Village of Scotia, NY
Schenectady County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Scotia as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Amusements and entertainment — See Ch. 99.
Noise — See Ch. 174.
Parks and recreation areas — See Ch. 182.
[Adopted 3-12-1975 by L.L. No. 1-1975]
It shall be unlawful for any owner of or any person harboring any dog within the boundaries of the Village of Scotia to permit or allow such dog to:
A. 
Run at large while off the premises of its owner or person harboring such dog unless said dog is restrained by an adequate leash, the length of which may not exceed eight feet, or accompanied by its owner or a responsible person able to control such dog, except when such dog is on property with the express consent of the person owning, leasing or otherwise responsible for such property. For the purposes of this article, a dog or dogs hunting in company with a hunter or hunters shall be considered as accompanied by its owner.
B. 
Engage in loud barking, howling or whining either for 10 minutes continuously or for 15 minutes in any one-hour interval.
[Amended 3-14-2007 by L.L. No. 3-2007]
C. 
Cause damage or destruction to property or commit a nuisance upon the premises of a person other than the owner or person harboring such a dog.
D. 
Chase or otherwise harass any person peaceably conducting himself in such a manner as reasonably to cause intimidation or to put such person in reasonable apprehension of bodily harm or injury.
E. 
Habitually chase or bark at motor vehicles not on the premises of the owner or person harboring such animal.
It shall be unlawful for the owner or person harboring any female dog to permit such dog to run at large when in heat, and such dog shall be confined to the premises of such person during such period.
[Amended 10-13-1993 by L.L. No. 4-1993]
A Dog Control Officer, to be designated by the Village Board as provided by § 114 of the Agriculture and Markets Law, may enforce the provisions of this article and may also investigate and report to the Village Justice any dangerous dog as described in § 121 of the Agriculture and Markets Law and see that the order or orders of the Village Justice in such case are carried out.
A. 
Any person who observes a dog causing damage or destruction to property of a person other than its owner or committing a nuisance upon the premises of a person other than its owner or violating provisions of § 104-1 or 104-2 hereof may file a signed compliant, under oath, with the Village Justice, specifying the objectionable conduct of the dog, the date thereof, the damage caused, a description of the dog and name and residence, if known, of the owner or other person harboring said dog.
B. 
Disposition of complaints.
(1) 
Upon receipt of a complaint charging a violation of this article, the Village Justice shall cause to be served upon the owner or other person harboring said dog a notice that a complaint has been filed and the general nature thereof. Such notice shall state that the person upon whom it is served shall attend before the Village Justice, at a time and place which shall not be less than three days after the date of service, and that the person so served may make and sign a statement, under oath, making a general denial of the complaint or an explanation justifying the conduct of the dog.
(2) 
After due notice, as above provided, the Village Justice shall hold a hearing upon the complaint to determine if there has been a violation of this article.
[Amended 5-9-1990 by L.L. No. 3-1990; 1-8-2003 by L.L. No. 1-2003]
Any person, firm or corporation violating any provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable by a fine of not more than $250 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days, or both.
[Amended 10-13-1993 by L.L. No. 4-1993]
The persons having custody of a seized dog, pursuant to the Agriculture and Markets Law, before releasing a seized dog shall collect the sum of $5 as the cost of the kennel fees for the days the animal is kept by the Village. Kennel fees are to be computed on a per-day basis, beginning at 12:00 noon of one day and extending to 12:00 noon of the following day, and not on an hourly or partial-day basis. Kenneling fees shall be established periodically by the Village Board of Trustees.
[Added 1-14-1987 by L.L. No. 3-1987; amended 6-13-2007 by L.L. No. 5-2007]
A. 
All dogs and pets must be confined to the immediate area of the owner and be restrained by a leash or other similar restraint in such a manner as not to disturb or endanger other park users.
B. 
No dog shall be allowed to run at large in Collins Park or Quinlan Park unless accompanied by its owner or a responsible person able to control such dog and it is for the purpose of municipal or governmental maintenance, preservation, research or exploration or for the purpose of the health and preservation of Collins Lake and/or Collins Park and Quinlan Park with the prior approval, by resolution, of the Village Board of Trustees. The term "control" shall mean that the person shall in fact have the ability and the means to immediately direct, regulate and influence the dog’s behavior at all times.[1]
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Editor's Note: Former Section 6-2.08B, Enforcement and Penalties for Violations, which immediately followed this section, was deleted 10-13-1993 by L.L. No. 4-1993; see now § 104-5, Penalties for offenses.
[Added 4-12-2000 by L.L. No. 2-2000]
No person owning, harboring or having possession or control of a dog shall cause or allow such dog to deposit feces on any public or private property, except on property with the permission of the property owner, without immediately removing all feces deposited by such dog and disposing of it in a sanitary manner. This provision shall not be applicable to a blind person while such person is using a Seeing Eye dog licensed as such pursuant to § 109 of the Agriculture and Markets Law.
[Adopted 8-13-1969 as Ch. 6, Art. III, of the 1969 Code of Ordinances]
No person shall keep, house or maintain any sheep, goat, cow, calf, steer or swine on premises in the Village of Scotia.
No person shall keep, house or maintain any poultry or fowl in the Village within 300 feet of any dwelling other than that occupied by him.
No person shall permit any horse, mule, donkey, pony or poultry to run at large within the Village.
No person shall stable or corral any horse, mule, donkey or pony within 150 feet of any street line nor within 300 feet of any dwelling other than that occupied by him, except by special temporary permit.
[Amended 6-12-2002 by L.L. No. 1-2002]
A horse, mule, donkey, pony, or llama may be brought into the Village for a period not exceeding eight days for the exclusive purpose of providing rides or being entered in a race or exhibition to be held in the Village, provided that such animal is registered with the Village Clerk-Treasurer and a nonrenewable eight-day permit is obtained from said Clerk-Treasurer at no charge.
The premises where any animals or poultry are kept or housed shall, at all times, be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition and free from offensive odors. All accumulations of stable refuse or manure from any barn, stable, yard or poultry house shall be kept under a secure cover sealed against flies, insects and vermin and shall be removed from the premises before becoming offensive.
In addition to any other penalty for a violation of this article, the Police Department of the Village is hereby empowered to seize, pick up and confine, in any proper place, any cattle, horses, goats and swine that shall be found at large in any street, park or public place. Any animal so seized and confined may be redeemed by the owner upon his payment of all necessary expenses of seizure, removal and confinement.
Any animal so seized and confined which is not claimed and redeemed within 10 days from the date of seizure shall be deemed abandoned and may be disposed of in accordance with the provisions of law provided therefor.
[Added 2-11-2009 by L.L. No. 1-2009]
No person shall carry, bring or possess a snake in a public place in the Village nor allow a snake to go loose or free, unrestrained or unrestricted in a public place. This prohibition shall not apply to the transport of a snake provided the snake is securely maintained in a tank or other proper enclosure throughout the transport. "Public place" shall mean any area or building owned, operated or controlled by or on behalf of the Village, or a portion of such place, which is generally accessible to the public, including but not limited to streets, sidewalks, roadways, parking lots, parks, playgrounds, recreation areas, athletic fields, cemeteries or places of employment or operations.
[Added 10-13-1993 by L.L. No. 4-1993]
Any person, firm or corporation violating any provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be punishable by a fine of not more than $250 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 15 days, or both.