Frequently Asked Questions
It is unlawful for any person who has custody or ownership of a dog, to allow the dog to stray in or on any lot or land, whether public or private, other than that of the owner.
For you and your dog to be lawful, your dog must perform under the immediate direction and control of the person responsible for the dog.
Steps for solving:
1. Communicate with the dog owner when possible. Often, you will find, that he or she may be willing to solve the issue amicably.
2. After speaking with the owner, if the dog continues to run at large, or you don't know who owns the dog, you have several options.
- Safely transport the dog to Douglas County Animal Services at 921 Dump Rd.
- Contact Douglas County Dispatch at (775) 782-5126 to arrange for an officer to impound the dog. If impounded, redemption fees and fines will be charged to the dog owner.
- If you prefer to hold onto the dog until the owner calls looking for it, contact Douglas County Animal Services to file a found dog report. Once the owner calls in, we will inform them that their dog has been found, and is safe with you.
3. If the violation continues, you may contact an Animal Services Officer to file a witness statement. Your statement will be forwarded to the District Attorney's office for review and possible prosecution for dog at large. It is important that your statement is thorough and honest, as you are signing this document under penalty of perjury. Please provide photos and/or video of the dog running at large when possible.
1. We recommend that you begin by speaking with the dog owner about your concerns and try to come up with a solution. Oftentimes, the owners are not home during the barking episodes and are completely unaware that a problem exists.
2. If you are uncomfortable speaking with the dog owner, or the problem has not been resolved after communicating with the dog owner, you may call Animal Services at (775) 782-9061, to file a complaint.
3. If the violation continues after an Animal Services Officer has made contact with the dog owner, we ask that you, as the witness, document the barking for two weeks. A barking log will be given to you by the Animal Services Officer. No summons and complaint shall be issued for a barking violation unless there are at least two or more complaining witnesses from separate households who have submitted a two week log to Animal Services.
Title 6.16.040 - It is unlawful for any owner, lessee or renter to hold, keep or maintain or permit the holding, keeping or maintenance of a total of more than three dogs over the age of four months:
A. On the premesis of a residence; or
B. On the premesis of a business other than a veterinary clinic or veterinary hosptal;
C. At any other location within a fenced enclosure; or
D. Unless it is a licensed dog kennel, dog fancier/breeder kennel, dog rescue kennel, pet service or pet shop, or an organized day event for dogs.
E. This section does not apply to working or welfare dogs. "Working dog" is a dog regularly, actively engaged in herding, the protection of livestock or farm animals, drawing heavy loads, or activities in connection with farming or agriculture and that may be housed, kept, or left in an area zoned for livestock. "Welfare dog" is a dog held by animal control for adoption that is temporarily boarded at a residence subject to approval from animal control.