[Adopted 10-11-2011 by Ord. No. 571]
Editor’s Note: This ordinance also repealed former Art. II, Dog Leashing, adopted 9-9-2003 by Ord. No. 508.
The Town Council finds that, in order to maintain a less anxious and safer environment for citizens of the Town of Wallingford, it is necessary to implement a dog leash program that will serve to prohibit the travel of dogs upon and about its public roads and parks without being leashed to their owner or keeper, thus eliminating a potential source of injury or conflict.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Any person, other than the owner, harboring or having in his charge or control any dog.
- PUBLIC PARK
- A place for recreation as designated by the Wallingford Department of Parks and Recreation, through its Recreation Commission, whether active or passive, laid out in walks, drives and grounds or fields, but not including any public street that may cross a park.
- PUBLIC ROAD
- Any and all public thoroughfares within the boundaries of the Town of Wallingford and all areas within the public right-of-way, including tree belts, sidewalks and any area adjacent thereto up to the boundary line of any adjoining lot.
- SCHOOL PROPERTY
- The rooms, halls, school buildings, school grounds and other school facilities within the jurisdiction and control of the Wallingford Board of Education.
No owner or keeper of any dog shall allow such dog on any public road or in any public park or school property without being on a leash held by the owner or keeper of the dog, except that no dog shall be allowed on any open or fenced athletic playing fields or fenced tennis courts located in any public park or on school property.
This article shall not apply to the following:
Any person who violates any provision of this article shall be guilty of an infraction and shall be fined $50.