[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town of Blackstone as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Feral or Wild Animals
[Adopted 4-26-1993 ATM by Art. 21]
The keeping of any feral animal, or other animal that ordinarily exists in a wild state, shall require a permit from the Board of Health. A "feral animal" is defined as an animal in a wild state that ordinarily exists in a domesticated state.
A hearing shall be held by the Board before granting such a permit. The Board may define specific conditions relative to the keeping of such an animal as well as the maximum number of animals permitted.
A permit shall be for a maximum of one year from the date of approval; however, the Board reserves the right to issue a permit for lesser periods of time.
Permit renewal shall require a new hearing before the Board. Prior to the renewal hearing, the applicant must notify all abutters by certified mail at least seven days in advance of hearing date.
Anyone nurturing, feeding or otherwise sustaining wild or feral animals shall be required to obtain a permit. This shall not apply to the feeding of birds.
The exhibition or educational demonstration of wildlife species shall be allowable; however, the Health Department shall have the authority to inspect the conditions and conduct of such events to evaluate public safety and the maintenance of satisfactory sanitary conditions. If, in the judgment of the Board of Health, the exhibition compromises standards of safety or sanitation, the Board of Health shall order immediate corrective action or the termination of the activity.
The Board reserves the right to revoke or suspend any permit issued under the provisions of this regulation.
If, in the judgment of the Board of Health, any animals permitted under this regulation present an immediate threat to public health, the Board of Health may order the animal(s) to be immediately removed until the Board convenes a hearing. The expense of capture and confinement shall be the responsibility of the permit holder. A hearing must be held within 10 days of the removal order.
Anyone who keeps such an animal without a permit shall be responsible for all costs associated with the capture and confinement of the animal. The final disposition of such an animal shall be determined by the Board of Health.
Pet stores must obtain a permit from the Board of Health for the keeping of any animals.