AGENDA ITEM 10
July 11, 2017
Public Hearing
MEMORANDUM
July 7, 2017
TO:
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SUBJECT:
County Council
Amanda Mihill, Legislative Attorney
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Public Hearing:
Bill 21-17, Animal Control - Municipal Dog Exercise Area
Bill 21--1 7, Animal Control - Municipal Dog Exercise Area, sponsored by Lead Sponsor
Councilmember Katz and Co-Sponsors Council President Berliner and Councilmembers Rice and
Eirich, was introduced on June 20, 2017. A Public Safety Committee worksession is tentatively
scheduled for July 17 at 9:30 a.m.
Bill 21-1 7 would allow a dog to be off leash if it is in an area that a municipality has identified as
a dog exercise area and amend the definition of at-large animals.
This packet contains:
Bill 21-17
Legislative Request Report
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Bill No.
21-17
Concerning: Animal Control - Municipal
Dog Exercise Area
Revised:
6/14/2017
Draft No.
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Introduced:
June
20 2017
Expires:
December
20, 2018
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Executive: _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __
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Ch. _ _ , Laws of Mont. Co. _ _ __
COUNTY COUNCIL
FOR MONTGOMERY COUNTY, MARYLAND
Lead Sponsor: Councilmember Katz
Co-Sponsors: Council President Berliner and Councilmembers Rice and Elrich
AN ACT
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allow a dog to be off leash if it is in an area that a municipality has identified as a dog
exercise area;
amend the definition of at-large animals; and
generally amend the County's animal control law.
By amending
Montgomery County Code
Chapter 5, Animal Control
Section 5-101
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The County Council for Montgomery County, Maryland approves the following Act:
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BILL NO. 21-17
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Section 5-101 is amended as follows:
5-101. Definitions.
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this Chapter, the following words and phrases have the following meanings:
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At large:
A dog, except a service animal, is at large if it is outside the owner's
premises and not leashed, unless it is in a dog exercise area designated by either
the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, or
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municipality, or is participating in a qualified activity. Any other animal is at
large if it is outside the owner's premises and is not leashed or immediately
responsive to verbal or non-verbal direction. For purposes of this Chapter or
any other animal control law, the common area of a homeowners' association,
condominium, or cooperative is not the owner's premises.
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Approved:
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Roger Berliner, President, County Council
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Linda M. Lauer, Clerk of the Council
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Isiah Leggett, County Executive
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This is a correct copy ofCouncil action.
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LEGISLATIVE REQUEST REPORT
Bill 21-17
Animal Control
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Municipal Dog Exercise Area
DESCRIPTION:
Bill 16-17 would allow a dog to be off leash if it is in an area that a
municipality has identified as a dog exercise area.
Under current law, a dog is considered "at large" if it is outside the
owners premises and not leashed, unless it is in a dog exercise area
designated by M-NCPPC. Municipalities may want to designate dog
exercise areas within their jurisdictions.
To allow a municipality to designate a dog exercise area.
Animal Control Division in the Department of Police.
To be requested.
To be requested.
To be requested.
To be researched.
Amanda Mihill, Legislative Attorney, 240-777-7815
Applies in municipalities
PROBLEM:
GOALS AND
OBJECTIVES:
COORDINATION:
FISCAL IMPACT:
ECONOMIC
IMPACT:
EVALUATION:
EXPERIENCE
ELSEWHERE:
SOURCE OF
INFORMATION:
APPLICATION
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MUNICIPALITIES:
PENALTIES:
Enforcement procedures are specified in Article III of Chapter 5.
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