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If you have animals, it is essential that you are aware of the regulations governing their care for the city, town or village in which you reside.

To review them, contact your municipal clerk; telephone numbers are available on the St. Lawrence Valley Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals website home page (www.stlawrencevalleyspca.org) by clicking on “Important Numbers for Pet Owners.”

This article will be reviewing some of the regulations in the Ogdensburg Municipal Code, Part III General Legislation, Chapter 73 ANIMALS, Articles I through IV, Sections 73-1 through 73-19. A full review is online on the city’s website home page (www.ogdensburg.org) by clicking on “Municipal Code”.

ARTICLE II — Dog Licensing

Section 73-4. Licensing of dogs.

B. All dogs in the city of Ogdensburg must be licensed with the city clerk by the age of 4 months and are required to present a current Certificate of Rabies at the time of licensing or the renewal of an existing license.

C. All dog licenses will be for a period of one year and will expire at the end of the month one year from the date of issue.

Section 73-5. Issuance of license; identification tag.

B. No license shall be transferable. Upon the transfer of ownership of any dog, the new owner shall immediately apply for a new license for the dog. A license cannot be transferred to another dog.

C. Change of Ownership, Lost or Stolen Dogs

(1) Upon the transfer of ownership of any dog, the new owner shall immediately make application for a license for such dog. The original issued identification tag shall remain the same for the life of the dog.

(2) In the event of a change of ownership of any dog which has been assigned an official identification number or in the event of a change of address of the owner of record of any such dog, the owner of record shall, within ten days of such change, notify the city clerk.

(3) If any dog which has been assigned an official identification number is lost or stolen,the owner of record shall, within ten days of the discovery of such loss or theft, notify the city clerk.

(4) In the case of a dog’s death, the owner of record shall so notify the city clerk either prior to renewal of license or upon the time of such renewal.

D. Identification Tag

(1) …. Such identification number shall be carried by the dog on an identification tag which shall be affixed to the collar of the dog at all times.

(2) The official permanent identification number shall constitute the official identification of the dog to which it is assigned, regardless of changes of ownership, and the number shall not be reassigned to any other dog during the lifetime of the dog to which it is assigned.

ARTICLE III – Control of Dogs

Section 73-12. Running at large; leashing.

Any person owning or harboring a dog shall not suffer or allow it to run at large in any of the streets or public places of the city, or upon premises of anyone other than the owner or keeper, unless the owner or occupant of such premises grants permission; and no dog shall be permitted in any public place or street within the city, unless it be effectively and actually restrained by a chain or leash not exceeding six feet in length and be attended by a person of adequate ability to properly control its actions.

Section 73-13. Stores and restaurants.

Dogs are prohibited in any grocery, store or restaurant where food or other perishable goods are sold, except a seeing eye dog when serving as such.

Section 73-14. Owners’ responsibilities; nuisances; dangerous dogs.

A. Owner’s responsibility. An owner of a dog or dogs shall not permit such dog or dogs to become a public nuisance.

B. Acts which constitute a public nuisance. A dog shall be considered a public nuisance if it shall:

(1)Consistently or persistently bark or howl.

(2)Cause personal injury.

(3)Cause damage to personal property.

(4)Transport trash or create impairment of lawns, hedges, flower beds and gardens on property other than that of the owner or anyone having the dog in custody.

(5)Persistently bark or chase pedestrians who are using the sidewalks while the dog is on the property of the owner or harborer.

C. Removal of defecations; responsibility of owner to remove defecation. It shall be the responsibility of every person owning, boarding or otherwise keeping or having in his custody a dog within the City of Ogdensburg to immediately remove from any street, sidewalk or other public place or privately owned property (other than the dog owner’s property) any defecation made by such dog.

Section 73-15. Care of dogs.

It shall be unlawful for any owner of a dog or dogs to fail to provide such dog or dogs with adequate food, water and shelter at all times.

Section 73-16. Conditions to be sanitary.

Every person, who owns or harbors a dog or dogs, shall, at all times, keep the area wherein the dog or dogs are kept, possessed or harbored, in a neat, clean and sanitary condition and in accordance with the regulations of the Board of Health and Public Health Laws of the State of New York and such area shall be open to inspection by the proper City and health officials at all reasonable times.

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