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City of Hornell passes new dog control law

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Households in the city may only possess four dogs

By Andrew Harris

The city of Hornell voted to enact a new law this week that limits the number of canines per household. Mayor Buckley and several members of the city council all stressed that the decision wasn’t made lightly, but was necessary as a public health and safety measure. Here is the full statement from the city:

“In an effort to address an issue that has been increasing in frequency in the City over the last several years, the Common Council voted unanimously Monday night to enact an ordinance that limits the number of dogs allowed per household to four within the City of Hornell. 

“Having a pet is a responsibility not to be taken lightly. Like children, our pets rely on us to provide them with a clean, safe and healthy environment”, said Mayor John Buckley. 

Over the last several years, City officials have had a number of instances of households having large collections of dogs living in poor conditions. In most of these cases, both residents and dogs alike were living in unsafe or unsanitary conditions, resulting in a poor quality of life for both the animals and the residents.  Many of these cases involved children who felt unsafe living in their homes.

“I encourage all pet owners to be responsible and respectful of their pets, families and neighbors, to clean up after their pets in a timely manner and quiet barking dogs when possible”, said 10th Ward Alderman John Carbone.

After careful review and consideration, the Common Council voted to follow the lead of other communities and enact an ordinance limiting the number of dogs allowed per household.  On Monday April 18, 2022 the Common Council of the City of Hornell unanimously voted to approve Local Ordinance No. 731; limiting the number of dogs allowed per household to no more than four (4) dogs over the age of four (4) months. 

Deputy Mayor Jessica Cleveland had this to say. “I deeply appreciated the thoughtfulness of all my colleagues on the Council as we reviewed the dog ordinance. This was not a decision made lightly and many factors were considered. As a pet owner, I really wanted to ensure the well-being of family and pets was considered, while balancing those who also may be negatively affected. I believe the ordinance is a thoughtful look forward to ensure the best quality of life for all living in our community.” 

This new ordinance will go into effect May 18, 2022, and will not apply to any household who currently has more than 4 dogs over the age of 4 months, as long as they are legally licensed at the time the ordinance goes into effect.

All dogs and cats over the age of 4 months must be licensed in the City of Hornell. Licenses can be obtained at the City Clerk’s Office during normal business hours.  Proof of rabies vaccination is due at the time of licensing.”

The Hornell Sun will have reaction from social media in the Sunday edition, stay tuned.

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