Animal Control | Parking Enforcement
Animal Control and Parking Enforcement in Laurel is a function of the Laurel Police Department. This section provides a unique concept to the citizens of the City, by combining activities of a law enforcement agency that protects people and their property with a humane organization that protects animals.
The City's Animal Control Officer responds to the following types of calls or complaints:
- Injured animals
- Sick animals
- Vicious animals
- Trapped animals
- Cruelty complaints
- Dead animals
- Nuisance animals or animals running at large
DAYS AND HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday - Friday
9:00am - 5:00pm
Animal Care Facility
Monday - Saturday
9:00am - 4:00pm
Closed Sunday and all Legal Holidays
If you have an animal related emergency during the City's non-business hours, please call Prince George's County Animal Control at 301-780-7200.
The City of Laurel, Municipal Code prohibits animals to run at large. The City enforces its Leash Law. Please keep your animals safe by keeping them under restraint by leash, confined to premises, or under the effective control of the owner at all times.
Licensing of animals is handled through the Prince George's County, Animal Management Group. The law states that "No person shall own, keep or harbor any dog, cat or ferret over the age of four months, unless such dog/cat/ferret is licensed..." (Prince George's County Code, Section 3-145).
Licenses Must Be Obtained Within Thirty (30) Days After Residence Is Established.
The following information must be provided with application:
Copy of current rabies vaccination certificate
Copy of spay/neuter certificate (if applicable)
Check or money order made payable to: "Prince George's County" in appropriate amount
Fee for Dog/Cat/Ferret Licenses are:
- $5.00 for spayed or neutered (altered) pet
- $25.00 for unaltered pet
The application can be downloaded by visiting the Prince George's County Animal Management Group website.
Locations for Purchasing Dog, Cat or Ferret License:
Animal Management Divison
3750 Brown Station Road
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772
Walk-In or Mail-In
(Expect at least two (2) weeks for
processing when mailing in for license)
City of Bowie
2614 Kenhill Drive
Bowie, MD 20715
Walk-In Services Only
City of College Park
4500 Knox Road
College Park, MD 20740
Walk-In Services Only
*Requires rabies certificate
and spay/neuter information
Town of Cheverly
6401 Forest Road
Cheverly, MD 20785
Walk-In Services Only
Pit Bull Registration
Effective February 3, 1997, in accordance with Prince George's County Code, Section 3-185.01, all pit bulls must be registered with the County's Animal Management Group. Pit bulls must have a current Prince George's County dog license and a valid rabies vaccination in order to be registered.
Pit bulls born in Prince George's County after February 3, 1997, are illegal and must be removed from the County. If you have had the dog in your possession and have written proof (copy of rabies certificate, vet bill or similar documentation) that you owned the dog prior to February 3, 1997, you must apply for a dog license and pit bull registration through Prince George's County.
No person owning, keeping or having custody of an animal in the City shall allow the waste to remain in any public place or private property. The owner of such animal could be subject to fines as set forth in the city code for violations of this ordinance.
Clean up after your dog!!! It's the Right Thing To Do!!!
Frequently Asked Questions:
|Is there anything I can do about my neighbor, who allows his/her dog to bark all the time?|
|You may file a telephone complaint with the City of Laurel's Animal Control Officer by calling 301-498-0092.|
|Who do I call if I see dogs running loose?|
|Call the Animal Control Officer at 301-498-0092.|
|How do I find out if my animal has been impounded?|
|If the animal is wearing a current Prince George's County license, rabies tag, other type of license or an identification tag, the owner will be notified by phone. If the animal is not wearing any type of identification it is best for the owners to visit Prince George's County, Animal Shelter. Click this link for directions to the facility, and for other information provided by the county.|
|Where can I purchase a license for my pet?|
|See Licensing Information on this page for information.|
|How much does a pet license cost?|
|Animals that are not spayed or neutered, the fee is $25.00. Animals that are spayed or neutered, the fee is $5.00. (Prices subject to change)|
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The City Animal Control Officer also serves as the City's Parking Enforcement Officer. Parking Enforcement is shared by both the Department of Development Management and the Police Department and it is their responsibility to enforce all parking ordinances of the City.
In all cases of violations, if the officer discovers a vehicle illegally parked, he shall deliver a citation to the operator, or, if the vehicle is found to be unattended, attach a citation to the vehicle in a conspicuous place. The violation of any ordinance which prohibits parking within the city is a misdemeanor, the violation of which shall be subject to a fine of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) unless another sum is specified as a fine for violation of a specific ordinance in which event such other sum provided in such other ordinance shall constitute the amount of the fine. The fine for illegally parking in a Handicapped space is Two-Hundred Fifty Dollars ($250.00).
Payment of Fines
If your vehicle was issued a citation, you have thirty (30) days including weekends and holidays from the date the citation was issued to pay the penalty shown on the ticket. To pay the penalty, mail a check or money order to:
City of Laurel
8103 Sandy Spring Road
Laurel, MD 20707
The department shall impose a late fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for all violations not paid within thirty (30) days following the date of issuance and a request to stand trial has not been made.
If you wish to Stand Trial
If the recipient desires to stand trial for the parking offense, he or she may elect to do so by notifing the police department of his or her intention to stand trial no later than fifteen (15) days after the date of issuance. At the time the notice of intention to stand trial is given, the person receiving the citation must also notify the police department issuing the citation that he or she desires the presence at said trail of the officer who issued the citation. if the person receiving the citation does not notify the police department issuing the citation that he or she desires the presence of the officer at the trial, it shall not be necessary that the officerr appear and the city of the citation bearing the certification of the officer shall be prima facie evidence of the matter therein set forth.
In accordance with procedures established under state law by the chief judge of the district court for the trial of the said offenses, notification of the date, time and place of trial shall be given for a trial date not less than fifteen (15) days from the date on which the notice of intention to stand trial was filed.
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