Whether dog owners are walking tiny chihuahuas or intimidating pitbulls, village law requires them to keep their animals on a leash.
Port Chester police want to remind the public about the local ordinance after ticketing a village man who they said had a habit of walking his pitbull without a leash.
On Wednesday at 1 p.m., an officer on patrol on South Main Street saw the 21-year-old Port Chester man walking down the street with his black pitbull; the dog had no leash, Lt. James Ladeairous said.
The officer said he'd spoken to the pitbull owner "several times before" about walking the animal without a leash, and passersby were uncomfortable when crossing paths with the Port Chester man and his dog.
Police ticketed the man for violating the village's leash law. The charge is non-criminal. According to village law, all dogs on any street, public place or park "shall be controlled by a harness or fastening" or held on a leash "not exceeding eight feet."
Local law outlines consequences for letting dogs loose or leaving them tethered to trees or posts in public places, and features subsections detailing the responsibilities of dog owners in Port Chester. To read the relevant sections of village code, click here.
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