicensed dogs, and stray animals.  Of particular note is a provision that makes it unlawful for any officer to knowingly sell or give any impounded dog to any person, firm, corporation, association, medical college, or university for the purpose of animal experimentation.  
IA - Ordinances - Duties relating to services   IA ST 331.381  

This Iowa statute states that the county board shall provide for the seizure, impoundment, and disposition of dogs in accordance with chapter 351.

 
IN - Dog - Consolidated Dog Laws   IN ST 15-17-6-1 - 14; 25-38.1-4-8 ; 15-20-2-1 - 7; 6-9-39-1 - 9; 35-46-3-15; 15-20-3-1 - 4 ; 14-22-11-1   These Indiana statutes comprise the state's dog laws.  Included are provisions on rabies, liability of owners for dog bites or damage to livestock, and taxation and registration laws, among others.  
KS - Dogs - Consolidated Dog Laws   KS ST 47-645 - 646a; 47-835; 47-1701 - 1737; 79-1301   These Kansas statutes comprise the state's dog laws.  Among the provisions include licensing of dogs, specific laws that outline the care of dogs in kennel situations, and laws pertaining to dogs who endanger livestock.  
KY - Ordinances - CHAPTER 258. DOGS.   KY ST 258.365   This Kentucky statute provides that nothing in this chapter related to state regulation of dogs shall be construed to prohibit or limit the right of any city to pass or enforce any ordinance with respect to the regulation of dogs, the provisions of which are not inconsistent with the provisions of this chapter.  
LA - Dog - Consolidated Dog Laws   LA R.S. 2451 - 2778; LA R.S. 56:124.1; LSA-R.S. 56:141   These statutes comprise Louisiana's dog laws.  Included among the provisions are dangerous dog laws, impoundment provisions, and the relevant licensing requirements.  
LA - Ordinances - CHAPTER 18. ANIMALS RUNNING AT LARGE.   LA R.S. 3:2731  

This Louisiana statute provides that the governing bodies of all parishes and municipalities may impose license taxes on all dogs, enact ordinances for the regulation of dogs running at large, and maintain pounds for the impounding of dogs.

 
MA - Dog - Consolidated Dog Laws   MA ST 140 136A - 175; MA ST 131 20, 21, 21A, 82   These Massachusetts statutes comprise the state's dog laws.  Among the provisions include licensing laws, dangerous dog laws, and rabies vaccination provisions.  
MA - Ordinances - By-laws and ordinances relative to regulation of dogs   MA ST 140 147A   This Massachusetts statute provides that any city or town that accepts the provisions of this statutory section is empowered to enact by-laws and ordinances relative to the regulation of dogs.  These areas may relate to, but not be limited to dog licensing, establishing dog fees, disposition of fees, appointment of dog officers, kennel licensing and regulations, procedures for the investigation of and reimbursement for damage caused by dogs, restraining of dogs and establishing penalties for a breach.  
MD - Dogs - Consolidated Dog Laws   MD Code, Art. 24, 11-501 - 514; MD Code, Transportation, 21-1004.1; MD Code, Art. 25, 236A, MD Code, Natural Resources, 10-413, 10-701 TO 703; MD Code, Natural Resources, 10-807; MD Code, Public Safety, 2-313; MD Code, Health - General, 18-312 - 321; MD Code, State Government, 13-30   These statutes comprise Maryland's dog laws.  Maryland is unique in that the state law governs the specific licensing and other regulations certain counties may adopt or enforce.  Also included are the state rabies provisions and even the law that designates the state dog (the Chesapeake Bay retriever).  
MD - Licenses - Article 24. Political Subdivisions--Miscellaneous Provisions.   MD CODE, Art. 24, 11-510   Repealed in 2013. This Maryland statute provides that any dog found running at large without the proper license tag attached is considered a nuisance and is subject to seizure, detention and destruction.  When the dog warden is not able to catch a dog running at large without a license tag, the dog may be shot or otherwise killed.  The County Commissioners may provide by ordinance that owners of dogs may not permit the dog, whether licensed or unlicensed, to run at large, after a petition signed by a majority of residents has been submitted.  Dogs seized under this provision are kept for 72 hours; thereafter, the owner loses ownership rights and is subject to sale after an additional holding period.  Any dog seized and not redeemed within 120 hours from time of its seizure may be killed by the dog warden or one of his or her duly authorized deputies.  
ME - Dogs - Consolidated Dog Laws   ME ST T.7 3901 - 4163; ME ST T. 12 12707   These Maine statutes comprise the state's dog laws.  Among the provisions include licensing requirements, laws that determine the disposition of loose or dangerous dogs, and a chapter on the sale of dogs.  
MI - Dogs - Consolidated Dog Laws   M.C.L. 287.261 - 395; 324.73101 - 42106  

