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.

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.