Crazy Animal Laws You Won't Believe

As an animal lover and a pet owner, I understand and appreciate the need for laws that protect our furry friends since they cannot make laws to defend themselves. However, I recently came across some absolutely outrageous laws that deal with our four legged companions.

My discovery for some of the more outlandish laws ever came about when I was trying to find if there was a local ordinance on cleaning up after your pet. It seems like once a week I am stuck with a "surprise" from one of my inconsiderate neighbor's German Shepherds. I considered purchasing the neighbor a Pooper Scooper for Christmas, but decided that would too bold.

Instead, I decided to save a few bucks and print out the local laws dealing with Dog Waste Disposal in my area. To my surprise, I found that my neighbor was violating a local city ordinance, punishable by a $150 fine, every time he failed to clean up after his pooches. I promptly printed this ordinance out, highlighted the pertinent information and stuck it in his mailbox. So far, I have yet to see a dropping in my yard since delivering the letter. Even better, I have come up with a short list of some of the more interesting laws regarding animals.

10 Crazy Animal Laws You've Never Heard Of

  1. In Minnesota, it is forbidden for a resident to cross stateliness with a duck atop his head.
  2. In a small town in Ohio, a police officer is allowed to bite any dog to quiet it.
  3. No one in Atlanta, Georgia is allowed to tie a giraffe to a streetlight or telephone pole.
  4. Cats must wear three bells in Creskill, New Jersey to warn birds of their whereabouts.
  5. In Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, any garbage that is fed to a hog must be cooked beforehand.
  6. All horse-drawn carriages in Washington D.C. must have brakes.
  7. Alligators cannot be kept in bathtubs in Arkansas.
  8. In Delaware, it is illegal for pets to mate publicly if they are within 1,500 ft of a tavern.
  9. In Indiana it is a misdemeanor to dye the hair color of a rabbit.
  10. In Georgia it is forbidden to give away goldfish as a prize for bingo.

Of course it is impossible to know if any of these laws are regularly enforced, although it would be interesting to see a man tie his giraffe up in downtown Atlanta, but the list is humorous nonetheless.

If you know of any wacky animal laws in your area, share it with us on our Facebook. It's always fun to hear about wacky rules in our country.

By Sean Bowes
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