Harford County, MD
 
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§ 64-18 Abuse of animals.

A. 
No person shall overdrive, overload, deprive of necessary sustenance, torture, cruelly beat, mutilate or cruelly kill nor cause, procure or authorize these acts nor, having the charge or custody of the animal, either as owner or otherwise, inflict unnecessary suffering or pain upon the animal or unnecessarily fail to provide the animal with nutritious food in sufficient quantities, necessary veterinary care, proper drink, air, space, shelter or protection from the weather.
B. 
No one within the boundaries of Harford County may own, keep or use any dog, cock or other animal for the purpose of fighting, baiting or serving as a target. No person may knowingly permit any building, shed, room, yard or other premises to be used for the purpose of exhibiting or housing the fighting, baiting or use as a target any dog, cock or other animal. No person shall attend any exhibition of dogs, cocks or other animals for the purpose of fighting, baiting or serving as a target, nor shall such person knowingly be present at such time as preparations are made for such an exhibition. All animals, equipment, devices and money involved in a violation of this Article shall be forfeited to the County. The Sheriff has the responsibility for recording information for purposes of surveillance and conducting an investigation when determined to be appropriate with regard to enforcement of this Article. The Sheriff shall impound animals after a raid.
[Amended by Bill No. 15-011]

§ 64-19 Abandonment of animals.

No person shall abandon any animal on property within the boundaries of Harford County.

§ 64-20 Animals in vehicles.

[Amended by Bill No. 15-011]
A. 
No person shall leave any animal unattended in a motor vehicle when the temperature outside exceeds 80° F., except the Sheriff, a state or local police K-9 officer who is especially equipped with a vehicle that is used for animal transport.
B. 
Any law enforcement officer or agent of the Humane Society of Harford County, Inc., who determines that an animal has been left in a motor vehicle in violation of this Article shall have the right to take such reasonable steps to free the animal from the vehicle as he deems necessary to protect the animal from serious injury or death.

§ 64-21 Sale of poultry or rabbits.

[Amended by Bill No. 91-62]
A. 
Except as provided in Subsection B of this section, poultry or rabbits less than 8 weeks of age may not be sold in quantities of less than 25 per purchaser.
[Amended by Bill No. 15-011]
B. 
This section does not apply to poultry or rabbits:
(1) 
Raised by participants in a youth group exhibit or youth group project, if the poultry or rabbits are raised for the purpose of the exhibit or project; or
(2) 
Purchased by a person engaged in the practice of agriculture.
C. 
For the purposes of this section, "agriculture" has the meaning stated in § 267-4 of this Code.

§ 64-22 Control of dog waste and other nuisances.

A. 
No owner of a dog shall allow it to soil, defile, defecate upon or commit any other nuisance upon any public property or upon private property.
B. 
The owner must take immediate steps to eliminate any such nuisance, including feces caused by the dog, in an appropriate and sanitary manner.

§ 64-23 Animals as prizes.

No person shall give away any live animal, fish, amphibian, reptile or bird as a prize or as an inducement to enter into any business agreement whereby the offer was for the purpose of attracting trade.

§ 64-24 Care of sheltered dogs and cats.

A. 
Any dog or cat which is kept outside or in an unheated enclosure shall be provided with:
(1) 
A moisture-proof structure, made of durable building material with no metal interior surface, which shall be suitable in size to accommodate the dog or cat and to allow for the retention of body heat, shall include a solid floor raised at least 4 inches off the ground, shall have an entrance covered by a suitable covering or be designed in such a way as to prevent the elements from blowing directly into the shelter.
[Amended by Bill No. 15-011]
(2) 
A sufficient quantity of bedding material suitable to provide insulation and protection against cold and dampness and to promote the retention of body heat.
(3) 
A sufficient supply of food and potable water for daily consumption.
B. 
The provisions of Subsection A(2) shall be suspended during the months of May through September.

§ 64-25 Tethered animals.

[Amended by Bill No. 15-011]
Any chain, rope or other restraining line used to tether any animal shall be of sufficient length to permit the animal to exercise and shall, in no event, be less than 15 feet in length with a swivel at both ends.