You’ve probably heard about the Governor of New Jersey recently refusing to sign what he called a “stupid law” requiring dogs and cats to be restrained by a safety harness while riding in a car.
Some no doubt think it’s a great idea, and others will agree with the Governor.
Whatever the case may be, we’ve all heard of some really stupid dog laws in our lifetimes, so I looked up a few, and here they are, in no particular order:
In Barber, NC, it is illegal for dogs and cats to fight! (It’s OK for dogs to fight dogs or cats to fight cats, apparently.)
In Minnesota, it is illegal for cats to chase dogs up a telephone pole (must have some vicious cats there!).
In Illinois it’s against the law to give a lighted cigar to a dog. (I wonder if it’s okay to light one for the dog if he asks?)
Also in Illinois: you can’t make faces at dogs!! (Dang it! I wonder what the punishment would be ’cause I’ve been known to do that?)
That same law exists in Oklahoma. Plus they have this beauty: if dogs wish to gather in groups of 3 or more on private property, they have to get a permit first (LOL).
Here’s a really crazy one, as reported on LawProfessors.Typepad.com:
In Connecticut, any dogs with tattoos must be reported to the police.
Okaaaay! Makes perfect sense to me – any dog that gets a tattoo is probably a disreputable character, and should be watched….
As expected, California also has a few:
You can’t give away puppies. (I guess if the person gives you a penny, then it’s a legal purchase.)
Dogs and cats can’t engage in sexual activities, UNLESS THEY HAVE A PERMIT!! (ROTFL!)
In San Francisco, if you and your pet decide to engage in mass destruction, the fine for detonating a nuclear bomb is $500.00. (No comment!)
In Ohio: your dog can’t pee on a parking meter. (Seems that’s suppressing free speech?)
This one is not about dogs, but I can’t pass this up: in Alaska, you can’t push a live moose out of a moving airplane. (I guess dead ones can be pushed out.)
There are more, but hopefully these stupid dog laws will give you a few chuckles.
Do you know some other stupid dog laws? If so, please share them below