Town of Sykesville, MD
Carroll County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Town of Sykesville as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 11-22-2004 by Ord. No. 248]
Chapter 81, Animals, of the Code of Public Local Laws and Ordinances of Carroll County, Maryland ("Chapter 81"), as amended from time to time, shall be the applicable law in the Town for all matters governed by Chapter 81. Any other provision of any chapter of the Code of the Town that is contradictory or inconsistent with Chapter 81 is hereby repealed and deleted.
[Adopted 1-9-2018 by Ord. No. 301]
This section shall apply to any public event on Town property, in which a special event application is required. The presence of animals at these events poses health and safety concerns for both the spectators and animals. Sponsors of other events may also request the Town Manager or his/her authorized designee in writing to apply the provisions of this section to such events.
For the purposes of this article, the following terms shall have the following meanings:
ANIMAL
Every vertebrate and invertebrate nonhuman species of animal, wild or domestic, male or female, including, but not limited to, dogs, cats, livestock and other mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish.
SERVICE ANIMAL
A dog (or other animal) that is trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual or other mental disability. To qualify as a service animal, the work or tasks performed by the service animal must be directly related to the individual's disability. Emotional support animals, comfort animals, and therapy dogs are not service animals under Title II and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act[1] and do not qualify under this definition for purposes of this article.
SPECIAL EVENT
Is applicable to all public events, including parades, on Town property for which a special event application is required.
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Editor's Note: See 42 U.S.C. § 12101 et seq.
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person owning, having possession, charge, custody or control of any "animal," as defined in § 51-3, to take that animal, whether on a leash or otherwise, into the boundaries of any special event or to otherwise allow the animal to enter the boundaries of any special event. The boundaries and the interior of a special event shall consist of any area part of the special event, including parade routes, and shall include any public park, street, road, highway, sidewalk, alley, parking lot, grassy area, right-of-way or other publicly owned area.
B. 
Appropriate signage stating "No Pets or Animals Allowed," shall be prominently placed in the special event area and at all venue entry points. All advertisements for the special event shall indicate that no pets or animals are allowed at the special event.
It shall be unlawful for any person with an animal within the boundaries of a special event to fail to obey the command of a law enforcement officer or animal control officer to remove such animal from the special event.
A. 
Section 51-4 shall not apply to those animals that are part of an authorized special event, including special event exhibits or parades. The special event operator and sponsor shall be responsible for immediately cleaning up and removing any animal waste from animals that are part of an authorized special event exhibit or parade. All animal waste shall be disposed of properly.
B. 
Section 51-4 shall not apply to:
(1) 
Service animals relied upon by persons with disabilities, as defined in § 51-3C;
(2) 
Animals owned and controlled by public law enforcement agencies; or
(3) 
Animals used by a vehicle for hire in accordance with applicable Town ordinances.
An organizer of a special event to which this article applies may request a waiver from § 51-4. The sponsor shall submit plans specifying how the public will be protected from the animals and the sponsor's plans and provisions for removing animal waste. Requests shall be reviewed as part of the special event permitting process and may be approved or denied as part of that process.
Any violation of the provisions of this article shall constitute a municipal infraction. Each occurrence shall constitute a separate offense. The penalties for such municipal infraction shall be as follows:
A. 
First offense: A warning by a written citation shall be issued to any person found violating this chapter for the first time.
B. 
Second offense: A second violation shall constitute a Class B municipal infraction as provided in Chapter 1, Article I, Municipal Infractions.
C. 
Third offense: A third violation shall constitute a Class C municipal infraction as provided in Chapter 1, Article I, Municipal Infractions.
D. 
Fourth and subsequent offenses: A fourth and all subsequent violations shall constitute a Class D municipal infraction as provided in Chapter 1, Article I, Municipal Infractions.