Michigan dog leash laws should be known by dog owners in Michigan.
Most dog owners in the State of Michigan should be very careful about the way that they let their dogs out and off their leashes in public. Usually, there is not a problem but when there is, it is better to be prepared.
Dog Leash Law
The State of Michigan has a dog leash law that dates back 100 years.
Section 2 of the Michigan Compiled Laws Annotated. Chapter 287. Animal Industry. Dog Law of 1919. 287.262. Licensing and control of dogs; hunting dogs; female dogs in heat; straying dogs provides the following:
- Sec. 2. It shall be unlawful for any person to own any dog 6 months old or over, unless the dog is licensed as hereinafter provided, or to own any dog 6 months old or over that does not at all times wear a collar with a tag approved by the director of agriculture, attached as hereinafter provided, except when engaged in lawful hunting accompanied by its owner or custodian; or for any owner of any female dog to permit the female dog to go beyond the premises of such owner when she is in heat unless the female dog is held properly in leash; or for any person except the owner or authorized agent, to remove any license tag from a dog; or for any owner to allow any dog, except working dogs such as leader dogs, guard dogs, farm dogs, hunting dogs, and other such dogs, when accompanied by their owner or his authorized agent, while actively engaged in activities for which such dogs are trained, to stray unless held properly in leash.
Generally, the law is simple: no dog owner is allowed to have his or her dog stray in public unless leashed properly. There is no room for interpretation in terms of the dog is leashed or not. For practical purposes, the law applies to any area that is not the property of the owner. Hence, once you get out of your house, you are required to have your dog leashed.
Anyone who violates the Michigan dog leash law will be subject to a misdemeanor charge and will have to pay a fine of up to $10,000.
Depending on the City that you are in, there is a length required for dog owners to follow.
In the coming articles, we will explore more about the Michigan dog leash laws.
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