The regulation of dogs and cats in Michigan implicates three major issues: licensing and registration of dogs; the regulation of animal control facilities and pet shops; and the ever-present concern of dog bites.  The primary statutory vehicle that regulates the licensing requirements for dogs is the The Dog Law of 1919. Under the dog law, it is unlawful for any person to own a dog six months or older unless the dog is licensed. MCL § 287.262. It is also unlawful for a person to own a dog six months or older that does not wear a collar and tag at all times, except when engaged in hunting activities accompanied by his or her owner. MCL § 287.262. A female dog that is in heat may not go beyond her owner’s premises unless properly held on a leash under this section.

 
MI - Ordinances - CHAPTER 287. ANIMAL INDUSTRY. DOG LAW OF 1919.   M. C. L. A. 287.289a   This Michigan law provides that a board of county commissioners may establish, by ordinance, an animal control agency.  The animal control agency shall have jurisdiction to enforce this act in any city, village or township which does not have an animal control ordinance. The county's animal control ordinance shall provide for animal control programs, facilities, personnel and necessary expenses incurred in animal control.   
MI - Ordinances - Chapters 81 to 113 Fourth Class Cities.   M. C. L. A. 91.1  

This Michigan statute provides that a city incorporated under the provisions of this act has, and the council may pass ordinances relating to, the following general powers:  To provide for the issuing of licenses to the owners and keepers of dogs and to require the owners and keepers of dogs to pay for and obtain such licenses; and to regulate and prevent the running at large of dogs, to require dogs to be muzzled, and to authorize the killing of dogs running at large or not licensed in violation of an ordinance of the city.

 
MN - Dog - Consolidated Dog Laws   MN ST 35.67 - 71; 97A.321, 97B.001 - 621; 325F.79-792; 346.01-58; 347.01-56; 365.10; 366.01   These statutes comprise Minnesota's relevant dog laws.  Among the provisions include several laws related to natural resources protection and hunting with dogs, the sale of dogs, and laws related to damage done by dogs.  
MN - Ordinances - 366.01.Chapter 366. Town Board; Board of Audit. Town Board.   MN ST 366.01   This Minnesota statute provides that the supervisors of each town constituting a town board are empowered to license and regulate the presence or keeping of dogs or domestic animal pets when deemed to be in the public interest.  
MN - Ordinances - Chapter 347. Dogs and Cats. Dogs.   MN ST 347.21   This Minnesota statute provides that state dog control laws are supplemental to local provisions enacted by ordinance and shall not be construed as to modify, repeal, or prevent municipalities from prohibiting, licensing, or regulating the running at large of dogs.  
MN - Ordinances - Chapter 365. Town General Law. Town Meeting Powers.   MN ST 365.10   Under this Minnesota statute, town electors at their annual town meeting, are empowered to exercise control over a number of activities relating to dogs.  They can decide the locations of pounds, set the number of poundmasters, and discontinue a pound.  The electors may make orders and bylaws on restraining horses, cattle, sheep, swine, and other domestic animals from going at large on roads. They may also make orders and bylaws on the impounding of domestic animals going at large and fix penalties for violations of the orders and bylaws.  The electors may let the town board pass an ordinance for licensing dogs and cats and regulating their presence, keeping, and running at large in the town.  The electors are also granted the authority to provide for a specific activity that is within any of the following categories:  the promotion of health, safety, order, and convenience, and the general welfare.   
MO - Dog Ordinances - Chapter 77. Third Class Cities.   MO ST 77.510   This Missouri statute provides that a city council may tax, restrain and prohibit the running at large of dogs, and provide for their destruction when at large contrary to ordinance, and impose penalties on the owners or keepers thereof.  
MO - Ordinances - Chapter 79. Fourth Class Cities. Police and Health Regulations   MO ST 79.400  

This Missouri statute provides that a local board of aldermen may tax, regulate and restrain and prohibit the running at large of dogs, and provide for their destruction when at large contrary to ordinance, and impose penalties on the owners or keepers thereof.

