Town of University Park, MD
Prince George's County
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No person shall keep or permit to be kept on private or public property without first obtaining permission from the Council:
Any chickens, turkeys, geese, guineas, ducks, or pigeons,
Any goats, cattle, horses, or swine,
Any reptile, bird, or wild animal.
No person shall keep any animal in such place or condition as to become a nuisance either because of noise, odor, number or contagious disease.
[Effective 10-10-1977]
Any person owning, keeping or having custody of a dog within the Town limits shall secure and be in control of such animal by means of a leash or lead, not exceeding eight feet in length, except when such animal is on the premises owned or occupied by said person. The Town police or such person who shall be employed or designated by the Mayor and Common Council may apprehend any dog not controlled or secured as provided in this subsection and turn it over to the proper county authorities.
No person owning, keeping or having custody of a dog, except a seeing eye dog, shall allow or permit excrement of such dog to remain on any property within the Town limits other than that owned and/or occupied by said person.
[Effective 3-4-1985]
[Effective 10-10-1977]
No person shall keep any animal without sufficient food or water, sanitary surroundings or protection from the weather. It shall be unlawful for anyone to abandon, beat, abuse, or injure an animal, or to permit animals to fight, or to permit an animal to attack a person.
[Effective 10-10-1977]
Every female dog or cat while in heat shall be kept confined in a building or enclosure so that she will not be in contact with another dog or cat (except for intentional breeding) or create a nuisance.
The Town Police or such person who may be employed or designated by the Mayor and Common Council shall apprehend and have confined for observation any animal which bites a person. The confinement shall be at the owner's or keeper's expense at his choice or animal shelters or veterinary hospitals for a period of 10 consecutive days.
[Effective 12-12-1977]
Any dangerous or vicious animal or an animal with a history of biting people shall be confined within a building or secure enclosure. When removed from confinement, such animal shall be muzzled at all times.
No person shall deposit or bury the body of any dead animal within the Town.
[Revised 4-9-1991]
A violation of any provision of this chapter shall constitute an infraction. A violation of §§ 3-101, 3-103, 3-104, 3-105 and 3-106 shall result in a penalty of $200. A dog at large without its owner, in violation of § 3-102 shall subject the owner to a penalty of $200.