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What do I do if my neighbor letting a pet run at-large?
Attempt to contact the owners of the animal and advised them of the issue.  

If the owner of the animal is not known contact the Prince George's County Animal Management Division at 301-780-7200.
If the animal is acting in an aggressive manner and you think it is a danger to yourself or others, CALL 911.

What do I do about my neighbors barking dog?
As a general rule, the Prince George’s County Police Communication Center 301-352-1200 will not dispatch calls for barking dog complaints. If you do call, tell them you want to see a Cheverly Police Officer in reference to a problem you are having with your neighbor.

With that in mind, the Town of Cheverly asks that if you have such a problem you do the following:

Attempt to contact the owners of the animal and advised them of the issue. (if not in person, a anonymous note in the mailbox) This at least gives the owners a chance to correct the barking.


I have tried speaking to my neighbor but the problem is not resolved. How do I make an Animal Complaint?

If speaking to your neighbor does not work, or if your feel uncomfortable contacting your neighbor, you may choose from the following options:
  • Call the town to report the nuisance barking. Please be prepared to provide the following necessary information: you name, the address of pet owner, a description of the pet (e.g., breed, size, color), and times and dates the barking occurs. Maryland State law protects the caller’s identity, however your identity may be needed should the Code Enforcement Officer need to contact you at a later date. A letter from the Code Enforcement Officer will be sent to the pet owner concerning this nuisance report.
  • Visit City Hall (between 9:00am and 5:00pm) and file an affidavit concerning the barking problem. The Code Enforcement Officer can then issue a municipal infraction to the pet owner. You must be willing to attend a hearing in District Court, if necessary. A copy of your affidavit will be enclosed with the infraction sent to the pet owner.
  • Record dates and times of the problem and request a hearing before the Prince George's County Commission for Animal Control by calling 301-883-6009.

What if people walking their dogs don’t clean-up after their animals?
If you see it happen you could politely ask the dog walker to pick-up the waste. If you know where the owner lives, you can call the Town and a reminder letter will be sent to the owner.


I found someone's pet, what should I do?
If you are comfortable keeping the pet you can contact the town office at 301-773-8360 and we can add the information the the town's cable channel. Please do not place flyers of trees or poles through out the town. This only serves to litter the community.  Also, contact the Prince George's County Animal Management Division at 301-780-7200 and advise them, as most people will likely contact them when their pet is missing. You may also find it useful to contact the Cheverly Animals Blog with a photo and other identifying information.

If you can not keep the animal, contact Prince George's County Animal Management Division at 301-780-7200.


My pet is missing, what should I do?
You may contact the town and have the information added to the town's cable channel. Please do not place flyers of trees or poles through out the town. This only serves to litter the community.

Also, contact Prince George's County Animal Management Division at 301-780-7200.

You may also find it useful to contact the Cheverly Animals Blog with a photo and other identifying information.


Does my animal need a license?  How can I get one?
Prince George’s County requires that all dogs,cats, and ferrets over the age of four months be licensed. License must be obtained 30 days after residency is established. Contact Prince George’s County Animal Control Management Division, License Section, 3750 Brown Station Road, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772, 301-780-7200. A pdf copy of the application may be found here.


What if I think the animal is a pit bull?
Currently, according to Prince George’s County Code, it is illegal to own or harbor a non-registered pit bull in Prince George ’s County. To legally own a pit bull in the county, the dog must have been registered with the Animal Management Division prior to February 3, 1997, and maintain a current pit bull registration. The law also states that if a registered pit bull produces a litter, the puppies are considered illegal and must leave the county. Citizens and residents are prohibited by law from selling or giving away pit bulls in Prince George ’s County.



 
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