On March 7, 2023, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors adopted a new section of Chapter 612, Dogs and Other Animals, of the Codified Ordinances of Loudoun County that prohibits ownership of certain exotic and venomous species of animals that present a risk to public health and safety. The new section of Chapter 612 of the Codified Ordinances of Loudoun County prohibits 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, alligators, venomous snakes and other venomous reptiles, and non-native venomous spiders. Loudoun joins other jurisdictions that have similar ordinances, including the Town of Leesburg; Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William counties; the District of Columbia; and jurisdictions in Maryland.
The amended ordinance allows current owners of the animals listed in the ordinance in Loudoun County to keep them but requires that those animals be registered with the county to ensure awareness by first responders in the event of an emergency. The registration period ends May 8, 2023.