- Written by Terry Arthur
Guam - The Guam Police Department has issued a release reminding the public that there is a leash law in effect and it will be enforced.
Guam Police Chief Fred Bordallo Jr. encourages residents who notice that their neighbors are not properly restraining their pets, they should contact the Guam Police Department.
Violators may be cited for violating the leash law. The law and the penalties are listed below.
10 GCA HEALTH AND SAFETY CH. 34 KEEPING ANIMALS
§ 34102. Pet License Required.
No person shall own a pet unless it is licensed and wearing a license tag as provided by this Article. This shall not apply to pets under the age of three (3) months, pets in quarantine or pets brought into Guam for a
temporary term not to exceed one (1) month for the exclusive purpose of entering such pets in a show or exhibition.
§ 34116. Dog Running at large, Impoundment, Holding Period, Sterilization and Adoption.
(a) It shall be unlawful for any dog owner to negligently allow a dog owned by him to run at large.
§ 34112. Pet Trespassing on Private Property.
(a) Any person who shall observe a pet to be trespassing on land or premises not owned or possessed by owner of the pet shall report such trespass to the Pet Control Unit.
§ 34110. Immediate Menace.
It shall be lawful for any officer, if there are no other readily available means of bringing the pet under control, to kill any pet that constitutes an immediate menace to any person. The officer shall turn the carcass of the
pet over to the Department as soon as possible for examination as determined by the Director, and compile a written report and submit to the Director describing the event leading to the killing if said pet was licensed.
§ 34122. Wrongful Interference with Officers.
Any person resisting or obstructing an officer in the exercise of his duties as provided in this Article shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and punished as prescribed in § 34124 of this Article.
§ 34124. Penalties.
Violation of § 34122 of this Article shall be punishable by imprisonment not to exceed one (1) year or by a fine not to exceed One Thousand Dollars ($1,000) or both. Violation of any other provision of this Article which provides that certain conduct shall be unlawful shall be punishable by a fine not less than Fifty Dollars ($50), or by imprisonment not to exceed six (6) months, or both.
§ 34125. Penalties for Violation of Articles 1 and 2.
Notwithstanding the penalties created by § 34124, violations of Articles 1 and 2 of this Chapter shall be punished by a fine to be imposed on the pet owner of not less than $25 for the first offense, $50 for a second
offense, and $100 for a third and subsequent offense. The pet owner shall also pay all applicable costs, such as vaccination, licensing and the per diem fee for impoundment.