Town of Hudson, NH
Hillsborough County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Hudson 8-1-1973 by Ord. No. 68; amended in its entirety 7-26-1976 by Ord. No. 70B. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fees — See Ch. 205.
Parks and recreation areas — See Ch. 259.
Traps — See Ch. 314.
Zoning — See Ch. 334.
[Amended 9-27-2011 by Ord. No. 11-03]
A. 
As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
AT-LARGE
Not under the control of the owner or keeper by a leash. Electronic devices are not considered a form of physical restraint.
LEASH
A chain, rope, or strap, not to exceed six feet, attached to the collar or harness of a dog and used to lead it or hold it in check by a physically able, competent person.
DOG
Shall include any animal of the canine species whether licensed or unlicensed, including any animal which is considered to be a wolf-hybrid as defined in RSA 466-A.
OWNER
Shall include any person or persons, firm, association or corporation owning, keeping or harboring a dog. The owner identified on any current dog license shall be prima facie evidence of the ownership of the dog.
KEEPER
Any person or persons, firm, association or corporation who or which has temporary control or responsibility for a dog with the permission of the owner.
VICIOUS DOG
A dog that, without provocation, attacks or bites a person or other domestic animal.
B. 
At-large prohibited.
(1) 
Prohibition. Except as exempted below, no person or keeper shall permit a dog owned or kept by him/her to be at-large as defined by this section or to trespass upon the property of another, private or public, to include Town-owned or school district property.
(2) 
Exemptions. A dog shall not be deemed at-large if it is:
(a) 
On the premises of the dog's owner;
(b) 
On the premises of the person under whose control the dog is supervised;
(c) 
On the premises of another person as long as that person has given permission for the dog to be at-large;
(d) 
In any designated off-leash dog area regulated by the Town of Hudson. Designated off-leash areas shall be any Town property posted under the authority of the Board of Selectmen as an off-leash area.
(e) 
A working service dog for a disabled person (see ADA).
(f) 
Assisting a police officer who is engaged in law enforcement duties, to include training and exhibitions.
(3) 
No defense. Failure of a keeper to comply with this provision shall not relieve the owner of responsibility for compliance.
(4) 
Penalties.
(a) 
First offense: $25.
(b) 
Second offense: $50.
(c) 
Third offense: court action to be taken.
C. 
Dog waste.
(1) 
Duty to dispose. It shall be the duty of each person who owns, possesses or controls a dog to immediately remove any feces left by his/her dog on any sidewalk, street or other public area. It shall further be the duty of each person who owns, possesses or controls a dog to immediately remove any feces left by his/her dog on any private property neither owned or occupied by said person, unless said private property owner or occupant agrees otherwise. Disposal of such feces shall be in a manner consistent with all applicable laws.
(2) 
Duty to possess means of removal/disposal. No person who owns, possesses or controls such dog shall appear with such dog on any sidewalk, street, park or other public area without the means of removal of any feces left by such dog. Disposal of such feces shall be in a manner consistent with all applicable laws.
(3) 
Exemption. Compliance with this regulation is not required by any handicapped person who, by reason of his/her handicap, is physically unable to comply with this subsection.
(4) 
Penalties.
(a) 
First offense: $25.
(b) 
Second offense: $50.
(c) 
Third offense: court action to be taken.
D. 
Conduct in off leash areas.
(1) 
Voice control and observation on public property. Every person who allows a dog to be off-leash in a designated area under Subsection A(2)(d) above shall maintain voice control over the dog and shall keep the dog under observation at all times. The following also shall apply:
(a) 
Dogs must wear current license tags and rabies vaccination tags.
(b) 
Children 10 years or younger are not allowed in the off-leash area.
(c) 
All handlers must be 18 or older.
(d) 
Children 11 through 17 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult.
(e) 
No female dogs in season (heat) are allowed in the off-leash area.
(f) 
No prong or choke collars on dogs in the off-leash area.
(g) 
No animals other than dogs are permitted in the off-leash area.
(h) 
No more than two dogs to any one handler at a time in the off-leash area.
(i) 
No vicious dogs allowed in the off-leash area.
All dogs which are found running at large will be picked up by the Animal Control Officer and held for a period of seven days. If the dog has an identification tag or license, the owner will be notified immediately and will have seven days in which to claim the dog.
At the expiration of the seven-day holding period, any unclaimed dog shall be disposed of at the discretion of the Animal Control Officer.
All violations and/or services performed by the Animal Control Officer shall be subject to the following fines and fees, payable to the Town of Hudson:
A. 
Running at large.
(1) 
For unlicensed dogs, the fine shall be $10 for the first offense and $25 for all others (plus boarding charges).[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: The specific fees set forth in this subsection were removed at the request of the town. For current fees, see Ch. 205, Fees.
(2) 
For licensed dogs, if the Animal Control Officer has been notified, the fine shall be $5 (includes boarding fee and pickup charge).[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: The specific fees set forth in this subsection were removed at the request of the town. For current fees, see Ch. 205, Fees.
(3) 
If the Animal Control Officer has not been notified, the fine for licensed dogs shall be the same as for unlicensed dogs.
B. 
Unwanted animals.
[Amended 10-14-2003]
(1) 
For dogs, the fee shall be $120.
(2) 
For cats, the fee shall be $60.
(3) 
Added to the fee shall be a $20 pickup fee if not delivered by the owner.
C. 
Investigation of bites.
(1) 
The fee for inspection of an owner's property to determine proper facility for the required ten-day confinement, if the dog has had rabies shot, shall be $5.
(2) 
The fee for confinement by the Animal Control Officer for the required ten-day period.[3]
[3]
Editor's Note: The specific fees set forth in this subsection were removed at the request of the town. For current fees, see Ch. 205, Fees. Former Subsection D, Sale of animals, was repealed 10-14-2003.
Failure to pay any of the fines or fees in § 188-4 will result in the issuance of a summons, and the owner will be required to appear in Nashua District Court and be subject to such fines and/or other measures as the Court shall deem appropriate.