Village of Bellerose, NY
Nassau County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Incorporated Village of Bellerose as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Noise by animals — See Ch. 144.
[Adopted 11-27-1978 by L.L. No. 15-1978]
The Clerk of the Incorporated Village of Bellerose is designated as the official licensing officer of the Incorporated Village of Bellerose for dogs and shall issue licenses with reference to dogs, pursuant to the authority granted by the Agriculture and Markets Law of the State of New York.
[Added 12-27-2010 by L.L. No. 2-2011]
The licensing officer shall maintain an official log, indentifying each licensed dog, its owner, address, and designate an identification number for each dog. The owner shall obtain a suitable dog tag with the identification number affixed or inscribed thereon, which shall be worn by the dog at all times when outside the home.
[Amended 12-9-1996 by L.L. No. 3-1996]
A. 
The Village Clerk shall receive from each applicant for the licensing of a spayed or neutered dog, of either sex, in the amount established by the Board of Trustees by duly adopted resolution. The Village Clerk shall receive for the licensing of each unspayed or unneutered dog, of either sex, a fee in the amount established by the Board of Trustees by duly adopted resolution.
B. 
Dog owners applying for a license must show proof that the dog has been vaccinated to prevent rabies or provide a statement from a veterinarian that the dog's life would be endangered by that vaccination, thereby permitting the dog not to be vaccinated. Each license shall be valid for a period of one year. The licensing officer shall be notified of a change of dog ownership or that a dog has been lost, has been stolen or has died.
[Added 12-27-2010 by L.L. No. 2-2011]
The moneys retained by the Incorporated Village of Bellerose with reference to the issuance of dog licenses shall be used for dog programs, including the enforcement of local dog control laws.
It shall be a violation of this article to maintain within the Incorporated Village of Bellerose any dog which shall not be licensed by the Village Clerk, and it shall be a violation of this article to bring any dog within the confines of the Incorporated Village of Bellerose unless such dog shall be so licensed by the Village Clerk or shall be the holder of a license issued by a licensing officer elsewhere within the State of New York at the residence of the principal owner of the dog. Each day on which such unlicensed dog shall be maintained within the Incorporated Village of Bellerose or shall be brought within the confines of the Incorporated Village of Bellerose shall constitute a separate violation of this article, and each such violation shall be punished by a fine of not less than $10 and not more than $50.
Any dog found within the confines of the Incorporated Village of Bellerose without a tag indicating its being licensed shall be presumed to be an unlicensed dog.
[Adopted 4-20-1979 by L.L. No. 1-1979]
No person who owns, possesses or harbors a dog or a cat shall permit, allow, suffer or tolerate such dog or cat to run loose or at large in any street, sidewalk, park or public place unless effectively restrained, in the immediate custody of the owner or custodian of the dog or cat, by a chain or leash not exceeding six feet in length.
Any person owning, possessing or harboring a dog or cat who shall fail to exercise due care in preventing such dog or cat from so running loose and at large shall be guilty of a violation of this article. The presence of any dog or cat which is loose and at large shall be presumptive evidence that the person who owns, possesses or harbors such dog or cat suffers or tolerates it to be loose and at large in violation of this article, and it shall be presumptive evidence that such person has failed to exercise due care in preventing such dog or cat from running loose and at large in violation of this article.
[Added 12-27-2010 by L.L. No. 2-2011]
The Board of Trustees may, in lieu of the above provisions, contract with a municipality to provide for licensing services or with a municipality, incorporated humane society or dog protective organization to provide for a dog control officer and shelter services.
Any dog or cat found at large in any street, sidewalk, park or public place and not under effective restraint by a chain or leash as aforesaid may be seized by any duly appointed Dog Warden, peace officer or duly authorized officer or representative of the Village and confined and impounded in a pound maintained by the Town of Hempstead or a society for the prevention of cruelty to animals, pursuant to an agreement between the Village and such town or society.
[Amended 12-9-1996 by L.L. No. 3-1996]
Any dog or cat so impounded shall be confined for a period of five days and may be redeemed by the owner or harborer within said period upon payment to the Village Clerk or other designated representative of the Village of a fee in the amount established by the Board of Trustees by duly adopted resolution and upon payment of any other charge or fee which may be due for board of maintenance of the dog or cat for the period of detention. Any dog or cat so impounded and not redeemed within five days after such impounding shall be destroyed or offered for sale or sold by the keeper of such pound. The net proceeds of any such sale shall be retained by the operator of such pound.
No person owning, harboring or having immediate custody of a dog or cat shall knowingly or carelessly permit such dog or cat to urinate, defecate or commit any other nuisance upon any sidewalk of any street or upon the areas between the curbline and the sidewalk or in any public park, tennis court area, square, mall or center divider of any street or upon the floor of any store, railroad station or other building or place which is used in common by the public; nor shall any person owning, harboring or having immediate custody of a dog or cat knowingly or carelessly permit such dog or cat to urinate, defecate or commit any other nuisance upon the private property of another person without the consent of such other person, given in advance thereof; nor shall any such person omit to do any reasonable and proper act or take any reasonable and proper precaution to prevent any such dog or cat from committing such a nuisance in, on or upon any of the places or premises herein specified.
The restrictions contained in § 88-10 of this article shall not apply to that portion of the street line between the curblines under the following conditions:
A. 
The person who shall so curb such dog or cat shall immediately remove all feces deposited by such dog or cat by any sanitary method approved by the Board of Trustees.
B. 
The feces removed from the aforesaid designated area shall be disposed of by the person owning, harboring or having immediate custody of any dog or cat curbed in accordance with the provisions of this article in a sanitary manner approved by the Board of Trustees.
Any person violating this article shall be subject to a fine of not less than $25 and not more than $50 for each offense. Each day a violation continues shall constitute a separate offense. Such fine shall be in addition to any redemption fee. Any violation of this article shall constitute disorderly conduct, and any person violating this article shall become and hereby is declared to be a disorderly person.