[Adopted 8-2-2016 by L.L. No. 17-2016]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- A natural person, corporation, unincorporated association, proprietorship, firm, partnership, joint venture, joint-stock association, or other entity or business organization of any kind.
It shall be unlawful for any person to sell any live dog or cat in any pet store, retail business or other commercial establishment located in the Town of Yorktown, unless the dog or cat was obtained from a natural person who possesses litters of no more than 10 dogs or 10 cats in a calendar year from a dog or cat which is either licensed to or resides with such natural person; an animal shelter or a humane society located in New York State; or a nonprofit rescue and humane organization registered with the New York State Department of Agriculture.
For purposes of this article, a "rescue and humane organization" is defined as a New York State nonprofit corporation that is exempt from taxation under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3), participates in early-age spay/neuter of animals and complies with state and local laws regarding the humane treatment of animals and whose mission and practice is, in whole or in significant part, the rescue and placement of dogs and/or cats.
This article shall be enforced by the Town's Code Enforcement Officer(s).
Any person who violates any provision of the article shall be guilty of a violation punishable by a fine not to exceed $250 and/or imprisonment for not more than 15 days. Subsequent violations of this article shall be prosecuted as a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000 and/or imprisonment for not more than 30 days. Any violation of this article per animal shall be prosecuted as separate violations.