Restraint and the Law

Definitions:

“At Large”-means dogs off the premises of the owner and not under the control of either the owner or a person authorized by the owner.

“Under Control”-means the voice, signal or physical control so as to be restrained from approaching a bystander, from entering private property and from causing damage to property. An animal is presumed not to have been under control if injury, damage or trespass has occurred.

“Restraint”-means any dog secured by a leash or a lead under the control of a responsible person and obedient to the person’s commands or under competent voice control. Dogs in open pickup beds shall be restrained so as to prevent jumping or falling from the vehicle any time the vehicle is in motion on public roads at more than 25 MPH, or parked and unattended in a public area. This may include a dog box or crate.

Dog owners may be fined up to $150.00 per incident of violation.

Cats are not regulated or required to be under control.