Gloversville Common Council to conduct public hearing today

GLOVERSVILLE — The Common Council will conduct public hearings today at 6 p.m. at City Hall on a pair of proposed ordinances seeking to modify city code to clarify the term “kennel” and to reintroduce provisions limiting the number of domestic animals authorized per dwelling in the city code that are currently only included in zoning regulations in order to step up enforcement of the existing limits in the city.

The first proposed ordinance would seek to “clarify” the term “kennel” in city code through the removal of the word “no” from the current definition of a “kennel” as “an establishment in which a combined aggregate totaling no more than six dogs, cats or other domesticated animals authorized pursuant to Chapter 82 of the Gloversville City Code are kept.”

The second proposed ordinance would seek to modify city code to add provisions limiting the number of domestic animals authorized per dwelling unless the dwelling is authorized as a kennel under city code. Currently such provisions are included only in the city’s zoning code limiting the authority to cite violators to the city building inspector.

City Attorney Anthony Casale noted during the May 28 Common Council meeting, that provisions previously empowering the city animal control officer to enforce the existing limit on the number of animals permitted per dwelling were removed from the city code when the city updated zoning regulations.

“Now we have a situation where if someone is going to be cited they are only potentially being cited under a zoning violation and the animal control officer doesn’t have any ability to cite someone for having more than six animals as he once did,” Casale said.

During a meeting with Mayor Vincent DeSantis, Casale said Animal Control Officer Richard Schuyler and Building Inspector David Fox expressed the belief that empowering the animal control officer to enforce the existing six animal limit authorized per dwelling in the city would be beneficial.

“Both Schuyler and Fox are in agreement and are of the belief that in terms of enforcement it would make things better to allow the animal control officer to have the ability to cite on his own,” Casale said.

The proposed ordinance that the council will consider today would add an article to city code chapter 82 pertaining to animals stating, “No dwelling shall contain an aggregate of more than six dogs, cats or other domestic animals authorized by this chapter unless it as authorized as a kennel.”

Additionally, the ordinance would establish penalties for violating the provision punishable by a fine between $50 and $250, imprisonment for a period not to exceed 15 days, or both.

The proposed ordinances would not alter existing provisions surrounding kennels or the maximum number of pets allowed per dwelling in the city.

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