 
MT - Ordinance - Chapter 23. Domestic Animal Control and Protection.   MT ST 7-23-2108   This Montana statute provides that the governing body of the county may regulate, restrain, or prohibit the running at large of dogs by the adoption of an ordinance which substantially complies with state law provisions related to licensing.  Violation of an ordinance adopted is a misdemeanor.  Additionally, the county governing body is authorized to impound, sell, kill, or otherwise destroy dogs found at large contrary to ordinances.  
NC - Dogs - Consolidated Dog Laws   NC ST 14-81 to 82; 19A-20 to 44; 19A-60 to 65; 67-1 - 36; 90-187.7; 113-291.5; 130A-184 to 204; 145-13; 160A-186; 160A-212   These North Carolina statutes comprise the state's dog laws.  Among the provisions include pet shop provisions, rabies vaccination laws, and the dangerous dog chapter.  
ND - Ordinances - Chapter 40-05. Powers of Municipalities.   ND ST 40-05-02  

This North Dakota statute provides that the city council in a city operating under the council form of government and the board of city commissioners in a city operating under the commission system of government, in addition to the powers possessed by all municipalities, shall have power to license dogs and to regulate the keeping of dogs including authorization for their disposition or destruction in order to protect the health, safety, and general welfare of the public.

 
NE - Licenses - Chapter 15. Cities of the Primary Class.   NE ST 15-220   This Nebraska statute provides that a primary city shall have power to regulate, license, or prohibit the running at large of dogs and other animals and guard against injuries or annoyances therefrom, and to authorize the destruction of the same when running at large contrary to the provisions of any ordinance.  
NH - Dogs - Consolidated Dog Laws   N.H. Rev. Stat. 466:1 - 466:54; 47:17; 207:11 - 207:13b; 210:18; 264:31; 436:99 - 436:109; 437:1 - 437:22; 437-A:1 - 9; 508:18-a   These New Hampshire statutes comprise the state's dog laws.  Among the provisions include licensing requirements, dangerous dog laws, and the rabies control code.  
NH - Kennel - CHAPTER 466. DOGS AND CATS.   N.H. Rev. Stat. 466:6   This New Hampshire statute outlines the provisions of dog group licenses (i.e., kennel licenses).  
NJ - Dogs - Consolidated Dog Laws   NJ ST 2A:42-101 to 2A:42-113; 2C:29-3.1; 4:19-1 to 4:19-43; 4:19A-1 - 17; 4:21B-1 - 3; 4:22A-1 to 13; 23:4-25, 26, 46; 26:4-78 - 95; 40:48-1   These statutes comprise New Jersey's dog laws.  Among the provisions include laws regarding domesticated animals in housing projects, rabies control laws, licensing requirements, and dangerous dog laws.  
NM - Dog - Consolidated Dog Laws   NMSA 1978, 3-18-3; NMSA 1978, 77-1-1 - 20   These statutes comprise New Mexico's dog laws.  Among the provisions include municipal powers to regulate dogs, vaccination requirements, and provisions related to dangerous dogs.  
NV - Dog - Consolidated Dog Laws   N. R. S. 193.021; N. R. S. 202.500; N. R. S. 206.150; N. R. S. 244.359; N. R. S. 269.225; N. R. S. 503.631; N. R. S. 568.370; N.R.S. 574.600 - 670; N.R.S. 575.020   These statutes comprise Nevada's dog laws.  Among the provisions include a link to proper care requirements for companion animals, animal control ordinance provisions, and the dangerous dog law among others.  
NV - Dog Ordinance - 244.359. Ordinance concerning control of animals, license fee and designation of and requirement of liability insurance policy for inherently dangerous animals; applicability; civil liability in lieu of criminal penalty in certain circumstances   N. R. S. 244.359   This Nevada statute provides that each board of county commissioners may enact and enforce an ordinance related to dogs including licensing, regulating or prohibiting the running at large and disposal of all kinds of animals, establishing a pound, designating an animal as inherently dangerous and requiring the owner of such an animal to obtain a policy of liability insurance, among other things.  
NY - Dogs - Consolidated Dog Laws   McKinney's Agriculture and Markets Law 106 - 127, 331 - 332, 400 - 410; McKinney's ECL 11-0529, 11-0901 - 0928, 11-2117; McKinney's General Business Law 399-aa, 751 - 755; McKinney's General Municipal Law 88, 209-cc; McKinney's General Obligations Law 11-107; McKinney's Lien Law 183; McKinney's Public Health Law 1310, 505-a, 2140 - 2146; McKinney's Town Law 130; McKinney's Vehicle and Traffic Law 601   These New York statutes comprise the state's dog laws.  Among the provisions include state licensing requirements, the sale of dogs by pet dealers, rabies control laws, and provisions related to dogs and hunting.  
NY - Impound - Chapter 69. Of the Consolidated Laws.   McKinney's Agriculture and Markets Law 118  

