County Laws & Regulations

Rabies vaccinations are required by law for all cats and dogs over 4 months of age.

Powhatan county dog licenses are required for all dogs over 4 months of age. Any dog found not wearing its county license will be deemed unlicensed, and the owner can be charged.

Limited Ownership

You may own no more than 4 dogs in areas zoned residential. Additional dogs are allowed in areas zoned agricultural and with special kennel licenses available through the Treasurer's Office.
Owner Duties
Duties of every owner of a companion animal include providing all of the following:
  • Adequate food and water
  • Clean shelter
  • Exercise
  • Grooming treatment and care
  • Space
  • Veterinary care
Control Laws
Running at-large is against the law. No dog may be off its owner's property without being under the immediate control if its owner.

Reporting Strays

You are required by law to report to Animal Control any stray companion animal that you have found.

Shooting Animals
Animals may only be shot while actively attacking livestock or showing active signs of rabies.