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Little Rock and North Little Rock Residents

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Great News for Little Rock and North Little Rock's Dogs!

On October 7, 2003, the Little Rock City Board of Directors unanimously approved a new Dog Ordinance, effective as of November 7, 2003.

Included in this ordinance is a ban on fixed-point chaining. Little Rock residents can no longer chain a dog to a tree or other stationary object. The minimum requirement for chaining is to install a trolley system that meets certain specifications. The trolley must be built to allow access to the maximum available exercise area. There are also new specifications on the size of dog pens. Read the ordinance.

The new Dog Ordinance requires that people provide their dog with clean, fresh water in a receptacle that won’t tip over, and to provide enough food to maintain an adequate level of nutrition for the dog.

Doghouses must be structurally sound, waterproof and windproof; they must protect dogs from temperature extremes; they must provide adequate ventilation and drainage; and the dogs’ shelter and other accessible area must minimize the risk of the dog contracting disease or parasites.

Download a brochure about Little Rock's new Dog Ordinance (PDF file). You may also pick up brochures at Little Rock Animal Services, (501) 376-3067. If you want a quantity of brochures, drop us a note and we will mail you some.


In fall of 2006, North Little Rock passed a law stating that dogs may not be chained at all between the hours of 10:00 pm and 6:00 am. During the day, dogs may be tethered to a trolley if it meets certain conditions. Read the ordinance or download a brochure about North Little Rock's law.

Reporting Violations

If you see violations in Little Rock, report it to Little Rock Animal Services at (501) 376-3067. Reports may be made anonymously. If the situation is not resolved, call back as often as you think is necessary.

If you see violations in North Little Rock, report it to North Little Rock Animal Control at (501) 791-8577. Reports may be made anonymously. If the situation is not resolved, call back as often as you think is necessary.


Local Spay/Neuter Resources

Thanks to CARE, Central Arkansas Rescue Effort, Little Rock residents now have access to free and low-cost pet sterilization.

FREE sterilization clinics are held at Little Rock Animal Services once a month for individuals who make less than $17,200 a year or to families with an income less than $25,000 per year. Proof of income may be required. Contact CARE by e-mail or phone at (501) 603-CARE for more details. You may also contact Little Rock Animal Services at 376-3067 to inquire about the free clinics.

CARE also offers low-cost sterilization for people of all income levels. If you are interested in scheduling a low-cost sterilization for a cat or dog, contact CARE and leave a message for someone to call you back.


Local Animal Rescue Organizations - Last Chance Arkansas posts photographs of dogs and cats in urgent need of rescue at Little Rock Animal Services. LRAS has to euthanize thousands of healthy cats and dogs every year due to pet overpopulation. You can save a life by adopting an animal from death row at LRAS.

The following are the Web sites for local volunteer organizations that rescue and find homes for cats and dogs. If you need to find a new home for a cat or dog, most of these sites will post a photo for you:


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