[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Tonawanda 2-7-2011 by L.L. No. 1-2011. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose and intent of this chapter shall be to preserve the public peace and good order in the Town of Tonawanda and to contribute to the public welfare and the preservation and protection of the property and the person of the inhabitants of the Town of Tonawanda by declaring and enforcing certain regulations and restrictions of the activities of cats and owners of cats within the Town of Tonawanda.
This chapter shall be applicable in the area of the Town of Tonawanda, New York, outside the Village of Kenmore.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- ADULT CAT
- Any cat six months of age or older.
- Both male and female cats.
- Shall include, but not be limited to, permitting or allowing a cat to damage public or private property of a person other than the owner.
- Any person owning, harboring, keeping or having the custody or control of any cat.
The owner of every cat shall be responsible for maintaining such animal in safe, sanitary and healthful surroundings and in such a manner as will not constitute a nuisance to neighboring property owners or to the public, including the existence of noxious odors, unsightly litter, or repeated or habitual violations of other provisions of this chapter shall be deemed to constitute such a nuisance.
No owner or other person harboring, keeping or maintaining any cat shall permit such cat, while in the Town of Tonawanda, to cause damage or destruction to property, or commit a nuisance upon a public area, or the premises of a person other than the owner or other person having custody or control of such cat.
It shall be unlawful for any owner of a female cat to permit such female cat to run at large when in heat, and such animal shall be confined to the owner's premises during such period.
The enforcement of this chapter shall be done by the animal control officer or other person authorized by the Town Board to enforce the provisions of this chapter.
Any person convicted of a violation of this chapter shall be deemed to have committed a violation and shall be subject to a fine of $75 for a first violation and $150 for any subsequent violation within three years.
Any person taking part in or assisting in any violation of this chapter shall also be subject to the penalties herein.
Each day that a violation of this chapter is committed or is permitted to exist shall constitute a separate offense.