This New York law outlines the violations  related to licensing of  dogs. Any owner who fails to license any dog; fails to have a dog identified as required; knowingly affixes false or improper licensing, including that which identifies it as an assistance dog; fails to confine or restrain his or her dog as required; furnishes false or misleading information in connection with this article; fails to exercise diligence in handling his or her dog, which results in harm to a service dog; commits a violation. It shall be the duty of the dog control officer of any municipality to bring an action against any person who has committed within such municipality any violation of this section. Any municipality may elect either to prosecute such action as a violation under the penal law or to commence an action to recover a civil penalty.

 
OH - Ordinance - 955.221 County, township, and municipal corporation ordinances to control dogs   R.C. 955.221   This Ohio statute provides that a board of county commissioners, board of township trustees, or municipal corporation may adopt and enforce resolutions to control dogs that are not otherwise in conflict with any other provision of the Revised Code.  These ordinances or resolutions to control dogs include, but are not limited to, ordinances or resolutions concerned with the ownership, keeping, or harboring of dogs, the restraint of dogs, dogs as public nuisances, and dogs as a threat to public health, safety, and welfare, except that such ordinances or resolutions shall not prohibit the use of any dog which is lawfully engaged in hunting or training for the purpose of hunting while accompanied by a licensed hunter.  
OR - Animal Definitions - Chapter 87. Statutory Liens. Liens Generally. 87.142. Definitions   O. R. S. 87.142   This is Oregon's statutory definitions for Animal Statutes.  
OR - Dog - Consolidated Dog Laws   O. R. S. 87.172, O. R. S. 433.340 - 405; O. R. S. 609.010 - 994; O. R. S. 498.102, 106, and 164; O.R.S. 646A.07 - 077   These Oregon statutes comprise the state's dog laws.  Among the provisions include licensing and registration requirements, rabies control laws, and a comprehensive section on damage done by dogs, especially as it concerns the destruction of livestock.  
OR - Licenses - 609.060. Notice by publication of election result; dogs running at large prohibited; violations   O. R. S. 609.060   This Oregon statute provides that if a governing body of a county by ordinance, or a measure approved by the electors in an election prohibits dogs from running at large, the county shall give notice, by publication in a newspaper having a general circulation in the county. If after 60 days from the notice, a keeper violates the running at large ordinance, he or she commits a Class B violation.  
OR - Ordinances - Application of ORS 609.156, 609.162 and 609.168 (to dog ordinances)   O. R. S. 609.135   This Oregon statute provides that ORS 609.156, 609.162 and 609.168 (related to hearings, penalties, and reexamination for dogs found to be chasing, worrying, or injuring livestock) apply in every county having a dog control program.  It also extends other state dog provisions to counties.  
PA - Dog - 550. General immunity from noise   3 P.S. 550   This Pennsylvania statute provides that all owners and operators of dog training and special retriever training areas licensed by the Pennsylvania Game Commission shall be exempt and immune from any civil action or criminal prosecution in any manner relating to noise provided they were and remain in compliance with any applicable noise control laws or ordinances at the time the permit for establishment of the training area was authorized.  
PA - Ordinances - 459-1201. Applicability to cities of the first class, second class, second class A and third class   3 P.S. 459-1201   This Pennsylvania statute provides that cities of the first and second class are not affected by state dog licensing programs; existing city-level programs remain in effect.  With cities of the third class, certain provisions of the state article on dog licensing shall not apply if the city has established a licensing program by ordinance.  
PR - Ordinances - Municipal regulation of domestic animals   PR ST T. 24 651  

This Puerto Rico statute confers authority to the municipal councils of Puerto Rico to regulate by ordinance, the running at large of domestic animals, destruction and impounding of such animals, as well as the regulation of muzzling and licensing of dogs.  In addition, the councils are given authority to enact all needful ordinances to protect the public health as affected by the running at large of domestic animals.

