[HISTORY: Adopted by Town Meeting of the Town of Brookfield: Art. I, 3-12-1965. Adopted by the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Brookfield: Art. II, 6-1-1992. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Pursuant to Section 22-331(a) of the General Statutes of Connecticut, 1958 Revision, as amended, the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Brookfield be and it hereby is authorized on behalf of said Town to:
For purposes of this article, the word "street" shall mean any public or private street, road or highway, whether or not paved.
No person owning, keeping or having custody of any dog shall permit such dog on any property of a person other than the owner, keeper or custodian of said animal or on any street or sidewalk unless such animal is accompanied by such owner, keeper or custodian and is firmly under the control of such owner, keeper or custodian, either by being on a leash held by such owner, keeper or custodian or by being inside an enclosure.
The local or regional animal control officer may take into custody any animal found not accompanied by its owner, keeper or custodian or otherwise in violation of this article and shall impound such dog at the regional animal control shelter. Such local or regional animal control officer shall immediately notify the owner, keeper or custodian of any dog so taken, if known, of its impoundment. If the owner, keeper or custodian of any such dog is unknown, such local or regional animal control officer shall immediately tag or employ such other suitable means of identification of such dog as may be approved by the Chief Canine Control Officer of the State of Connecticut and shall promptly cause a description of such dog to be published once in the lost and found column of a newspaper having a circulation in the Town of Brookfield.
If such dog is not claimed by and released to the owner, keeper or custodian within seven days after the date of publication, the local or regional animal control officer, upon finding such dog to be in satisfactory health, may sell such dog to any person who satisfies the local or regional animal control officer that he is purchasing it as a pet and that he can give it a good home and proper care. The local or regional animal control officer may retain possession of such dog for such additional period of time as he may deem advisable in order to place such dog as a pet. If, within said period, any dog is not claimed by and released to the owner, keeper or custodian or purchased as a pet, the local or regional animal control officer shall cause such dog to be mercifully destroyed by a licensed veterinarian or disposed of as the state veterinarian may direct.
Any dog taken into custody or impounded pursuant to this article shall be redeemed by the owner, keeper or custodian thereof, or the agent of such owner, keeper or custodian, upon proper identification and payment by such owner, keeper or custodian, or his agent, of the following fees:
A redemption fee which shall be established by the Board of Selectmen by resolution.
All costs of detention and care of said impounded dog pursuant to a schedule of costs to be adopted by the Board of Selectmen by resolution.
Any owner, keeper or custodian of any impounded dog who fails to redeem such dog within 120 hours after receiving notification to do so shall have committed a violation of this article.
Any person who violates this article shall, for the first offense, be issued a written warning, for the second offense, be fined not more than $25 and, for the third and each subsequent offense, be fined not more than $100.
Enforcement of this article rests with the local and regional animal control officers.
Any person who is cited for a violation of this article may appeal to the Board of Selectmen within 30 days after the issuance of a notice of violation by the local or regional animal control officer by giving written notice thereof to the Board of Selectmen. The Board of Selectmen shall, within 30 days of its receipt of a written notice of appeal, consider and act on the appeal. The Board of Selectmen shall give the accused violator written notice of the date, place and time in which the Board of Selectmen will hear his or her appeal, and the accused violator shall have the right to be present at said time and to present and cross-examine witnesses. The Board of Selectmen shall issue its decision on the appeal within 15 days of the time it considers the appeal and shall give written notice of its decision to the accused violator.