Symphony Park pet owners must be registered with the Symphony Park HOA by completing the form below:
Please submit your completed Pet Registration form to:
Symphony Park Homeowners Association
c/o Community Management Corporation
11300 Rockville Pike, Suite 907
North Bethesda, MD 20852
In addition, pet owners are expected to comply with ALL Montgomery County Animal Control Laws. For information on Montgomery County pet ownership laws, click here.
Reporting Animal Complaints
To report urgent and non-urgent animal complaints to the Animal Services Division of the Montgomery County Police, please call the Police non-emergency number at 301.279.8000. Examples include animal attacks, cruelty or neglect, at large dogs, wildlife in plain sight inside the living space of a home, stray animals, injured animals, barking dogs (where there is no concern for the immediate welfare of the animal) defecation complaints, and odor complaints.
“Pooper Scooper” Law
Please be aware that Montgomery County has a “pooper scooper” law (Montgomery County Code, Sec. 5-203(a)(2). If your dog does his business anywhere other than your yard, then you have to pick it up or risk getting a $100 fine. The poop can be placed in a plastic bag—as long as this bag is then placed inside another plastic bag it’s acceptable to put it in your regular household trash. Montgomery County Penalty for Violation: $100
Vaccination and Licensing Requirements
In Montgomery County, all dogs and cats regardless of age must have a license and all dogs and cats four months and up must be vaccinated. The tag your vet gives you after vaccinating your pet for rabies does not count a license. Penalty for Violation of vaccination laws: $500. Montgomery County Penalty: $100.
Animal At Large Law
It doesn’t matter how nice and well-behaved Fido is, your dog or cat must be on a leash. The Animal At Large law states that a dog is considered at large if it is outside the owner’s premises and not leashed. A cat is considered at large if it is outside the owner’s premises and not leashed. The common areas of Symphony Park are not considered an owner’s property. The penalty for allowing your pet to be “at large” is $100 for the first offense and $500 for subsequent offenses. Montgomery County Penalty for Violation: $100 for first offense, $500 for each subsequent violation.
The pet owner must prevent unwelcome or unsolicited threatening physical contact or close proximity to a person or a domestic animal that occurs outside the owner’s property that may cause alarm in a reasonable person, such as biting, chasing, tracking, inhibiting movement, or jumping. Montgomery County Penalty for violation: $500.
An owner must not allow an animal to cause noise that is loud enough and persistent enough to disturb another person’s quiet enjoyment. Montgomery County Penalty for Violation: $100.
To report an animal bite or a violation of animal control laws, call the Animal Services Division at 301-279-8000. For additional information on county pet laws, visit Montgomery County Department of Police, Animal Services Division here.