A public hearing on amendments to the Huntington Town Code dealing with animals, including setting requirements on the proper disposal of pet waste, has been set.
Under the proposed revisions, dog owners will be required for the first time to “pooper scoop” after their dogs, placing pet waste in a sealed plastic bag and depositing the bag in a covered garbage receptacle.
The proposed revisions also prohibit tethering, leashing, fastening, securing, restraining, chaining or tying a dog to a stationary object outdoors for more than two continuous hours in any 12-hour period. For animals who are restrained, the proposal, among other requirements, bans the use of a choke collar, and requires that the restraint be at least 10 feet for a running trolley and 15 feet for a tether to a stationary object and long enough to give the dog continuous access to food, water and shelter.
“We were first looking at the anti-tethering legislation that is out there and as a part of that the departments looked at that and said we probably need to update the disposal of pet waste to be more friendly to the environment,” said town board member Mark Cuthbertson, sponsor of the resolution.
The town attorney’s office conferred with the New York State director of the Humane Society of the United States, who advised on humane methods of tethering animals as well as proper practice on how animals are to be attended, town officials said.
In 2014 a similar law was passed by the Suffolk Legislature.
The pet waste restrictions are part of an effort by the town and the Villages of Northport and Asharoken to protect local waters from the contaminating effects of pet waste and to protect the health, safety and general welfare of those using local waters from exposure to this particular source of pathogenic bacteria.
The hearing is set for Tuesday, July 12 at 2 p.m. at town hall, 100 Main St.