Animal Control Rules and Responsibilities (R&Rs)


A person under 18 years of age with a Service Animal is referred to as owner hereafter. 


1. All animal owners are required to have paper vaccination documents reflecting current Rabies Vaccination with vet information. 

2. Non-Service Animals are NOT allowed on or in event vehicles for safety reasons.

3. All animal waste must promptly be picked up regardless of where they defecate and be placed in the closest trash area/bin for health and sanitation reasons.  

4. No animal may be staked out [tied to a stationary item] or left unattended in a tent, pen or a RV/Camper while on site; they must always be under sight/sound supervision or owner control.

5. All non-service animals must be on a leash/lead secured to a collar, harness, or halter and the owner/handler physically holding [in control] the leash/lead when not contained. Handlers, here, are persons given permission to control the non-service animal from its owner (walkers).

5.1. Coursing is an SCA activity where canines can be out of the physical control [loose] of their owners/handlers to run the course and must be placed under control by the owner/handler upon course run completion. Handlers, here, are persons given permission to control the dog from its owner.

6. A Service Animal Owner may have their animal wear specialized gear to identify them as a Service Animal to prevent patrons interfering with it while it is working.

7. Service Animals must be with or in the presence of their owners.

8. Service Animals must be controlled by the person needing them by physically holding a leash attached to a collar, halter/harness, carried in a body sling or tethered to the owner or owner’s disability required device. If the owner’s disability prevents them from physically holding a leash or it interferes with the safe performance of the animal’s trained task, the animal MUST be controlled by voice, signal or other means. Service Animals may be in the care of a handler if need to perform its task, such as an Allergen Alert Service Animal entering a room prior to the person with the disabling allergy condition. Handlers, here, are persons (spouse/significant other/parent) appointed to control a Service Animal for its owner. Retractable leads are permitted for Service Animals as long as it is necessary to the performance of its trained work or task.

9. Service Dogs are the only animals that can entering any building or be in an area on site that their owner goes, including Merchant’s Row and the Food Court.

10. All animals not under the control of their owner/handler must be contained (secured to prevent escape) and be under sight/sound supervision. Food, water and shade (in a turn out pen outdoors) must be available.

11. When contained [inside or outdoors], non-service animals must be kept under sight/sound supervision of someone who can take FULL responsibility for them when the owner is not present. The ability to see or hear a contained non-service animal cannot be hampered. Service Animals must be with or in the presence of their owners.

If you wish to report an incident or dispute a decision, the chain of command for violations and disputes while attending Gulf Wars is: the Watch, Animal Control, and Autocrat.  All owners/handlers and their animals, including Service Animals, are subject to consequences. Incidents are investigated and recorded by Animal Control. (If the Service Animal Owner is under 18, a parent must be present.) 

1. Abused or neglected animals will be reported to appropriate authorities. Animals may be reported if they are considered abandoned, if left unattended, or not under sight/sound supervision in tents, pens, or RVs/Campers while on site.

2. Unacceptable, disruptive or aggressive behavior will not be tolerated from any animal, including Service Animals. This includes uncontrolled barking, jumping on or charging at other people or other animals, growling at other patrons (including staff), and defecating or urinating onto privately owned property (tents, camp gear, etc.) or in the food court or other public or private establishments or buildings. In cases of gross violation (dangerous behavior or injury to a person), owners may be asked to remove their animal from site immediately.

3. All animals that are loose, out of control and there is no effective action taken to control them, it exhibits behaviors that pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others, or the owner/handler cannot control the animal, they may be asked to remove the animal from the premises.

4. If any animal or owner violates any of the listed Rules and Responsibilities, the owner may be asked to remove the animal or leave the event site.

5. If an animal is discovered on site that has not checked-in with Animal Control or cannot meet the event attendance rules, including the site owner’s animal policy, the ADA, the MSAA, site particulars [state, city or local law/state ban], or health requirements, the owner will be asked to remove their animal from site and board it at an off-site shelter at their own expense or asked to leave the event with their animal.