Leash Law Enforcement

Leash Law

York County requires all dogs and livestock to be either contained on their own property, on a leash, or under the control of their owners at all times when outside their own property. Domestic animals are not allowed on private property without the property owner's consent.


  • Animals that roam free can get lost or seriously injured. They are also subject to being picked up by Animal Control officers.
  • Animal owners are liable for their pet's actions. You can prevent your animal from becoming a nuisance by keeping it confined to your property, or on a leash and controlled, as required by law. Failure to do so can result in legal or financial problems for you.
  • Violation of York County's leash law can result in a fine of up to $470 plus court costs and the cost of impounding the animal.
For more information, call Animal Control at 803-628-3190.

Related Documents

Amendments to Animal Control Ordinance (Effective 9/3/19)