Released on November 10, 2009 - 12:57pm
Jul 20

     The Mayor and City
Council of Laurel would like to remind residents that unregistered Pit
Bull breed of dogs are illegal in Prince George’s County, in accordance
with County Legislation, Section 3-185.01.  Pit Bulls born after
February 3, 1997, are illegal and must be removed from the County. 

    
Since The City of Laurel is entirely within the borders of Prince
George’s County, the laws governing Pit Bulls apply in the City as
well.  Pit Bulls include any and all of the following dogs: 

Staffordshire Bull Terrier breed of dogs 
American Staffordshire Terrier breed of dogs 
American Pit Bull Terrier breed of dogs or dogs that exhibit the
characteristics of a Pit Bull more than any other breed of dog

   
In a July 14, 2009 letter to Prince George’s County Executive Jack
Johnson, Mayor Craig A. Moe advised the County Executive of the
noticeable increase in pit bull terriers within the City of Laurel.
Mayor Moe advised the County Executive that the animals spotted were
leashed, well-behaved, and completely under the handlers control. Mayor
Moe surmised that the increase may be due to an influx of new residents
as a result of County and City programs that demonstrated that Prince
George’s County is a great place to live, work, and play. Mayor Moe
suggested to the County Executive that this may be a good time to
examine the current law to determine how Pit Bull terriers can be
welcomed into their community setting without causing harm to these
same communities.

     Below is the County Code which
is enforced by the City of Laurel’s Animal Warden pertaining to the
three breeds of dogs that are prohibited. If you own or maintain any
unregistered Pit Bull dogs, you must remove the animal from the City
and the County unless the dog has been registered by the County prior
to February 3, 1997. For Pit Bulls owned prior to February 3, 1997,
owners must provide written proof of ownership which could include
rabies certificate, veterinarian bill, or other similar documentation.

    
In accordance with Prince George's County Code, Section 3-185.01,
unregistered Pit Bulls are illegal and must be removed from the County.
If your Pit Bull has been registered, you will continue to receive a
notice from the Prince George's County Animal Management Group to renew
your registration. The registration tag must stay with the dog at all
times. County records will be updated to reflect the renewal of the
registration tag. Should you lose your Pit Bull registration. Prince
George's County legislation does not allow for a duplicate to be
provided.  

    
Section 3-185.01 of the Prince George's County Code requires that
registered Pit Bulls be maintained within a building or secure kennel
at all times and wear the Pit Bull registration tag at all times.

    
Registered Pit Bulls outside of a building or kennel shall be under the
control of an adult and secured by an unbreakable or non-severable
leash. Violations of Section 3-185.01 will result in fines up to $1,000
or a sentence of not more than six months of imprisonment. An owner of
a Pit Bull that causes injury to or kills a human being or a domestic
animal shall be fined up to $1,000 or receive a sentence of not more
than six months imprisonment.

    
For more information please contact the Prince George’s County
Department of Environmental Resources, Animal Management Division at
(301) 499-8300 or to report a Pit bull contact Laurel City Police
Department at 301-498-0092.

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