Dog Ordinances - Chapter 79 - Article II

§ 79-12. Duty to dispose.
It shall be the duty and responsibility 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.

§ 79-13. Duty to possess means of removal.
No person who owns, possesses or controls a dog shall appear with such dog on any sidewalk, street or other public area without means of removal of any feces left by such dog.

§ 79-14. Method of removal and disposal.
For the purpose of this bylaw, the means of removal shall be by any tool, implement, container or other device carried for the purpose of picking up and containing such feces, unexposed to said person or the public. Disposal shall be accomplished by transporting such feces to a place suitable for disposal of feces.

§ 79-15. Complaints.
A complaint form signed under the pains and penalties of perjury must be filed at the office of the Town Manager before any enforcement action can be taken except when the Dog Officer/Animal Control Officer observes the offense.

§ 79-16. Exemption.
This bylaw shall not apply to a dog accompanying any handicapped person who, by reason of his/her handicap, is physically unable to comply with the requirements of this bylaw.

§ 79-17. Violations and penalties.
A violation of Article II of this chapter shall be punishable as follows: a fine of $25 for each offense.

§ 79-18. Noncriminal disposition.
Enforcement of this bylaw may be pursued through the provisions of MGL c. 40, § 21D, of the Massachusetts General Laws, which provides for the noncriminal disposition of bylaws. The enforcing persons shall be the Animal Control Officer, Board of Selectmen and Dog Officer of the town. This amendment does not apply to guide dogs accompanied by handicapped persons.

§ 79-19. Right to hearing.
Any person who is the subject of a complaint by a private citizen may seek a hearing before a hearing officer designated by the Board of Selectmen by filing a request for a hearing with the Office of the Board of Selectmen within seven days after such person's receipt of notice of violation. The filing of the request for hearing shall automatically stay further proceedings under MGL c. 40, § 21D, until such person receives notice of the hearing officer's decision.