Town ordinance requires all dogs be kept on leash when outside the enclosure of the owner or keeper. This includes a leash requirement at the beach and all public parks.
Sec. 6-21. Running at large.
(a) Prohibited generally. Every owner or keeper of a dog of any age whatsoever in the town shall not allow such dog to be at large outside the enclosure of such owner or keeper, but shall cause such dog when outside the enclosure of such owner or keeper to be kept on a leash.
(b) Impoundment; fee and notice. Every dog found wandering at large on any
sidewalk or in any street or highway in the town, or anywhere outside the enclosure of its owner or keeper shall be impounded by the animal control officer, who shall receive $25.00 for the use of the town for impounding such dog for the first time; $50.00 for the second time and $75.00 for each time after the second time that the dog is impounded for wandering at large. In addition thereto, $5.00 per day shall be paid for the services of the animal control officer for each day the dog is impounded for its feeding and care. If the owner or keeper of such dog shall not, within 24 hours from such impounding, seek the release of such dog, the animal control officer shall notify such owner or keeper of such dog, if known, of such impounding.
(Code 1986, § 3-17; Ch. 788, § 1, 8-16-1999)
State law references: Fine for violation, authority to permit citation and fine payment by mail, G.L. 1956, § 4-13-1(8); unrestricted dogs, fine, G.L. 1956, § 4- 13-15.1.