 
RI - Ordinances - 4-13-1. Regulatory ordinances--Enforcement and penalties   Gen. Laws, 1956, 4-13-1   This Rhode Island statute first provides that city or town councils may make any ordinances concerning dogs in their cities or towns as they deem expedient, to be enforced by the destruction or disposition of the animal, or by pecuniary penalties.  It then outlines that specific ordinances that several cities are authorized to enact and what terms must be included.  
SC - Ordinances - 47-3-20. Local animal care and control ordinances authorized.   Code 1976 47-3-20   This South Carolina statute provides that the governing body of each county or municipality in this State may enact ordinances and promulgate regulations for the care and control of dogs, cats, and other animals and to prescribe penalties for violations.  
SD - Dogs - Consolidated Dog Laws   S D C L 9-29-12; S D C L 40-1-41; S D C L 40-34-1 - 15; S D C L 40-12-1 - 6; S D C L 41-8-15; S D C L 41-15-14; S DC L 41-17-18.1   These South Dakota statutes comprise the state's dog laws.  Among the provisions include licensing requirements, vicious dog laws, and rabies vaccination provisions.  
SD - Licenses - 40-34-5. Running at large prohibited by county--County license or tax on dogs   S D C L 40-34-5  

This South Dakota statute provides that the board of county commissioners of each of the counties shall have the power to regulate, restrain or prohibit the running at large of dogs and to impose a license or tax on all dogs not licensed or taxed under municipal ordinance, owned or kept by any person within the county.

 
TX - Impound - 826.033. Restraint, Impoundment, and Disposition of Dogs and Cats.   V. T. C. A., Health & Safety Code 826.033   This Texas statute provides that a municipality or county may adopt ordinances or rules to require that each dog or cat be restrained by its owner and that any stray dog or cat be declared a public nuisance.  Further, it can declare that each unrestrained dog or cat be detained or impounded by the local rabies control authority.  Each stray dog or cat be impounded for a period set by ordinance or rule and a humane disposition be made of each unclaimed stray dog or cat upon its expiration.  
TX - Licenses - 826.031. Registration of Dogs and Cats by Local Governments.   V. T. C. A., Health & Safety Code 826.031   This Texas statute provides that the governing body of a municipality and the commissioners court of a county may adopt ordinances or rules requiring the registration of each dog and cat within the jurisdiction of the municipality or county.  Fees may be collected pursuant to such ordinances to defray costs.  
TX - Licenses - 826.032. Registration; Criminal Penalty   V. T. C. A., Health & Safety Code 826.032   This Texas statute provides that a person commits an offense (Class C misdemeanor) if he or she fails to or refuses to register or present for registration a dog or cat owned by the person as required by state law or local ordinance.  
TX - Ordinances - 826.034. Restraint; Criminal Penalty.   V. T. C. A., Health & Safety Code 826.034   This Texas statute provides that a person commits an offense (Class C misdemeanor) if the person fails or refuses to restrain a dog or cat owned by the person and the animal is required to be restrained under the ordinances or rules adopted under this chapter.  
UT - License - 10-8-65. Dogs--License and tax--Destruction, sale or other disposal   U.C.A. 1953 10-8-65  

This Utah statute, under the chapter relating the general powers of all cities, provides that cities may license, tax, regulate or prohibit the keeping of dogs, and authorize the destruction, sale or other disposal of the same when at large contrary to ordinance.

 
VA - Dogs - Consolidated Dog Laws   Va. Code Ann. 3.2-5900 - 6590; 29.1-516.1   These Virginia statutes comprise the state's dog laws.  Among the provisions include laws on the sale of dogs, rabies control laws, and sections concerning damage done by dogs.  
VA - Impound - 3.2-6545. Regulation of sale of animals procured from animal shelters   Va. Code Ann. 3.2-6545  

This Virginia statute provides that any city, county or town which supports an animal shelter may by ordinance provide that no person who acquires an animal from a shelter shall be able to sell such animal within a period of six months from the time the animal is acquired from the shelter. Violation of such an ordinance shall constitute a misdemeanor.

