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Northampton Police Remind Public About Dog Ordinances
NORTHAMPTON, Massachusetts (April 26, 2016)- The Northampton Police Department would like to remind residents and dog owners about the city leash law and canine waste ordinances. Now that spring is here, many people are out walking their dogs. The City Parks and Recreation areas are also in full use for games and other activities. Please remember that if you are on city property you must have your dog on a leash and pick up after your pets. The city ordinances can be enforced by the Animal Control Officer and the Police Department. The Northampton Police and Animal Control Officer will be stepping up enforcement on these ordinances, especially in the Parks and Recreation locations.
§ 128-13 Responsibility for and removal of canine waste.
It shall be the duty of each person who owns, possesses or controls a dog to remove and dispose of any feces left by his/her dog on any sidewalk, street or other public area. It shall further be the duty of each person who owns, possesses or controls a dog to remove and dispose of any feces left by his/her dog on any private property neither owned nor occupied by said person.
No person who owns, possesses or controls such dog shall appear with such dog on any sidewalk, street or other public area without the means of removal of any feces left by such dog. Furthermore, no person who owns, possesses or controls such dog shall appear on any private property neither owned nor occupied by said person without the means of removal of any feces left by said dog.
§ 128-9 Running at large; restraint of dogs.
No person owning or keeping a dog within the City shall allow such dog to roam at large upon the land of another, except if it is on the premises of another person with his or her permission, nor shall they allow such dog to roam at large on any portion of a public highway or any public property, nor shall an owner or keeper restrain a dog on his/her own property so as to permit said dog to extend onto public or private property or to create a danger to the public safety.
The owner or keeper of a dog in the City which is not on the premises of the owner/keeper or upon the premises of another with the permission of said person shall restrain said dog with a chain or leash of sufficient material and strength as necessary to restrain the dog and shall be held by a person capable of controlling the movements of the dog. The chain or leash shall be of a length which prohibits the dog from being a nuisance to persons nearby or causing damage to public or personal property.