For Hanover County and The Town of Ashland
- Dog and cat owners must have proof their animals
have been vaccinated against rabies by four months of age
by a licensed veterinarian.
- All dog owners or custodians must have a current
"Hanover County Dog License" or "Kennel License" for all dogs
four months old or older (service dogs are not charged a fee
to obtain a license).
- It is against the law to permit any dog to run-at-large
in Hanover County in any urban service area, areas zoned residential
or anywhere in the Town of Ashland. Dogs are strictly prohibited
to run-at-large within Hanover County during the months of April,
May and June.
- Any dog found without a valid Hanover Dog License
attached to their collar will be deemed "unlicensed" until his
owner can prove otherwise. (Hanover Animal Control will contact
the owner of any animal with identification as soon as possible.)
- Dead animals must be disposed of by their owners,
the property owner, or if found in a roadway, by the Virginia
Department of Transportation, NOT ANIMAL CONTROL. Dead animals
that may have transmitted rabies may be retrieved by Animal Control
to submit for testing.
- Cruelty to animals and fowl is prohibited. This
includes anyone who ill-treats, inflicts injury, abandons, beats,
maims, mutilates or kills any animal or fowl. Animals may only
be shot while attacking livestock or showing active signs of rabies.
- There is a limit to owning only five adult dogs
on any one tax map parcel zoned AR-1 through R-6. (Adult dogs
are twelve months old or older.)
- Any dog deemed "dangerous" will be completely
restricted to ensure public safety and health. Any dog deemed
"vicious" is prohibited in Hanover County and the Town of Ashland.
- The ownership of any animals that fall under
the definition of wild or exotic is prohibited without a permit
issued by the Hanover County Board of Supervisors after a public
- Should your pet be bitten or scratched by a wild
animal, report it as soon as possible to Hanover Communications
at 730-6140. If you see a wild animal acting strangely, report
it to Animal Control. Do not go near the wild animal!
- It is unlawful for anyone to keep any poisonous
or dangerous reptiles.
- Livestock are not permitted to be at-large at
also, the Municipal
Code of the County,
Animals & Fowl (C. 4.1)