Sacramento Area Leash Laws
9.44.220 Prohibited conduct.
No owner of any animal, wild or domestic, except the domestic cat,
shall permit or suffer such animal to do any of the following things:
A. Be at large. The definition of "at large" is set forth in Section
9.44.020 of this chapter.
B. Trespass unlawfully on public property closed to the public at
large, or upon any private property without consent of the owner of the
C. Habitually make loud noise or act in such other manner as to
constitute a public nuisance.
D. Defecate upon public property, or upon the private property of
another, unless the owner immediately removes the feces and properly
disposes of the feces by placing it in a closed or sealed container and
depositing it in a trash receptacle. This subsection shall not apply to
guide dogs, service dogs or signal dogs as defined in Section 54.1 of
the California Civil Code. This subsection does not authorize any person
to enter upon the private property of another without permission. (Prior
code § 6.04.040)
At Large. An animal is "at large" in the following situations:
1. When it is off the premises of its owner, and not under restraint by
leash, tether or adequate enclosure.
2. When it is on the premises of its owner and not restrained by leash,
tether, fence or adequate enclosure, or not under the control and in the
immediate presence of the owner.
3. The leash or tether required under subsections 1 and 2 of this
definition shall not exceed eight feet in length and shall be of
sufficient strength to restrain the animal should it try to run from the
owner or keeper.
4. The following exceptions shall apply to the provisions of
subsections 1, 2 and 3 of this definition:
a. A dog shall not be considered to be at large if it is enrolled in
and actually participating in a dog training or obedience class,
exhibition or competition conducted by an organization on private or
public property with the permission of the owner or operator of the
grounds or facility.
b. A dog shall not be considered at large if it is assisting a peace
officer who is engaged in law enforcement duties.
c. A dog or swine shall not be considered at large if the dog or swine
is unleashed but has not strayed from and is upon private property of
the owner or keeper.
The Sacramento County document titled Animals (Title 8)
contains lots of information (43 pages) and covers every aspect of
animal control, including rabies, permits, vicious animals, and cats.
The section below (8.08.056) is information pertaining to dogs
Definition of AT LARGE: "At large" means an
animal off the premises of its owner and either: a) not under the
control and in the immediate presence of the owner, or b) if a dog or a
cat, not under physical restraint. (SCC 0815 § 2, 1990; SCC 304 § 4,
1977; Ord. 1053 § 7, 1969).
8.08.056 DOGS AT LARGE.
No person shall permit or suffer a dog to stray from
private property owned or legally possessed by the dog owner or the
person who has a right to control the dog unless the dog is restrained
by a leash or lead not exceeding eight feet in length, except in the
1) When the dog is assisting a peace officer who is
engaged in law enforcement duties or when the dog is participating in a
search and rescue effort at the specific request of a law enforcement
2) When the dog is enrolled in and actually
participating in a dog training or obedience course, exhibition, or
competition conducted by an organization or private or public property
with the permission of the owner or operator of the grounds or
3) When the dog is assisting the owner of person in
charge of livestock in the herding or control of such livestock; or
4) When the dog is accompanying and under the direction
of a person engaged in hunting on land which is within a restricted
shooting district as defined in Section 9.40.060 of the Sacramento
If you get a citation for having your dog off-leash in a county park
you'll be written up for violating ordinance 9.36.061:
9.36.061 - Animals.
No person shall:
a. Hunt, molest, harm, poison, frighten, kill, trap,
chase, tease, shoot, or throw missiles at any animal within the
boundaries of any park facility, nor remove nor have in his possession
the young, eggs, or nest of any such creature.
b. Abandon any animal, dead or alive, within any park
c. Remove any animal not his/her own within any park
d. Bring into any park facility any dog, cat, or other
animal except a horse, unless such an animal at all times is kept on a
leash of sufficient strength and durability that it cannot be broken by
the animal so leashed, and no longer than six feet in length, except
that all dogs, cats, or other animals shall be prohibited at all times
in or upon any area designated as a nature study area, horse trail, or
e. Permit cattle, sheep, goats, horses, or other
domestic animals to graze within park boundaries.
f. A violation of any of these provisions is punishable
1. A first violation is an infraction.
2. A second or subsequent violation of the same
provisions committed within thirty days of the previous violation shall
be a misdemeanor.