Tuesday, July 28, 2009

A Bit O' Law

A quote:

"Noise Ordinance Complaint: A complaint has been made alleging that the dog(s) being kept on this property are barking excessively and causing a disturbance to other residents. Please be aware that code section 10-73.3 of the Henrico County Noise Ordinance provides that it shall be unlawful for "any animal or bird" to cause 'frequent or long continued noise which disturbs any person in the vicinity.' This code is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor with a maximum fine of $2,500 and up to a year in the county jail. It is important that you make an effort to address the problem to avoid court action on this matter."

Basically, this says that if your pets annoy your neighbors you could go to jail for 1 year.

Another quote:

"Animal Care Violation: A complaint has been made alleging that the animal(s) being kept on this property are not being cared for properly. The investigating officer has found that you are in violation of the following requirements of State Code 3.1-796.68:

-Adequate food -Adequate Shelter -Adequate Care/Treatment
-Adequate Water -Adequate Space in Primary Enclosure
-Providing Veterinary Care When Needed

This code is punishable as a Class 4 misdemeanor, with a maximum fine of $250. The investigating officer will follow up to see that corrective action has been taken."

This basically states that putting another animal's life in danger is only punishable with a very small fine.

Does anyone else have a problem with this? Annoying someone can send you to jail, but killing something gives you a tiny fine! All I can say is that's not right!


  1. I know what you mean. I couldn't believe it when I first read that. It annoys the heck out of me too. Why don't we complain to the legislators?

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