Local Laws and Regulations

Animal Cruelty Information

Reinforcing our Commitment to Animal Welfare

Leash Law: 
There is a leash law throughout the state of West Virginia which of course includes the city of Huntington and the counties of Cabell and 
Wayne. Any dog that is not leashed is considered to be running at large. 
§ 19-20-13. Dog running at large; liability of owner
Any owner or keeper of any dog who permits such dog to run 
at large shall be liable for any damages inflicted upon the person or property of another by such dog while so running at large. Acts 1925, c. 83, § 5; Acts 1951, c. 69. 

Annual Dog Tax License

Every person owning, keeping, or harboring a dog in the city or county, shall pay taxes on that dog. 

Taxes should be paid on the 15th of July every year. The tax tag shall be attached to the dog's collar at all times.


City of Huntington: 

Leash and Muzzle Laws:

No person shall permit a registered pit bull or wolf-hybrid to go outside its kennel or pen unless such dog is securely leashed with a leash no longer than 6 feet in length. No person shall permit a pit bull or wolf-hybrid to be kept on a chain, rope, or other type of leash outside its kennel or pen unless a person is in physical control of the leash. If the pit bull or wolf-hybrid is leashed outside the kennel or pen, it must be muzzled by a muzzling device sufficient to prevent such dog from biting persons or other animals. 

508.01 In the city of Huntington:
Tethering or attaching dog to a stationary object by means of a chain, rope, tether, cable, or similar restraint is unlawful.

 508.02 It is unlawful for any owner or other person controlling or possessing any dog to tether a dog outdoors without the direct supervision of the animal's guardian. 

505.01 Cruelty to Animals 

A: No person shall cruelly mistreat, abandon, or withhold proper substance, including food, water, shelter, or medical treatment necessary to sustain normal health and fitness or to end suffering or abandon any animal to die, or use, train or possess any domesticated animal for the purpose of seizing, detaining, or maltreating any other domesticated animal. 
B: No person, other than a licensed veterinarian or a person acting under the direction or with the approval of a licensed veterinarian shall knowingly or willfully administer or cause to be administered to any animal participating in any contest a controlled substance or any other drug for the purpose of altering or otherwise affecting such animal's performance. 
C: Any person convicted of a violation of this section shall forfeit his/her interest in any such animal and all interest in such animal shall vest in the humane society or county animal shelter of the county in which the conviction was rendered, and such person shall, in addition to any fine imposed, be liable for any costs incurred or to be incurred by the humane society or county animal shelter as a result. 

Dogs that come into the shelter as strays will be held for a 5 days. The owner has 5 days to claim their dog(s). Upon intake into the shelter, dogs are vaccinated against parvovirus, distemper, and kennel cough to prevent the spread of disease. There is a $50 fee to reclaim a dog. When the owner claims their dog(s) they must pay the reclaim fee and present either a copy or the actual rabies and tax tags. No dog will be given back to the owner until the proper licenses are shown to HCW Animal Control Shelter.

1901 James River Road

Huntington, WV 25701

Phone: (304) 696-5551 
Email: ­hcwanimalcontrolshelter@gmail.com