Dog Ban Lifted
June 1, 2007
Carl Yacobacci presents the first "doggie bag" to his
daughter Nicole while Meghan Simonds and "Artemis" prepare
for a walk on the Greenway.
As planned, the Board of Aldermen have lifted the ban on
dogs on the Derby Greenway for a three month trial period
beginning June 1. In November, they had imposed a
six month ban on dogs on the Greenway effective
December 1, 2006.
In the six months since the ban went into effect, the
Greenway has been much cleaner, but city officials were also
making plans for the return of the dogs. They moved ahead
with plans to install a series of
trash receptacles which
were completed just in time for Memorial Day. Local
businessman Carl Yacobacci also stepped
forward and donated special dispensers of "doggie bags" to
provide dog owners with a steady supply of bags to help dog
owners clean up after their pets. Greenway Committee
Chairman Jack Walsh said, "Carl put his time into
researching the right equipment for this project and then
donated them to the City. We are grateful for his leadership
and his corporate citizenship." The dispensers are available
at the various entrance points to the trail. Walsh noted
that the future of dogs on the trail is squarely in the
hands of those who bring their pets onto the Greenway.
"There is room for everyone on the Greenway as long as they
exercise common courtesy and obey the existing city
ordinances that apply not only on the Greenway but
throughout the city."
The existing city
The Board of Aldermen
recently voted to raise the fines here to $200.00.
ARTICLE III Nuisances [Adopted
5-14-1987; amended 5-11-1995]
§ 56-3. Keeping vicious or
annoying dogs prohibited.
No person shall keep or harbor any dog which attacks,
threatens to attack or frightens any person or any animal
upon any sidewalk or highway or which, by loud or excessive
barking or howling, causes annoyance to any person or
persons living in the vicinity where such dog is kept.
§ 56-9. Dogs roaming at large; penalties for
No owner or keeper of any dog, whether licensed or
unlicensed, shall allow such dog to roam at large upon the
land of another and not under control by leash or similar
restraint of the owner or keeper or agent of such owner or
keeper, provided that nothing in this section shall be
construed to limit or prohibit the legal use of hunting dogs
during the open hunting or training season. The unauthorized
presence of any dog on the land of any person other than the
owner or keeper of such dogs or any portion of a public
highway, street or sidewalk or any other city property when
not under control, by leash or similar restraint, of the
owner or keeper shall be prima facie evidence of a violation
of the provisions of this section. Any person who violates
this section shall pay a fine of $25 for the first offense,
$50 for the second offense, and for any subsequent offense,
the same shall be a misdemeanor in violation of C.G.S., §
22-364, Dogs roaming at large, and a court appearance would
§ 56-10. Discharge of excreta; penalties for offenses.
A. It shall be unlawful for any owner, keeper or walker of
any dog or cat or rider of any horse to permit his or her
animal to discharge its excreta upon any public or private
property, other than the property of the owner of the
animal, within the city if such owner, keeper, rider or
walker does not immediately thereafter remove and clean up
such animal's excreta from the public or private property.
B. Any owner, keeper, walker or rider violating this section
shall be fined
$200 for each particular incident.