Lusby, MD asked in Animal / Dog Law for Maryland

Q: Dogs running at large case(no hurt,no bark) MD law:the maximum penalty-30 days jail for the owner.When it can happen?

Dogs get run. Didn’t hurt anyone, didn’t bark. Just run through the neighbor’s yard to the forest. No intention from the owner. “Nice” Neighbour opened cases “dogs at large”, “dogs trespassing”. Surprisingly, maximum penalty for dogs running at large in MD is 30 days jail for the dog’s owner, minimum is 100$. Question: Does a court really can let a decent citizen do 30 days jail for accidentally running dog, never hurt anybody or even bark?

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Scott Scherr
Scott Scherr
  • Towson, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: I seriously doubt you would receive jail time for this. You may want to retain counsel to get the best possible result.

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