Law limiting number of pets gets nod

GLOVERSVILLE — The Common Council on Tuesday approved a pair of ordinances modifying city code to include existing provisions from the city zoning regulations that limit the number of domestic animals authorized per dwelling.

The first ordinance seeks to “clarify” the term “kennel” in city code through the removal of the word “no” from the previous 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 ordinance modifies city code to add provisions limiting the number of domestic animals authorized per dwelling unless the dwelling is authorized by the city as a kennel and establishes penalties for violators punishable by a fine between $50 and $250, imprisonment for a period not to exceed 15 days, or both.

The ordinance adds 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.”

Previously such provisions were included only in the city’s zoning code limiting the authority to cite violators to the building inspector.

The Common Council proposed the ordinances to empower the animal control officer to enforce the existing limit on the number of animals permitted per city dwelling that were removed from the city code, but left in the zoning regulations when those rules were updated.

Both Animal Control Officer Richard Schuyler and Building Inspector David Fox expressed interest in the city reauthorizing the animal control officer to cite violators of the six animal limit independent of the building inspector who can only issue zoning violations to offenders.

The Common Council conducted public hearings on each of the proposed ordinances on Tuesday during which no one spoke before approving both of the ordinances modifying city code.

The approved ordinances do not alter any previously existing provisions surrounding kennels or the maximum number of pets allowed per dwelling in the city.