Proposed Addition to Chapter 612 of Loudoun County's Ordinances
The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors is considering a new section of Chapter 612 of the Codified Ordinances of Loudoun County that, if adopted, would prohibit private ownership of certain exotic and venomous species of animals that present a risk to public health and safety, such as wolf hybrids, kangaroos, scorpions, baboons, venomous snakes and other venomous reptiles, and non-native venomous spiders. Loudoun County currently does not prohibit the ownership of these animals by ordinance; however, similar ordinances already exist in the Town of Leesburg; Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William counties; the District of Columbia; and jurisdictions in Maryland.
January 2023 Informational Presentation
Loudoun County Animal Services (LCAS) hosted a virtual, informational meeting January 5, 2023. A brief overview of the proposed addition to Chapter 612 was provided.
- View the informational presentation on the proposed addition to Chapter 612 (PDF).
- View a recording of the meeting.
Members of the public who would like to provide comments about the proposed ordinance may do so through an online comment form.
Board of Supervisors Meetings on Proposed Addition to Chapter 612: Public Hearing Scheduled for February 15, 2023
At its January 17, 2023, meeting, the Board of Supervisors forwarded the proposed ordinance changes to the February 15, 2023, public hearing. Documents prepared for the public hearing will be posted in advance. The meeting will be televised on Comcast Government Channel 23 or Verizon Channel 40 and livestreamed at loudoun.gov/meetings.
In December 2022, the Board's Finance, Government Operations and Economic Development Committee took up the proposed changes.
- Read the staff report, including the draft text for the ordinance, prepared for the Finance, Government Operations and Economic Development Committee December 13, 2022,meeting.
- View the December 13, 2022, discussion of the proposed addition to Chapter 612 at the Finance, Government Operations and Economic Development Committee meeting.
In November 2022, the Board of Supervisors’ Animal Advisory Committee voted unanimously to support the staff proposal for a new section of the ordinance, which is being proposed by the Department of Animal Services, whose humane law enforcement officers have encountered venomous animals when responding to routine calls for service. LCAS identified a public safety concern after learning no effective anti-venom is readily available in Loudoun County. Informing the proposed ordinance is LCAS officers’ collective experience investigating complaints involving wolf-hybrids, scorpions, monkeys and venomous snake species, which indicates that exotic and venomous species are present in Loudoun County residential settings.