Dogs and Cats

White Dog Laying on Carpet

By law, dogs and cats over 4 months of age must wear current rabies and pet license tags. The rabies tag issued by your veterinarian is not your County license! For more information about Montgomery County Licensing requirements and to apply for a license, click here.

A leash law is in effect for all Montgomery County. Please don't allow your dog to run free or leave "deposits" on a neighbor's yard or in the greenways. Please pick up after your dog. There are biodegradable bag dispensers in the Gazebo Park; just outside the park at the intersection of Shepherd St. and Fulton St., at the intersection of Shepherd St. and Delaware St.; on Raymond St. just east of Florida St.; on Georgia St. just south of Shepherd St.; and at the intersection of Taylor St. and Brookville Rd.

Our community park (Gazebo Park) has specified hours when resident dogs and their owners may use the park. They are: 8:00am to 9:30am and 5:30pm to 7:00pm only (as of July 8, 2020). The Council has adopted the following policies regarding dogs in our Gazebo Park (amended July 8, 2020):

  • Dog owners are always required to clean up after their dog. Children play in our park, families picnic in our park.
  • There is a limit of two dogs per adult allowed in the park during dog visiting hours
  • Owners must wear masks and practice appropriate social distancing
  • No more than 6 dogs may be in the park at any one time during the above hours, and each must be accompanied by its owner (no more than 2 dogs per owner) 
  • Please limit visits to 15 minutes if someone else is waiting to use the park
  • Owners are legally and financially responsible for any damage or injury inflicted by their dogs.
  • Owners are asked to prevent their dogs from barking a great deal, particularly in the early morning hours.
  • We ask that owners treat the park as if it were their own back yard, with care and consideration. If it has rained, please walk your dog elsewhere instead of tearing up the sod.
  • We reserve the right to ask owners with dogs who bite and/or fight too much with other dogs to remove their dogs from the park permanently.
  • There is a no trespassing law in the County for all dogs and cats, which means that unless you have permission from your neighbor, your animal cannot go on another's property. For outdoor cats, this is more a problem than for dogs who are supposed to be leashed anyway. If an animal is on someone's private property, they can legally capture or trap the animal and take it to the Montgomery County Animal Shelter. If the animal is trespassing, you may get a warning or a $100 fine and if it's the second offense, a $500 fine! So please be careful with your animals and contact the Village Manager if you have a missing pet before you call the Montgomery County Animal Services. Also check the Lost and Found Animals of Maryland Facebook page.