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Posted on: May 3, 2022

Dogs Running at Large

Dogs Running at Large

Amending Louisa County Code Section 14-28-Dogs Not to be Off Owner’s Premises Except When Under Control was approved with amendments at the public hearing on May 2, 2022. The ordinance as shown below will go into effect on July 1, 2022:

Sec. 14-28. Dogs not to be off owner's premises except when under control; enforcement.

     (a) It shall be unlawful for any dog in this county to run at large at any time. It shall be the duty of the animal control officer to enforce the provisions of this section.

     (b) For the purpose of this section, a dog shall be deemed to be “running at large” while roaming or running off the property of its owner or custodian and not under its owner's or custodian's immediate control; provided, that no dog shall be deemed to be running at large in violation of this section if it shall be engaged in lawful hunting or training for hunting under the direction of its owner or custodian and shall thereafter stray from lawful hunting or training for hunting; or if the dog shall be engaged to assist farming activity, which is defined as raising, managing and using agricultural animals to provide food, fiber, or transportation, provided, that such owner or custodian shall place such dog under his immediate control within a reasonable time.

     (c) A violation of this section may result in such dog being taken into possession by the animal control officer and returned to the owner with a written warning.

     (d) A Habitual Offender, three (3) or more violations within two (2) years, will result in a $100 fine.

     (e) A violation within two (2) years of receiving the fine will result in a court summons pursuant to Louisa County Code Sec. 14-51 for an unlawful act that constitutes a Class 4 misdemeanor.  


State law reference(s)—Code of Virginia, § 3.2-6538 and § 3.2-6539.

There have been some concerns related to the dogs running at large ordinance, and many of those questions are addressed through state laws or other processes. Please click the image below to enlarge our list of frequently asked questions. 

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