City of Hudson, NY
Columbia County
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[Adopted 4-28-1983 by L.L. 2-1983 (Ch. 31, Art. IV, of the 1973 Code)]

§ 70-1 Purpose.

The purpose of this article shall be to preserve public peace and good order in the City of Hudson and to promote the public health, safety and welfare of its people, by enforcing regulations and restrictions on the activities of dogs that are consistent with the rights and privileges of dog owners and the rights and privileges of other citizens of the City of Hudson.

§ 70-2 Definitions.

As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
AT LARGE
An unleashed dog off the premises of the owner.
DOG
Both male and female dogs.
DOG CONTROL OFFICER
A person or persons appointed by the City of Hudson for the purpose of enforcing this article.
[Amended 4-20-2004 by L.L. No. 3-2004]
LEASHED
Restrained by a leash attached to a collar or harness of sufficient strength to restrain the dog and which shall be held by a person having the ability to control the dog.
OWNERS
Include any person who keeps, harbors or has custody, care or control of a dog. Dogs owned by minors shall be deemed to be in custody and control of parents or other head of the household where the minor resides. Any person harboring a dog for a period of one week shall be deemed to be the owner of the dog for the purpose of enforcing this article.
SERVICE ANIMAL
Any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals for the purposes of this definition. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the individual's disability. Examples of work or tasks include, but are not limited to, assisting individuals who are blind or have low vision with navigation and other tasks, alerting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to the presence of people or sounds, providing nonviolent protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, assisting an individual during a seizure, alerting individuals to the presence of allergens, retrieving items such as medicine or the telephone, providing physical support and assistance with balance and stability to individuals with mobility disabilities, and helping persons with psychiatric and neurological disabilities by preventing or interrupting impulsive or destructive behaviors. The crime deterrent effects of an animal's presence and the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship do not constitute work or tasks for the purposes of this definition.
[Added 3-18-2014 by L.L. No. 3-2014]

§ 70-3 Licensing of dogs.

[Amended 5-21-1991 by L.L. No. 4-1991; 12-19-1995 by L.L. No. 1-1996; 4-20-2004 by L.L. No. 3-2004; 11-16-2010 by L.L. No. 5-2010]
A. 
The City Clerk shall issue dog licenses in the City.
B. 
All dogs in the City of Hudson must be licensed with the City Clerk by the age of four months and are required to present a current certificate of rabies at the time of licensing or the renewal of an existing license.
C. 
All dog licenses will be for a period of one year and will expire at the end of the month one year from the date of issue.
D. 
The annual fee to be paid in connection with the issuance of each dog license shall be established by the Common Council, along with any appropriate state fees.
E. 
The City of Hudson does not allow the licensing of dogs by a shelter. The shelter must send the adoptive dog owners to the City Clerk for licensing.
F. 
All dog licenses may be purchased by visiting the City Clerk or by regular mail. If licensing or renewing by mail, the appropriate fee must accompany the forms. There will be no refund of fees.
G. 
The City Clerk shall waive the licensing fee for any service animal upon making the following two inquiries and determining that such animal is a service animal as that term is defined in this chapter. In making such determination, the City Clerk may not inquire about the nature or extent of a person's disability or require submission of training documentation.
[Amended 3-18-2014 by L.L. No. 3-2014]
(1) 
If the animal is required because of a disability; and
(2) 
What work or task the animal has been trained to perform.

§ 70-4 Regulations and restrictions.

[Amended 5-21-1996 by L.L. No. 3-1996]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any owner of a dog in the City of Hudson to permit or allow such dog to:
(1) 
Run at large.
(2) 
Be off the owner's property unless leashed.
(3) 
Engage in habitual loud howling, barking or whining or to conduct itself in such a manner as to habitually annoy any person other than the owner or harborer of the dog.
(4) 
Cause damage or destruction to public or private property.
(5) 
Defecate or otherwise create a nuisance upon property other than property owned or leased by the owner or harborer of the dog, except as follows: the owner or harborer of the dog shall cause the defecation stools to be immediately removed and disposed of in a sanitary fashion.
[Amended 7-17-2012 by L.L. No. 5-2012]
(6) 
Bite, chase, jump upon or otherwise harass any person in such a manner as to cause intimidation or to put such a person in reasonable apprehension of bodily harm or injury.
(7) 
Chase, leap on or otherwise harass bicycles or motor vehicles.
(8) 
Kill or injure any dog, cat or other household pet.
(9) 
Be unlicensed when four months of age or older.
[Amended 11-16-2010 by L.L. No. 5-2010]
(10) 
Not have a current and valid City of Hudson identification tag on its collar at any time.
[Amended 11-16-2010 by L.L. No. 5-2010]
(11) 
Be present at any time at Riverfront Park.
[Added 10-15-2002 by L.L. No. 6-2002]
B. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to walk a dog on a leash or otherwise accompany a dog without a device suitable to cause the removal of the stools of such dog's defecation for sanitary disposal under this regulation.[1]
[1]:
Editor's Note: Former § 70-16.1, regarding the muzzling of certain dogs, added 7-31-1996 by L.L. No. 5-1996, which immediately followed this section, was repealed 10-15-2002 by L.L. No. 6-2002.

