In Jefferson County, it is unlawful to harbor a female dog in heat / season unless the dog is confined during such time in a house, building or secure enclosure so the dog does not create a neighborhood nuisance. A dog owner commits a Class II petty offense if he or she does not comply with this regulation.
Female dogs that have not been spayed can be expected to come into heat twice each year, and each cycle lasts about three weeks. During this time, the female dog must be properly confined.
Visit the Animal Control webpages for more information.