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Alabama AL ST § 3-1-1 - 29; AL ST § 3-6-1 - 4 Title 3. Animals. Chapter 6. Liability of Owners of Dogs Biting or Injuring Persons http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusalst3_1_1_3_8_1.htm http://www.petloveshack.com/Alabama.html
Alaska AK ST § 03.55.010 - 070 - Title 3. Agriculture and Animals. Chapter 55. Dogs. http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusakst3_55.htm http://www.creatures.com/AK.html
Arizona AZ ST § 11-1001 - 1029 Title 11. Counties. Chapter 7. Intergovernmental Operations. Article 6. Animal Control. http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusazst11_1014.htm http://www.azhumane.org/
Arkansas AR ST 20-19-101 - 408 Chapter 19. Animals. http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusarst20_19_101_408.htm http://www.petloveshack.com/Arkansas.html
California CA FOOD & AG § 30520 Food and Agricultural Code. Division 14. Regulation and Licensing of Dogs.http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stuscacalfoodagcode30501_31683.htm http://www.wonderpuppy.net/cashelters.htm
Colorado CO ST § 13-21-124 Title 13. Courts and Court Procedure. Damages. § 13-21-124. Civil actions against dog owners http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stuscost25_4_601_615.htm http://www.coloradohumane.org/
Connecticut CT ST § 22-327 to § 22-367a Title 22. Agriculture. Domestic Animals. Chapter 435. Dogs and Other Companion Animals. Kennels and Pet Shops http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusctst22_327_367.htm http://www.cthumane.org/site/PageServer
Delaware DE ST TI 7 Pt. I, Ch. 17, SUBCHAPTER I, 1701-25 TITLE 7. http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusdest_t7_ch17_1701_1725.htm http://www.dehumane.org/
District of Columbia Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia http://www.legalaiddc.org/
Florida FL ST § 767.04; FL ST § 767.11; FL ST § 767.13; FL ST § 767.16 Title XLV. Torts. Chapter 767. Damage by Dogs. http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusflst767_04.htm http://www.floridahumanesociety.org/
Georgia GA ST § 4-8-1 - GA ST § 4-8-28 Title 4. Animals. Chapter 8. Dogs. http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusgast4_8_21.htm http://www.petloveshack.com/ge.html
Hawaii HI ST § 143-1 to HI ST § 143-19 - Definitions, Licensing and Tag Provisions, Impoundment and Stray Dog Provisions http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stushist143_1.htm http://www.hawaiianhumane.org/
Idaho ID ST § 25-2801 - 2808 TITLE 25. ANIMALS. CHAPTER 28. DOGS. http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusidst25_2801_2808.htm http://www.idahohumanesociety.com/
Illinois 510 ILCS 5/1 - 26); 510 ILCS 50/2 - 25); (510 ILCS 72/1 - 905) Chapter 510. Animals. Act 5. Animal Control Act. http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusilst510ilcs5_1_72_1.htm http://www.hscipets.org/
Indiana IN ST 15-2.1-6-1 - 15-5-18-4 - Title 15. Agriculture and Animals. http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusinst15_2_1_6_1.htm http://www.indyhumane.org/
Iowa IA ST 351.1 - 351.43 - Dogs and other animals http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusiast351_1_43.htm http://www.hsni.org/
Kansas KS ST § 47-229 - 835 CHAPTER 47.--LIVESTOCK AND DOMESTIC ANIMALS. http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusksst47_229_47_835.htm http://www.kshumane.org/
Kentucky KY ST § 258.095 -350; KY ST § 258.991. Title XXI. Agriculture and Animals. Chapter 258. Animal Control and Protection. http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stuskyst258_095.htm http://www.kyhumane.org/
Louisiana LA R.S. 2451 - 2778 Title 3. Agriculture and Forestry. http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stuslars2451_2778.htm http://www.humanela.org/
Maine ME ST §3901 - 4162 Title 7: AGRICULTURE AND ANIMALS. http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusmest3401_4162.htm http://www.beespetboarding.com/resources.html
Maryland MD Code § 11-501 - Article 24. Political subdivisions --Miscellaneous Provisions. Title 11. Licenses. Subtitle 5. Regulation of Animals. http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusmdcode11_501_514.htm http://www.dogrescue.org//
Massachusetts MA ST 16A - 175 See e.g. Part I. Administration of the Government. Title XX. Public Safety and Good Order. http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusmast136A_175.htm http://www.masshumane.org/
Michigan Michigan Dog Law of 1919 See e.g. § 287.288, Common Law Liability http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusmist287_261_395.htm http://www.michiganhumane.org/site/PageServer
Minnesota Minnesota Pet and Companion Animal Welfare Act http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusmnst346_01_347_56.htm#IV http://www.mnhumane.org/
Mississippi Numerous state codes may apply. See e.g. MS ST § 95-5-19 - 21 Title 95. Torts. Chapter 5. Trespass. http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusmsst41_53_1.htm http://www.hssm.org/
Missouri MO ST 273.010 - 405 Chapter 273. Dogs—Cats. http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusmost273_010_405.htm http://www.hsmo.org/
Montana MT ST 27-1-715 Title 27. Civil Liability, Remedies, and Limitations. Chapter 1. Availability of Remedies – Liability. Part 7. Liability http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusmtst7_23_101.htm http://www.midwestpetfinder.com/montana_shelters.htm
