2017 Maryland Code
Criminal Law
Title 10 - Crimes Against Public Health, Conduct, and Sensibilities
Subtitle 6 - Crimes Relating to Animals
§ 10-623. Leaving dogs outside and unattended by use of restraints

  • (a) Definitions. --
    • (1) In this section the following words have the meanings indicated.
    • (2) "Collar" means a device constructed of nylon, leather, or similar material specifically designed to be used around the neck of a dog.
    • (3) "Restraint" means a chain, rope, tether, leash, cable, or other device that attaches a dog to a stationary object or trolley system.
  • (b) Prohibited. -- A person may not leave a dog outside and unattended by use of a restraint:
    • (1) that unreasonably limits the movement of the dog;
    • (2) that uses a collar that:
      • (i) is made primarily of metal; or
      • (ii) is not at least as large as the circumference of the dog's neck plus 1 inch;
    • (3) that restricts the access of the dog to suitable and sufficient clean water or appropriate shelter;
    • (4) in unsafe or unsanitary conditions; or
    • (5) that causes injury to the dog.
  • (c) Penalties. -- A person who violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and on conviction is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 90 days or a fine not exceeding $ 1,000 or both.
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