 
VA - Ordinance - 3.2-6587. Unlawful acts; penalties   Va. Code Ann. 3.2-6587   This Virginia statute describes the unlawful acts related to pets that will constitute Class 4 misdemeanors.  Included are furnishing a false license application, failing to pay license tax, violating a leash or rabies ordinance, not disposing of dead companion animals per statute, and improperly concealing a pet.  Also, a Class 1 misdemeanor may be imposed for falsely impersonating a humane officer or for falsifying a claim for animal damage.  
VA - Ordinances - 3.2-6537. Ordinances; penalties (pet shops)   Va. Code Ann. 3.2-6537   This Virginia statute provides that the governing body of any county, city or town may, by local ordinance, require a person operating a pet shop or operating as a dealer in companion animals to obtain a permit.  It further outlines the specific requirements the ordinance may provide, including record-keeping and penalties.  
VT - Dogs, Wolf-hybrids - Consolidated Dog Laws   20 V.S.A. 3511 - 3513; 3541 - 3817, 3901 - 3915, 4301 - 4304; 10 V.S.A. 5001 - 5007, 4748   These Vermont statutes comprise the state's dog laws.  Among the provisions include licensing and control laws for both domestic dogs and wolf-hybrids, laws concerning the sale of dogs, and various wildlife/hunting laws that implicate dogs.  
VT - Ordinances - 2291. Enumeration of powers (dog ordinances)   24 V.S.A. 2291  

This Vermont statute provides that, for the purpose of promoting the public health, safety, welfare and convenience, a town, city or incorporated village shall have the power to regulate the keeping of dogs, and to provide for their leashing, muzzling or restraint.

 
WA - Dog - Consolidated Dog Laws   West's RCWA 4.24.410; 9.08.010 - 90; West's RCWA 9.91.170 - 175; 16.10.010 - 40; 16.54.010 - 40; 16.70.010 - 60; 36.49.020 - 070; 77.12.315; 77.15.240, 245, 440; 77.32.525; 77.32.540   These Washington statutes comprise the state's dog laws.  Among the provisions include vaccination requirements, dog control zones in municipalities, dangerous dog laws, and provisions concerning hunting with dogs.  
WI - Dog, licenses - Chapter 174. Dogs. 174.06. Listing   W. S. A. 174.06   This Wisconsin statute provides that every town, village and city shall annually, by September 1, ascertain by diligent inquiry the dogs owned or kept within the assessment district.  The listing official shall enter in the records for personal property assessments, or in a separate record, all dogs in the district subject to tax, to whom they are assessed, the name, number, sex, spayed or unspayed, neutered or unneutered, breed and color of each dog.  
WV - Dogs - Consolidated Dog Laws   W. Va. Code, 5A-4-4; 7-7-6d; 19-9-1 - 40; 19-20-1 - 26; 19-20A-1 - 8; 19-20B-1 - 6; 19-20C-1 - 3; 20-2-5; 20-2-5f; 20-2-16; 20-2-22a; 20-2-56a   These West Virginia statutes comprise the state's dog laws.  Among the provisions include registration requirements, rabies control, and hunting laws that impact dogs.  
WV - Ordinances - 19-20A-8. Vaccinated dogs and cats may run at large; confinement may be required by the commissioner of agriculture within the limits of any quarantine area or locality; and ordinances or rules may be promulgated by any county commission or municipality relating to the control and management of dogs within the county; providing limited exemption for hunting and farm dogs from county commission or municipality action   W. Va. Code, 19-20A-8   This West Virginia statute provides that dogs or cats vaccinated in compliance with the provisions of this article may run at large in any area or locality unless a county commission or a municipality has adopted and enforced ordinances to prevent dogs from running at large.  The state commissioner of agriculture may also enforce an at large ban when a rabies quarantine is in effect.  However, any county commission or municipality may not adopt any ordinance which purports to keep any vaccinated dog from running at large while engaged in any lawful hunting activity; from running at large while engaged in any lawful training activity; or from running at large while engaged in any lawful herding or other farm related activity.  

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