Animal Control Ordinance

Sec. 1. Definitions, as used in the ordinance, unless the context otherwise indicates.

a)      Dog  – shall mean both male and female dogs
b)      Owner – shall mean any person or persons, firm, association or corporation owning or keeping, harboring or in possession of, or having the control of a dog.
c)      At Large – shall mean off the premises of the dog’s owner and not under control and restraint of the dog’s or a member of his immediate family, either by leash, cord or chain, which shall not be more than (8) feet long or (at heel) or within a vehicle being driven or parked on the streets or highways.

Sec. 2.  At Large – It shall be unlawful for the owner of a dog to cause or permit such dog to be at large.

Sec. 3.  Noisome – It shall be unlawful for the owner of a dog to cause or permit such dog to disturb the peace of any person by biting, chasing or continued   barking or howling or in any other manner, or to destroy the property of any person.

Sec. 4.  Dog in Heat – It shall be unlawful for the owner of a dog to cause or permit such dog to be beyond the owners premises at any time she is in heat unless such dog is restrained by a leash, cord or chain, which shall not be more than (8) feet long, by the owner or a member of his immediate family.

Sec. 5.  Validity – It is the intention of the municipality that each separate section of this ordinance shall be deemed independent of all other sections herein, and      it is further the intentions of the municipality that if any provisions of this ordinance be declared invalid all other sections thereof shall remain valid and      enforceable.

Sec. 6.  Penalty – Every person convicted of a violation of any provision of this ordinance shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $20.00 (Twenty) to be recovered by a complaint before the Maine District Court, District 11, Division of Southern Oxford County; subject, however, to the rights of exception    and appeal are provided by law.  All fines recovered shall be to the use and benefit of the inhabitants of the Town of Paris.

Sec. 7.  Amendments – This ordinance may be amended by a majority vote of any legal town meeting when such amendments are published in the warrant calling for the meeting.

Sec. 8.  Repeal of Conflicting Ordinances – All existing dog ordinances of Town of Paris are hereby repealed insofar as they may be inconsistent with the provisions of this ordinance.

Sec. 9.  Effective Date – This ordinance shall be in full force and effective as soon as the town votes to enact it.

Amendment

3/79

Sec. 6.  Penalty $50.00

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