Nebraska NE ST § 54-617 - 624; § 54-625 - 641 CHAPTER 54. LIVESTOCK. ARTICLE 6. DOGS AND CATS. (B) DANGEROUS DOGS. http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusnest54_601_641.htm#dangerous http://www.nehumanesociety.org//
Nevada NV ST 568.370 Title 50. Animals. http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusnvst193_021_568_370.htm http://www.nevadahumanesociety.org/
New Hampshire NH ST § 466:1 - 54; 47:17 Title XLV. Animals. Chapter 466. Dogs and Cats. Dog Control/Restraint Provisions http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusnhst466_1_437A_9.htm#control http://www.nhhumane.org/
New Jersey NJ ST 2C:29-3.1 Title 2A Chapter 19. Dogs, Taxation and Liability for Injuries Caused by. http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusnjst4_19_1_4_19A_17.htm#vicious
New Mexico NMSA 1978, § 77-1-1 - 20 - Chapter 77. Livestock Code. Article 1. Dogs and Domesticated Animals. http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusnmst77_1_1_19.htm http://www.magicyellow.com/category/Animal_Shelters/-State_NM.html
New York New York Agriculture and Markets Law. Chapter 69 Of the Consolidated Laws. Article 7. Licensing, Identification and Control of Dogs. http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusnyagmktslaw106_126.htm#licensing http://www.humanesocietyny.org/
North Carolina N.C.G.S.A. § 67-1 - 36 - Statute 67. Dogs. Article 1. Owner's Liability. http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusncst19A_20_130A_201.htm#bite http://www.magicyellow.com/category/Animal_Shelters/-State_NC.html
North Dakota NDCC 42-03-01 - 04 TITLE 42. NUISANCES. CHAPTER 42-03. DOGS AS PUBLIC NUISANCE. http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusnd23_36_01.htm#s42_03_01 http://www.greenpeople.org/webpage.cfm?linkpage=http://petprojectnd.com&memid=15975&pmtlevel=0
Ohio OOH ST §955 Title 9 Ch. 955 Dogs http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusohst955.htm http://www.hsoac.org/
Oklahoma OK ST T. 4 § 41 - 47 Title 4. Animals. Chapter 3. Dogs and Cats. http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusokt4_41_402.htm http://www.older-dog.com/Oklahoma-Humane-Society-Shelters.htm
Oregon OR ST § 609.010 - 994 Title 48. Animals. Chapter 609. Animal Control; Exotic Animals; Dealers. Dogs. http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusorst433_340_609_994.htm http://www.oregonhumane.org/index.asp
Pennsylvania PA ST 3 P.S. § 459-507 http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stuspa3ps459_502.htm http://www.altoona.net/cphs/
Rhode Island RI ST § 4-13-1.1 Chapter 13. Dogs http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusrist4_13_1_4_19_21.htm http://www.older-dog.com/Rhode-Island-Humane-Society-Shelters.htm
South Carolina Code 1976 § 47. Animals, Livestock and Poultry. Chapter 3. Dogs and Other Domestic Pets. Article 1. Regulation by Counties and Municipalities. http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusscst47_3_10_47_7_170.htm http://www.humanesocietysc.org/
South Dakota SD ST 40-34-1 - 15 http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stussdst40_34_1_40_12_6.htm http://www.sfhumanesociety.com/
Tennessee TN ST §§ 44-17-101 - 505 Title 44. Animals and Animal Husbandry. Chapter 17. Dogs and Cats. http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stustnst44_17_101_505.htm http://www.discoveret.org/smbc/tnrescue.htm
Texas TX Health & Safety Code §§ 822.001 - 100 Title 10. Health and Safety of Animals. Chapter 822. Regulation of Animals. Subchapter A. Dogs That Are a Danger to Persons http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stustxhealthsafetycode822_001_828_015.htm http://www.charleeshouse.org/Resources/ResourcesTX2.htm
Utah UT ST § 18-1-1 - 3 Title 18. Dogs. Chapter 1. Injuries by Dogs. http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusutst10_17_101_26_26_7.htm http://www.utahhumane.org/
Vermont VT ST T. 20 § 3541 - 3805; § 4301 - 4304; § 5001 - 5007; § 4748; § 3511 - 3513 Title 20: Internal Security and Public Safety. Chapter 193: DOMESTIC PET OR WOLF-HYBRID CONTROL. http://www.netpets.org/dogs/dogresc/vermont.htm
Virginia VA ST § 3.1-796.66 - 87 Chapter 27.4. Comprehensive Animal Laws. Article 1. General Provisions. http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stusvast3_1_796_66_89.htm http://www.creatures.com/VA.html
Washington WA ST § 16.08.040 - WA ST 16.08.100 Title 16. Animals and Livestock (Refs & Annos). Chapter 16.08. Dogs (Refs & Annos). 16.08.040. Dog bites—Liability and Dangerous dogs and related provisions. http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stuswast16_08_040.htm http://southwesthumane.org/
West Virginia WV ST § 19-9-1 - 40; § 19-20-1 - 25; §§ 19-20A-2 - 8; Chapter 19. Agriculture. Article 20. Dogs and Cats. http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stuswvst19_9_1_19_20A_8.htm http://www.wvhumane.com/pleasants/
Wisconsin WI ST § 174.001 - 15 Chapter 174. Dogs. http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stuswist174_001_15.htm http://www.wihumane.org/
Wyoming WY ST § 11-31-101 - 108; § 11-31-201 - 214; § 11-31-301 TITLE 11. AGRICULTURE, LIVESTOCK AND OTHER ANIMALS. CHAPTER 31. DOGS AND CATS. ARTICLE 1. IN GENERAL, ARTICLE 3. ANIMALS RUNNING AT LARGE. http://www.animallaw.info/statutes/stuswyst11_31_102_301.htm http://network.bestfriends.org/wyoming/news/1952.html