Village of Northport, NY
Suffolk County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Northport as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Appearance tickets — See Ch. 9.
[Adopted 7-5-1972 by L.L. No. 5-1972 (Ch. 21 of the 1966 Code)]
The purpose of this article is to minimize damage to property and to ensure the safety of individuals and to generally promote the health, welfare and safety of the residents of the village by prohibiting the running at large of dogs and by denying the access of dogs to certain areas.
[Amended 8-17-1999 by L.L. No. 12-1999]
For the purpose of this article, the terms used herein are defined as follows:
AT LARGE
Off the premises of the owner and not under the control of the owner or a member of his immediate family either by leash, cord, chain or otherwise.
DOG
Both the male and female animal.
OWNER
Any person or persons, firm, association or corporation owning, keeping or harboring a dog.
[Amended 7-6-1982 by L.L. No. 7-1982]
It shall be and hereby is declared unlawful for a person owning, possessing or harboring any dog to:
A. 
Fail to license any dog.
B. 
Affix knowingly to any dog any false or improper identification or purebred license tag.
C. 
Fail to securely confine any dog or allow, suffer or permit said dog to run loose or be at large upon the premises of another without the knowledge or consent of the owner or inhabitant of said premises or upon any public highway, sidewalk or other public place in the Village of Northport. It shall be presumed that a dog running loose or at large on the premises of another does so without the knowledge or consent of the owner of said premises.
[Amended 11-7-1989 by L.L. No. 9-1989; 5-2-1995 by L.L. No. 2-1995; 6-7-1996 by L.L. No. 2-1996; 10-1-1996 by L.L. No. 9-1996; 7-6-1999 by L.L. No. 9-1999; 4-18-2000 by L.L. No. 8-2000]
No person, firm, association or corporation owning or harboring any dog shall suffer or permit such dog, whether leashed or unleashed, to:
A. 
Disturb the peace and quiet of the neighborhood by barking or making other loud or unusual noises.
B. 
Be present at any time at the following locations, except for a public purpose expressly authorized by the Board of Trustees:
[Amended 7-17-2001 by L.L. No. 10-2001]
(1) 
Village Dock.
(2) 
Steers Park.
(3) 
All public bathing beaches owned and operated by the Village of Northport.
C. 
Defecate on or in any sidewalk, street, lane, highway, public building, public parking lot, private business parking lot provided for and open to the use of the public, public recreation area or other public place or any privately owned outdoor business place open to the public or upon any private property without the permission of the owner of said property, unless he or she shall immediately remove all feces deposited by any such dog in a sanitary manner.
D. 
The restrictions of Subsections B and C hereof shall not apply to blind persons who may use dogs as guides.
[Amended 8-17-1999 by L.L. No. 12-1999]
A Dog Control Officer, the Code Compliance Director or any peace officer shall seize any dog running at large and not under the immediate and full control of the owner or person in charge thereof and not on a leash. Seizure procedures and proceedings shall follow those outlined in Article 7 of the Agriculture and Markets Law.
[Amended 4-15-1975 by L.L. No. 5-1975; 8-17-1999 by L.L. No. 12-1999]
Unless otherwise provided by Article 7 of the Agriculture and Markets Law, the owner of any dog which is found to have violated any of the provisions of the law shall be guilty of a violation upon conviction thereof and shall be punished by a fine of not more than $250, imprisonment for a term not to exceed 15 days, or both such fine and imprisonment, for each violation.