[Adopted 8-18-1992 (Ch. 116 of the 1991 Code)]
The title of this article shall be the "Pet Control Ordinance of the City of Fulton."
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Includes dogs, cats, cage birds and other animals commonly kept or harbored in a home as a house pet.
Except as otherwise provided herein, the Animal Control Officer and City police shall be the enforcing officers for carrying out the terms of this article. The Animal Control Officer and City police shall investigate any complaint lodged by any person against any animal or animal owner for allegedly violating this article.
It is the duty of the Animal Control Officer and City police to seize and impound animals running at large, in addition to the dogs that are seized for other violations.
Every animal seized by the Animal Control Officer or City police shall be maintained, redeemed, sold or disposed of in accordance with Article 7 of the Agriculture and Markets Law.
No person shall own or harbor any dangerous animal or any animal which shall attack or attempt to bite any person peaceably passing along the street, lane, park or walk of the City or any place the person may legally be.
An owner of an animal shall not permit such animal, either licensed or unlicensed, to become a public nuisance. An animal shall be presumed to be a public nuisance if it shall:
Persistently or consistently bark or howl or whine or snarl or growl.
Cause personal injury.
Cause damage to personal property.
Transport trash or create impairment of lawns, hedges, flowerbeds or gardens on property other than of the owner or of anyone having the animal in custody.
Persistently bark or chase or growl or snarl at pedestrians who are using the sidewalks while the animal is on the property of the owner or harborer.
Roam with one or more animals in a pack.
Be in the habit of chasing or barking at automobiles.
Kill other animals, except mice and rats.
Be in any grocery stores or any store where perishable goods are sold or any part of any restaurant where food is prepared, except for Seeing Eye dogs.
No person shall keep or harbor such number of animals as to constitute a nuisance.
The following fees will be charged to the owner of all seized animals upon redemption:
For the first seizure of any animal: $10.
For the first 24 hours or part thereof for the second seizure, within one year of the first seizure of any animal: $20.
For the first 24 hours or part thereof for the third and subsequent seizures, within one year of the first seizure of any animal: $30.
An additional impoundment fee of $5 will be charged to the owner of any seized animal for each day or any part thereof following the first 24 hours of the seizure.