[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Ellicott 2-1-1995 by L.L. No. 1-1995; amended in its entirety 7-7-2009 by L.L. No. 2-2008. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 12-6-2010 by L.L. No. 1-2011]
The purpose of this article is to establish a procedure for the licensing of dogs within the boundaries of the Town of Ellicott pursuant to § 110 of the Agriculture and Markets Law of the State of New York.
[Amended 12-6-2010 by L.L. No. 1-2011]
License required. All dogs in the Town of Ellicott must be licensed with the Town Clerk by the age of four months. The owner of the dog must present a current certificate of rabies vaccination at the time of making an application for a license or the renewal of an existing license.
Term of license. Dogs may be licensed for terms of one, two or three years. The license expires one, two or three years from the date of licensing on the last day of the month.
License fees. The fee for licensing a spayed or neutered dog shall be $10 for a one-year license, $20 for a two-year license and $30 for a three-year license. The fee for an unspayed/unneutered dog shall be $18 for a one-year license, $36 for a two-year license and $54 for a three-year license. Such fees shall be reviewed by the Town Board periodically and may be changed by resolution of the Board as deemed necessary; however, no increase in fees shall apply to a dog already licensed. No refunds shall be made to any owner on account of the death of the dog or relocation out of the Town.
Grace period. Any dog that is properly registered in another jurisdiction in New York State shall be exempt from registration in the Town of Ellicott until the expiration of the previous license. Any dog that is properly registered outside of New York State shall be exempt from registration in the Town of Ellicott for a period of 30 days.
Penalty for unlicensed dogs. A fee of $25 will be assessed to the owner of any dog found unlicensed or for which the license has not been renewed upon expiration. Such penalty shall be in addition to the licensing fees in Subsection C.
Service dogs. The Town shall require a license and rabies vaccination for any guide dog, service dog, hearing dog or detection dog. The license fees will be waived as those terms are defined in the New York State Agriculture and Markets Law.
Purchase of licenses. All dog licenses shall be purchased in person at the Town offices or by regular mail.
Failure to relicense a previously licensed dog within 60 days of the expiration of the former license shall constitute a violation and subject the owner to the penalties under § 39-9.
The Town of Ellicott Board finds that the uncontrolled behavior of licensed and unlicensed dogs has created a nuisance in the Town. The purpose of this chapter is to protect the health, safety and well-being of persons and property by imposing restrictions on the keeping of dogs within the Town, outside of the Villages of Celoron and Falconer.
This chapter is in addition to, and not in place of, any other laws, rules or regulations applying to the keeping of dogs.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- AT LARGE
- Off the premises of the owner or out of the control of the owner.
- On a leash or lead of a reasonable length, or unleashed, within a reasonable distance from the owner, and responding to the commands of that person.
- DANGEROUS DOG
- Any dog:
- A. Which, when unprovoked, approaches a person in a vicious or terrorizing manner in an apparent attitude of attack off the premises of the owner.
- B. With a known propensity, tendency or disposition to attack, cause injury to, or endanger the safety of human beings or domestic animals.
- (1) For the purposes of this section, a "known propensity" shall be found if the dog has attacked, caused injury to or endangered the safety of human beings or domestic animals on one prior occasion.
- C. Which bites, inflicts injury upon, assaults or otherwise attacks or endangers a human being or domestic animal off the premises of the owner.
- DOG CONTROL OFFICER
- Any individual appointed by the Town to assist in the enforcement of this chapter and Article 7 of the Agriculture and Markets Law, or any authorized officer, agent or employee of an incorporated Humane Society or similar incorporated animal protection association under contract with the Town of Ellicott to assist in the enforcement of this chapter and Article 7 of the Agriculture and Markets Law.
- Both male and female canines.
- DOMESTIC ANIMAL
- Any domesticated animal which may be considered, by the owner, to be a pet.
- Barking, howling, whining or other frequent or continued sound that reasonably disturbs the comfort or repose of any other person located off of the premises of the owner.
- Any person owning, keeping, harboring or having the care, custody or control of any dog, and when such owner shall be a child under the age of 18 years, the head of the household in which the child resides shall be deemed to be the owner of such dog for the purposes of this chapter.
- PRESUMPTION OF LACK OF CONSENT
- In any enforcement proceeding hereunder, it shall be presumed that an at-large dog on the premises of one, other than its owner is there without the consent of the owner of such premises, unless the owner of the dog proves such consent.
- The physical boundaries of the Town of Ellicott, not including the incorporated Villages of Celoron and Falconer.
No dog shall be permitted to be at large or allowed to run at large within the Town, except that a dog may be upon the property of the owner or private property or premises of another only with the knowledge, consent and approval of the owner of such premises, and further excepting that a dog duly licensed and wearing a collar and license, as required by Article 7 of the Agriculture and Markets Law of the state, may be upon a public way or public recreation area, provided that such dog is then and there under the control of the owner.
No owner shall permit or suffer a dog to damage or destroy property, of any kind, of another person or to attack, threaten, intimidate, or bite any person peaceably conducting himself or herself in any place where such person may lawfully be, or to attack, chase, injure or kill any domestic animal of another person when such animal is in any place where it may lawfully be. When any dog is at large contrary to the provisions of this chapter and commits any such acts, the owner shall be deemed to have permitted the dog to have committed such acts.
It shall be unlawful for any owner of a dog in the Town to permit or allow such dog to:
Uproot, dig or otherwise damage any garden, lawn, flowers, or other property without the consent or approval of the owner thereof.
Chase, jump upon or otherwise harass any person in such a manner as to reasonably cause intimidation or fear or to put such person in reasonable apprehension of bodily harm or injury.
Defecate, urinate or dig on public property or on private property without the consent or approval of the owner of such property.
Keeping of dogs. All dogs shall be provided with adequate food, water and shelter from the elements. Such shelter shall be kept reasonably free of debris, mud and dog waste.
The owner of a dog which has attacked or injured another person or domestic animal shall confine such dog for such length of time as may be directed by the Dog Control Officer, Judge, or other law officer for the purpose of determining whether such dog is affected by rabies, and if so affected, such dog shall be destroyed under the direction of the Dog Control Officer.
The owner of any dangerous dog shall not thereafter permit such dog to be off the premises of the owner unless such dog is leashed and securely fitted with a properly fitting muzzle of a type which shall not permit such dog to bite another person or animal.
Any violation of this chapter shall be deemed an offense punishable by a fine as follows:
Any penalty imposed under Article 7 of the New York State Agriculture and Markets Law which is more stringent shall apply to violations of this chapter.
If any dog which is the subject of a complaint brought under this chapter is found to be unlicensed, the owner shall be required to license the dog in accordance with the New York Agriculture and Markets Law. The costs of licensing shall be in addition to any fine or penalty imposed hereunder.
The Dog Control Officer or any police officer may seize any dog found to be in violation of this chapter or in violation of the provisions of Article 7 of the Agriculture and Markets Law for the purpose of protection of the dog, protection of the general public, or elimination of an ongoing violation. Any dog so seized may be impounded, redeemed, euthanized or sold as provided in Section 118 of the Agriculture and Markets Law of this state, and the owner of such dog shall pay the costs of such seizure and impoundment as provided therein. The costs of seizure shall be in addition to the fines under Subsection A herein.
Within this section, each separate offense shall constitute a separate violation. The provisions hereof are in addition to the regulations, restrictions, requirements and penalties contained in Article 7 of the Agriculture and Markets Law of the State of New York.