Animal Control

Animal Control 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.

About Animal Control

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

Leash Law

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 or confined to premises.


Licensing of animals is handled through the Prince George's County Animal Management Division. 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 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

Please read more information on Pet Licensing page in the City of Laurel.

The application can be downloaded by visiting the Prince George's County Animal Management Division website.

Locations for Purchasing Dog, Cat or Ferret License

View the list of Animal Control resources.

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.

Animal Waste

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!