[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Meeting of the Town of South Hadley 1-11-2017 STM by Art. 14. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The owner of a pet/domesticated animal shall be responsible for the removal of any fecal matter deposited by his/her pet(s)/domesticated animal(s) on public walks, recreation areas, private property of another and trails on property under the jurisdiction of the Conservation Commission. The term "owner" as used in this section shall include the person(s) who control(s) the pet/domesticated animal.
The owner accompanying a pet/domesticated animal in a public walk, street, recreation area or private property of another shall possess the means of removal of any fecal matter deposited by the pet/domesticated animal. For purposes of this section, the means of removal shall include any tool, implement or other device carried for the purpose of picking up and containing such fecal matter. Disposal shall be accomplished by transporting such fecal matter to a place suitable for the disposal of pet/domesticated animal fecal matter or otherwise as designated as appropriate by the Director of the Board of Health.
No owner of a pet/domesticated animal shall allow the pet/domesticated animal to roam at large upon a public walk or street or upon the private property of another, except on the premises of another person with the actual knowledge and permission of such other person. All pets/domesticated animals not on the premises of their owner or the private property of another person with the knowledge and permission of such person shall be restrained by a chain or leash not exceeding 12 feet in length.
No owner of a pet/domesticated animal shall allow the pet/domesticated animal to enter upon any Town playground area and athletic field. The foregoing shall not apply to guide or service dogs.
Failure to comply with provisions of this bylaw or any part thereof may result in a first offense fine of $50, and a second or additional violation of this bylaw within a two-year period may result in a fine of up to $300. The enforcement of this penalty is given to the Health Department, Police Department and/or the Animal Control Officer. A hearing for appeal of this bylaw can be made to the South Hadley Board of Health. Uncollected fines may be levied against future licenses or permits if unpaid.
As used in this bylaw, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- PET/DOMESTICATED ANIMAL
- Includes, but not limited to, dogs, pigs, monkeys or any animal which is kept for companionship, entertainment, or deemed by the Health Department through consultation with the Animal Control Officer and/or the Building Commissioner, when appropriate, to be defined as a pet/domestic animal.