Red Hook dog law changes hearing set

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Town Attorney Christine Chale said the changes are needed as part of the town takeover of the dog park, which is actually in the town of Rhinebeck off of Yantz Road.

“We had made some changes in the Intermuncipal agreement between the two towns (that were) managing the dog park,” she said. “One of the things we had done away with was ... the entry tag that was originally conceived of and incorporated in the (original) local law.”

The dog park was opened in 2012 under a joint agreement, but Rhinebeck town officials found it too cumbersome to do the record-keeping nee...ed for permits for pet owners to use the site. Red Hook officials agreed to take over operations if they could adopt rules for the site.

Under the regulations, dog owners would need to ensure that their animals demonstrate “safe behavior and social interactions” toward people and dogs.

“Dogs displaying aggressive behavior of any kind shall be immediately leashed and removed from the off-leash area, after which they shall immediately leave the dog park and the shared use or multi-use park,” officials wrote.

Fines for violations would be up to $500 for a first offense, $750 for a second offense, and $1,500 for three or more offenses.

Board members are also considering amendments to fees charged for reclaiming dogs that have been impounded by the town animal control officer. The charges would be put on an annual adoption schedule instead as part of the local law, which would require public hearings every time a fee is adjusted.

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