Stop The Ban on Pets In East Aurora's Parks

Stop The Ban on Pets In East Aurora's Parks

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Stacey Brown started this petition to Town and Village Board of East Aurora NY

A nice family outing in East Aurora.  Picture beautiful sunshine temps at a nice 72 degrees.  The family heads out the door with thoughts of which ice cream flavor will be their choice tonight.  A quick walk across the village to the local ice cream shop and everyone has their favorite.  Timmy has double chocolate, Susie has mint, Dad chose strawberry, Mom always sticks with cookie dough.  Then there’s Rufus and Fluffy.  They have their usual vanilla in a bowl with a dog bone on top; the ‘Doggie Dish’. The whole family takes their dessert to the nearby park to enjoy.  After ice cream, Timmy and Susie hit the playground while Mom, Dad, Rufus, and Fluffy watch from the nearby benches.  A PERFECT EVENING!


This narrative may not fit your family exactly but it comes pretty close to the definition of a perfect evening for many East Aurorans.  48% of New Yorkers own a pet according to the NY Post.  In East Aurora It may even be higher based on how many dogs can be regularly seen out and about every day.


Neighboring towns such as West Seneca, Elma, Cheektowaga, and Orchard Park all allow for this scenario but sadly East Aurora has an antiquated law on its books, that states; 

 

Village Of East Aurora

Part II    Chapter 177-1

Use of public parks.

A. 

It shall be unlawful for any person to do any of the following acts in any public park in the Village of East Aurora:

(6) 

Dogs, cats, and other animals: To bring or keep any dog, cat, or other animals in any part of any such public park, except with written permission from the Board of Trustees of the Village of East Aurora.

[Amended 7-25-1983 by L.L. No. 4-1983]

Yet East Aurora has laws to prevent dangers and nuisances by dogs as covered in laws;

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Animals running at large.

[Amended 6-21-1965; 3-17-1975 by L.L. No. 2-1975]

B. 

No person owning or having charge, care, or custody of any dog, whether licensed or unlicensed, shall permit such dog to be at any place in this Village except upon his or her premises unless such dog is restrained by a substantial chain or leash not exceeding six feet in length.

New York State also covers laws for leashes, and feces;

Under New York State law all dogs must be restrained by a leash or chain not more than six feet in length, every dog owner must have a dog license tag attached to their dog’s collar and it shall be the duty of each dog owner or person having possession, custody or control of a dog to remove any feces left by his or her dog on any public park property.

 

East Aurora even has a law that prohibits your dog from relieving itself anywhere but on your own property!

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Dog control.

B. 

No person owning, harboring, keeping, or having custody and control of a dog shall suffer, permit or allow such dog to commit any nuisance by urinating or defecating on or otherwise damaging property of the public or another.

 

We petition the governing board of East Aurora to recognize that the existing laws already effectively prohibit any adverse effects of dogs in East Aurora parks.  The law should be overturned to allow for pets to be permitted to join their family in our local parks!

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