Animal Control - Dogs

Multiple Dogs Town Dog Ordinances

Responsible pet ownership makes for a safer community.  The Town of Berryville has specific ordinances which all dog owners must follow:

  • No household may keep or maintain more than FOUR dogs over the age of four months (sec 4-2).
  • No dog may run at large within Town limits (sec 4-21).
  • All dog owners are required to obtain and display a license issued by Clarke County upon their dog (sec 4-22, 4-23).
  • All dogs are required to be on a leash or otherwise confined to their property (sec 4-24).
  • It is unlawful to allow dogs to defecate upon public property and not remove waste (sec 4-26).

Safety Tips

  • Never run from a dog, they instinctively want to chase.
  • Don't scream; speak calmly and firmly.
  • Face the dog at all times, but do not stare.
  • Never leave small children unsupervised around a dog.
  • Check fencing regularly to ensure dog remains within your property area.

Dog Bites

  • Approximately 4.7 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year.
  • Small children and the elderly are the most frequent victims
  • Nearly 25% of those bitten require medical attention.
  • Most frequently, dog bites occur in the homes of the victim's family or friends.

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