[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Saugerties as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Licensing — See Ch. 119.
[Adopted 7-16-1984 by L.L. No. 1-1984 as Ch. 53, Art. I, of the 1984 Code]
The purpose of this article shall be to preserve the public peace and good order in the Village of Saugerties and to contribute to the public welfare and preservation and protection of the person and the property of the inhabitants by declaring and enforcing certain regulations and restrictions on the activities of dogs within the Village limits.
As used in this article, unless the context otherwise indicates, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- AT LARGE
- Other than on the premises of the owner or on the premises of another person, without the knowledge, consent and approval of said other person.
- Both male and female dogs, both licensed and unlicensed.
- Any person, firm, association or corporation owning, harboring, keeping or having custody or control of any dog.
No person owning, harboring or having the custody, care or charge of any dog, whether male or female, licensed or unlicensed, shall allow or permit such dog at any time to run at large within the corporate limits of the Village of Saugerties unless such dog shall be effectively restrained by a chain or leash not exceeding eight feet in length by a competent person.
No owner of a dog or duly approved kennel within the Village limits shall permit any dog or dogs to create any unreasonably loud or disturbing noise of such an intensity and duration as to be detrimental to the life, health or welfare of any individual, and the violation hereof is prohibited and deemed to be a public nuisance and such dog or dogs so housed and confined in a place so constructed as to prevent such disturbing and unnecessary noise as may result from the habitual or continual barking of such dog or dogs. The provisions of this section shall be liberally construed to prevent excessive, unreasonable, disturbing and unnecessary noise, due consideration being given to the circumstance, time of day or night, particular location of each violation and the demands of the public health, safety and welfare.
No owner shall suffer, allow or permit any dog to soil, defecate or deposit any droppings or fecal matter on any public road, street, highway or sidewalk or area adjacent thereto or upon any public grounds or parks or any private property without the permission of the owner of that property, unless such person shall make a reasonable effort to immediately clean and remove such droppings and fecal matter in good faith and so as to prevent such soiling action, which soiling action is declared to be a public nuisance detrimental to public health. Such soiling action shall be deemed prevented if such owner shall immediately clean up all such fecal matter by causing them to be gathered in a simple bag, wrapper or other container and deposed of in a safe and sanitary manner.
[Added 2-6-1989 by L.L. No. 1-1989]
Any dog running at large within the Village of Saugerties contrary to the provisions of § 66-3 of this article shall be subject to seizure and impounding by the Dog Control Officer, any police officer or by any other person or agency designated by the Village or authorized by law to seize and impound such dog, and any such Dog Control Officer, police officer or other person or agency so seizing such dog hereunder shall be empowered to exercise such degree of force as shall be necessary to effect such seizure without intentionally injuring or harming such dog.
After any such seizure or impounding, a record owner of such dog or an adult member of his family, if the owner is ascertainable from the dog's license tag, shall be notified personally by serving such owner or adult with a notice in writing stating that the dog has been seized and may be destroyed unless redeemed. If the identity of the owner is not ascertainable, then a report of such seizure and/or impounding, together with a description of the dog seized and/or impounded, shall be published in a daily newspaper serving the Village of Saugerties as soon after such seizure and/or impounding as is practicable.
If the dog seized bears a license tag, the dog shall be held by the Village of Saugerties, New York, or its assigns for a period of 12 days during which period it may be redeemed by the owner by paying to the Town Clerk a sum as set from time to time by resolution of the Board of Trustees. If the dog seized does not bear a license tag, the dog shall be held by the Village of Saugerties, New York, or its assigns for a period of seven days during which period it may be redeemed by the owner by producing a license for said dog and paying to the Town Clerk a sum as set from time to time by resolution of the Board of Trustees. If the dog is not redeemed during the period set forth herein, the owner shall forfeit all title to the dog.
The Village of Saugerties, New York, or its assigns harboring such dog may order the destruction of said dog, or the dog may be offered for adoption to a responsible or proper person after producing a license for said dog.
No dog not reclaimed by its owner shall be sold or given or offered for adoption to any laboratory for experimental purposes, nor sold, given nor offered for adoption to any person in any way connected with a laboratory using dogs for experimental purposes.
The keeper of the dogs and the Dog Control Officer shall keep a record and description of each animal impounded, the date of the receipt of such animal, the date and manner of its disposal, and, if redeemed, the name and the address of the person by whom redeemed.
No person shall hinder, resist or oppose the Dog Control Officer, any police officer, agent or employee or representative of the Village in the performance of their duties under this article.
[Amended 11-15-1993 by L.L. No. 4-1993]
A violation of this article shall be an offense and shall be punishable, upon conviction, by a fine of not more than $250 for the first violation, not more than $350 for the second violation and not more than $500 for the third and all subsequent violations, or by imprisonment for not more than 15 days, or both.
[Adopted 7-16-1984 by L.L. No. 4-1984]
No person shall breed, raise, harbor or maintain any poultry, chickens, turkeys, ducks or any other fowl or any swine, horses, cows, mules, goats, rabbits, pigeons, reptiles, rodents or other livestock or similar animals without first obtaining the approval of the Board of Trustees.
Each application for a permit to maintain a yard or pen for animals permitted to be kept under § 66-11 shall be in writing, on a form provided by the Village, and shall be accompanied by a fee as may be determined by the Board of Trustees.
All yards or pens, when permitted by the Village Board, shall be kept in a clean and sanitary condition, and all filth accumulating in or about the same shall be removed with such frequency and in such a manner as the Village Board shall direct.
Any permit for the purposes contained in §§ 66-11 and 66-12 may be revoked and annulled by the Board of Trustees upon proof of a violation of any provisions of this article. The proof shall be taken before the Board of Trustees upon notice of not less than two days to show cause why such permit shall have been revoked or annulled. The permittee shall not thereafter be entitled to a permit under any of the provisions of this article.
[Amended 11-15-1993 by L.L. No. 4-1993]
Any person, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine of not more than $250 for the first violation, not more than $350 for the second violation and not more than $500 for the third and all subsequent violations, or by imprisonment for not more than 15 days, or both.
This article shall not be construed to apply to dogs, cats, caged birds or fish.