Baltimore, MD Pet Licensing

Cynthia Fernandez filed this request with the Baltimore City Law Department of Baltimore, MD.
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From: Cynthia Fernandez

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to Maryland's Public Information Act ("PIA"), I hereby request the following records:

Any and all available dog licensing and registration data for animals within Baltimore, MD.

Please include all available segregable data, including but not limited to:

• the type of animal
• the breed of the pet
• the pet's date of birth
• the pet's name
• the owner's address or applicable zip code
• any other available notes

Also, I am requesting that the data be sent in Excel format.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.


Cynthia Fernandez

From: Baltimore City Law Department

Ms. Fernandez

In your email to the Baltimore City Law Department, below, you requested certain data relating to dog licenses in Baltimore City. The Maryland Public Information Act ("PIA"), Maryland Code, General Provisions ("GP"), Sections 4-101 et seq. governs your request.

A request for public information under the PIA must be submitted to an agency's custodian of public records. GP § 4-202(a). Each governmental agency, including each Baltimore City agency, is the custodian of its own records. See Baltimore City Code, Art. 1 § 10-1. This response is on behalf of the Law Department, which is not the custodian of the records you have requested. If such records exist, they would likely be in the custody and control of the Baltimore City Health Department ("BCHD") or at BARCS. You may direct your request to BCHD by contacting Mona Rock at<> or 1001 E. Fayette Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202.

Nothing in this response is intended to indicate that records sought from City agencies exist or to waive any privileges held by the Mayor and City Council. You may contest this response by filing a complaint in Circuit Court pursuant to GP section 4-362.


Department of Law

Benjamin A. Bor
Special Assistant Solicitor, Litigation
Baltimore City Department of Law

100 N. Holliday Street, Suite 101
Baltimore, MD 21202<>

Office: (410) 396-3012
Fax: (410) 547-1025

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