DEALING WITH NUISANCE ANIMALS
Dealing With Nuisance Animals
Dogs are prohibited from running at large by section 44-8-408 of the Tennessee Code Annotated. Violations of these sections are Class C misdemeanors and are punishable by up to a $50 fine. In addition, many counties and municipalities have their own ordinances regarding animals at large. In Knox County and the City of Knoxville, for example, it is a violation for both dogs and cats to run at large. A person having a problem with an animal at large should call Animal Control if such an agency exists in their county or municipality. Should there be no animal control, then a person may take the owner of the "at large" animal to court themselves. It is illegal for a person to shoot or poison an animal simply because it is running at large. Probably the best thing to do first in regard to nuisance animals at large is simply try talking to the pet's owner who may not be aware that his or her animal is causing a problem.
Animal Related Ordinances
To obtain a copy of the animal ordinances in your county or municipality contact the county clerk's office or the city recorder's office.