§ 70-5 Female dogs in season to be confined.

[Amended 4-20-2004 by L.L. No. 3-2004]
All female dogs shall be confined to premises of their owner while such are in season (heat) and may not be left outside unattended. Any owner not adhering to this rule will be subject to having the dog seized by the Dog Control Officer and removed to a safe place of confinement.

§ 70-6 Conditions for keeping dogs.

All premises occupied or used by dogs shall be kept in a clean, sanitary condition. Failure to provide adequate food, water or space shall subject dogs to seizure and confinement. "Adequate" shall mean sufficient for age, size and number of dogs on the premises. Upon conviction of the owner or harborer, the dogs become the property of the City of Hudson to be released to an authorized humane society, veterinarian or kennel for adoption or euthanasia.

§ 70-7 Seizure procedure.

[Amended 4-20-2004 by L.L. No. 3-2004]
Upon taking custody of any animal, the Dog Control Officer shall make a record of the matter. The record shall include date of pickup, breed, general description, sex, identification numbers, time of pickup, location of release and name and address of owner, if any.

§ 70-8 Redemption procedure.

[Amended 12-17-1991 by L.L. No. 1-1992; 4-20-2004 by L.L. No. 3-2004]
Each dog which is not identified, whether or not licensed, shall be held for a period of five days from the day seized, during which period the dog may be redeemed by its owner, provided that such owner produces proof that the dog has been licensed and has been identified pursuant to the provisions of this article, and further provided that the owner pays the impoundment fees as established by the Common Council.

§ 70-9 Filing of complaints.

Any person who observes a dog in violation of any section of this article may file a signed complaint, under oath, with a Justice of the City of Hudson or with the authorized Dog Control Officer or any peace officer, specifying the violation, the date of the violation, the damage caused and including the place(s) the violation occurred and the name and address of dog owner, if known.

§ 70-10 Enforcement.

Any person or persons who are or may be lawfully authorized by the City of Hudson shall and all peace officers may administer and enforce the provisions of this law and for that purpose shall have the authority to issue summonses or appearance tickets and to seize dogs, either on or off the owner's premises, if witnessed to be in violation of this article.

§ 70-11 Penalties for offenses.

[Amended 7-31-1996 by L.L. No. 5-1996; 10-15-2002 by L.L. No. 6-2002; 5-19-2009 by L.L. No. 3-2009; 7-17-2012 by L.L. No. 5-2012]
Each violation of this article shall constitute a violation under the New York Penal Law and shall be punishable by the penalty set forth herein.
A. 
Each violation of § 70-4A(6) in which a person is bitten shall carry a maximum fine of $2,000 and the restitution of payment of the victim's reasonable medical fees. Every other violation of § 70-4A(6) that does not involve the biting of a person shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $150 nor less than $50 for a violation.
B. 
Each violation of § 70-4A(8) shall carry a maximum fine of $1,000 and the restitution of payment of the victim's reasonable veterinarian bills.
C. 
Each violation of § 70-4A(5) shall be punishable as follows:
(1) 
For a first offense, by a fine not exceeding $250 nor less than $50.
(2) 
For a second offense within 12 months, by a fine not exceeding $500 nor less than $150.
(3) 
For a third or subsequent offense within 12 months, by a fine not exceeding $1,000 nor less than $500.
D. 
Violations of each and every other provision of this article shall be punishable or fined not more than $150 or less than $50 for a violation.

§ 70-12 Hindering enforcement prohibited.

No person shall hinder, resist or oppose the Dog Control Officer, peace officer or other person(s) authorized to administer or enforce the provisions of this article in the performance of the officer's duties under this article.

§ 70-13 Nonliability of City.

The owner or harborer of any dog so destroyed under the provisions of this article, whether destroyed by Dog Control Officer or peace officer or released to an authorized humane society or veterinarian, shall not be entitled to any compensation, and no action shall be maintainable thereafter to recover the value of such dog or any other type of damage.