Animal Laws

Animal Code for the City of Russellville
The following information and summarized provisions of the Russellville City Council reflect the basic responsibilities of animal ownership.  Please take a few moments to become more familiar with these regulations that promote animal and public health, safety, and welfare. 

Russellville City Ordinance 1671 (PDF) officially adopts the Russellville Animal Control Code as law. Copies of the code are maintained at City Hall and at the Animal Control Facility.

For More Information
For additional information please visit the animal shelter or call 479-968-1944. You may read the entire summary of basic animal related laws by viewing the ordinance or viewing specific information below.

Ordinance 1671

Section Page(s) Description
Article 1 (PDF)
1-5 In General
Article II (PDF)
5-7 Licensing and Vaccination
Article III (PDF)
7-9 Restraint
Article IV (PDF)
9-10 Cruelty
Article V (PDF)
10-12 Wild Animals
Article VI (PDF)
12-15 Animal Establishments
Article VII (PDF)
15-16 Private Kennels
Article VIII (PDF)
16-18 Impoundment and Adoption
Article IX (PDF)
18-20 Enforcement Penalties
Article X (PDF)
20 Records
Article XI (PDF)
20-24 Livestock
  1. Disturbing the Peace
  2. Humane Care
  3. Public Protection From Dogs
  4. Reporting of Bites
  5. Restraint of Dogs
  6. Sanitation
  7. Vaccinations & Dog Licensing
Disturbing the Peace
It is a public offense for any person to own or harbor an animal in such a manner that the peace and quiet of the public is unreasonably disturbed. Modest changes in animal housing and care can often prevent or reduce noise disturbances.

Tips for Keeping the Peace

The following suggestions may be helpful:
  • Oftentimes dogs bark out of boredom. Owners should ensure that their dogs are made a "part of the family" and are provided with adequate companionship and exercise.
  • Owners should ensure that their dogs are kept within an enclosure, rather than tied, and provided adequate covered shelter. It's often helpful to maintain dogs indoors (house or garage) at night. Dogs should also be provided adequate food and water in secure containers.
  • Owners who plan on being away from home overnight should make arrangements for the care and companionship of their pet.
  • In some cases, professional training or consultation with a veterinarian or canine behaviorist may be helpful.