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Posted on: May 8, 2020

Leashed and Licensed in Laramie

Dog On Leash


City of Laramie Municipal Code requires pets to be kept on a leash at all times when on public property. While enjoying one of the many City parks and/or multi-use paths, be sure your furry companion is under your control by way of leash. The intent of this ordinance is not only to protect the health and safety of the public, but to protect your pet as well. The advantages of leashing your pet far outweigh the potential consequences of not. It’s also considerate of your neighbors. By being a good neighbor, you are helping out yourself, the community and your pet. Here are just a few good reasons to keep your pet leashed while enjoying the great outdoors.

  1. It’s a great good neighbor policy, preventing your pet from trespassing on the neighbor’s property during your outing. It also keeps them from being impulsive and jumping on people you encounter, ensuring your pet has an opportunity to be properly introduced.
  2. It shows consideration to those who are fearful of dogs and other pets. Sure, you think your pet is adorable and lots of people ask to pet them. But for people who don’t like dogs or other animals, this can be a particularly scary experience to see them just walking loosely nearby. And if they’re the friendly type who enjoys hopping on random people, it has made a nervous situation into absolute terror.
  3. Pets on the loose can and will ignore you saying their name. Calling a loose animal’s name rarely will make them stop what they’re doing. Usually, they only stop once the owner restrains them.
  4. Walking your pet on a leash helps prevent the spread of disease. It is less likely they will be exposed to Parvo, Distemper, or other transmissible animal diseases. A leashed pet can be more easily restrained from sniffing the droppings of other animals than those running free.
  5. A leash protects your pet from traffic and unrestrained animals. Accidents or animal bites are greatly reduced when responsible pet owners obey the leash law. No matter how well you know your pet, they can be impulsive and act without warning.
  6. Leashes and tags are a great identification tool. It shows that the pet has an owner and that they have been properly vaccinated. It also enables anyone who sees the leash and identification tag attached to their collar to locate you if you and your pet should become separated.
  7. It’s a great relief to wildlife, leashes help keep your pet from terrorizing squirrels, deer, and other wildlife.
  8. Lastly, but most importantly, it’s the law! The law is in place to protect other members of the public and your pet from injury.

Title 6 – ANIMALS, Chapter 6.04 - DEFINITIONS

6.04.060 – At large.

A.  "At large" includes any animal which is off the premises of the owner upon public or private property without permission of the property owner. Dogs, cats and potbellied pigs are not at large when they are under control by means of a leash (less than ten feet long with strength proportionate to that of the animal attached) held by a person capable of managing the animal.


Chapter 6.08 - LICENSES

6.08.010 - Generally.

It is unlawful for any person to keep any dog, cat, or ferret for which a valid license has not been attained and which is more than one hundred twenty days of age. The owner of a dog, cat or ferret shall, immediately after the animal has attained the age of one hundred twenty days, license the dog, cat or ferret with the city. Each license issued to a dog, cat or ferret shall be valid for one calendar year. The owner shall present a current certificate of rabies vaccination signed by a licensed veterinarian before being issued a license for the dog, cat or ferret.

(Ord. No. 1612, 10-18-2011)


6.28.040 - Seizure and impoundment—Generally—Authorizing care.

A.  The animal control officer may seize and impound an animal at large or an animal which has committed an act which is defined as a nuisance in Chapter 6.04 in the presence of an animal control officer or an allegation of having bitten a human, with the exception of entry into buildings meant for human occupancy or residences.

6.28.070 - Same—Citation in lieu of.

The animal control officer is authorized to issue citations to the owner or keeper of any animal found to be in violation of this title or person found to commit other violations of this title, in addition to or in lieu of impoundment of the animal.

(Ord. No. 1612, 10-18-2011)

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