[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Bedford as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Notwithstanding any other provisions of this article, it shall be unlawful for any dog to run at large, except when accompanied by the owner or custodian, and when used for hunting, herding, supervised competition and exhibition, or training for such.
For the purposes of this section, "accompanied" means that the owner or custodian must be able to see or hear, or both, or have reasonable knowledge of where the dog is hunting, herding, or where training is being conducted or where trials are being held. Nothing herein provided shall mean that the dog must be within sight at all times.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- AT LARGE
- Off the premises of the owner or keeper and not under the control of any persons by means of personal presence and attention as will reasonably control the conduct of such dog, unless accompanied by the owner or custodian.
Any authorized person may seize, impound or restrain any dog in violation of this article and deliver said dog to a person or shelter authorized to board dogs. Such dogs shall be handled as strays or abandoned dogs pursuant to applicable laws.
In addition to impounding a dog found at large or in violation of this article, any law enforcement officer may issue, in the name of the owner or keeper of such dog, a notice of violation.
Such notice shall impose upon the owner or keeper of such a dog a forfeiture of $25, which must be paid to the Clerk of the Town wherein such dog is owned or kept within 96 hours of the date and time notice is given, in full satisfaction of the assessed penalty.
In the event such penalty is not paid to the Town Clerk within the time limitations specified, a summons shall be issued for appearance in District Court or Municipal Court, and any person found guilty of violating the provisions of this article shall be guilty of a violation.
The provisions of this article are effective pursuant to RSA 466: 30-b.
It shall be unlawful for any person owning, possessing or controlling a dog on any sidewalk, street or public area or on any private property neither owned nor occupied by said person to:
This article shall be enforced only if the failure to appear without a means of removal or the failure to remove and dispose of said dog feces occurs in the presence of a law enforcement officer.
This article shall not apply to any dog accompanying a person mentally or physically impaired and who because of such impairment is unable to comply with the requirements of this article.
This violation shall carry a fine of $100.