Town of Southold, NY
Suffolk County
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[Adopted 6-5-2012 by L.L. No. 8-2012]
Unless otherwise expressly stated, the following terms shall, for the purpose of this article, have the meanings as herein defined. Any word or term not noted below shall be used with a meaning as defined in Webster's Third International Dictionary of the English Language, unabridged (or latest edition).
DOMESTIC LIVESTOCK
Grazing animals kept either in open fields or structures for training, boarding, home use, sales, or breeding and production, including, but not limited to, sheep, swine, donkeys, goats, horses, llamas, and alpacas.
[Added 11-7-2012 by L.L. No. 13-2012]
DOMESTIC PET (ANIMAL)
Any animal that has been bred or raised to live in or about the habitation of humans and is dependent on people for food and shelter. Domestic pets include, but are not limited to, dogs and cats.
[Amended 11-7-2012 by L.L. No. 13-2012]
FEED or FEEDING
To place, deposit, scatter, or distribute in a location accessible to waterfowl or gulls any type of food, including but not limited to corn, wheat or other grains, bread, popcorn, scraps, or any substance liable to be eaten by the waterfowl or gulls.
PERSON
An individual, association, firm, syndicate, company, trust, corporation, department, bureau or agency or any other entity recognized by law as the subject of rights and duties.
PUBLICLY OWNED PROPERTY
Any land which is owned, maintained, leased or managed by the Town of Southold for any purpose whatsoever, including, but not limited to, parks, preserves, beaches and marinas.
WATERFOWL
Those species of birds commonly known as "swans," "geese" and "ducks" and any other waterfowl falling under the jurisdiction of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and are either migratory, nonmigratory, or resident fowl.
WATERWAYS
A general term referring to lakes, ponds, streams, creeks, stormwater basins, and harbors.
A. 
Waterfowl and gull feeding. It shall be unlawful for any person to:
(1) 
Feed or provide food for any waterfowl or gulls on publicly owned lands or waterways within the Town of Southold at any time of year.
(2) 
Create any condition which results in a congregation of waterfowl or gulls on Town property which results in:
(a) 
An accumulation of waterfowl or gull feces or droppings;
(b) 
Damage to flora, fauna or property;
(c) 
A threat or nuisance to the public health, safety or welfare;
(d) 
A threat to the health, safety or welfare of said waterfowl or gulls.
B. 
Domestic pet or domestic livestock waste. It shall be unlawful for any person owning, harboring, keeping, or in charge of any domestic pet or domestic livestock in the Town of Southold to permit or allow such domestic pet or domestic livestock to soil, defile, or defecate on any common thoroughfare, sidewalk, passageway, roadway, highway, street, beach, park, preserve or any other public or Town-owned property; or any place where people congregate or walk; or on any private property without the permission of the owner of said property. It shall be a violation of this section unless all feces are removed by said person in a sanitary manner and then sealed and deposited in a garbage container or disposed of in a manner consistent with the Town of Southold’s management plan for the particular publicly owned property. The disposal of any feces in street storm collection systems is prohibited.
[Amended 11-7-2012 by L.L. No. 13-2012]
The provisions of this article shall be administered and enforced by the Zoning Inspector and/or Southold Town Police/Bay Constables who have the power to issue appearance tickets; provided, however, that for the first year after the effective date of this article, such personnel shall only issue warnings for violations of this article.
Any person committing an offense against any provisions of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be guilty of a violation punishable by a fine not exceeding $250.
In accordance with Section 10 of the Municipal Home Rule Law of the State of New York, the Town Board of the Town of Southold has the authority to enact local laws and amend local laws and for the purpose of promoting the health, safety or general welfare of the Town of Southold and for the protection and enhancement of its physical environment.