Animal Safety Winter Storm Alerts

Winter at Swann Farm


When the National Weather Service issues a WINTER STORM WARNING for Calvert County. From the announcement until the expiration of the official warning the following are required to be provided by animal owners or custodians:

  • Dogs and cats should be brought inside. If a dog or cat is left outside they must have free access to a solid structure that is heated or is set against the prevailing winds and allows the dog or cat to maintain their core body temperature. 
  • Livestock and farm animals should have free access to protection from the weather that allows maintenance of core body temperature
  • Livestock and farm owners should provide access to additional food to allow animals to recover from the loss of additional calories
  • All animals outdoors must be continually monitored for signs of distress
  • All animals must have access to clean unfrozen water at all times
  • Any person in violation of the requirements set forth in this alert may be subject to enforcement which could include fines up to $1,000 or 30 days in jail. 

Report any concerns to Calvert County Animal Control at 410-535-1600 ex.2526 or 410-535-3491.

Pursuant to Chapter 7. Animals, Article I. Cruelty; Abuse and Neglect - During periods of extreme weather additional requirements may be put in place to protect the health and welfare of animals Calvert County.