Animals at large

Paul Carrill, Marshal.  “With the nice weather, the Nederland Police Department has noticed an increase in loose animal calls. These calls have ranged from dogs off leash to aggressive dogs attacking other dogs. The NPD wants to remind the citizens of Nederland of their responsibility to restrain and control their animals. The NPD will handle each animal call on a “case by case” basis, yet persistent offenders should expect to be cited for failure to restrain/control their animal. Additional fees and fines may apply to those who receive a summons (e.g.: court costs, veterinarian fees, housing fees, etc.). If you don’t have a leash and/or need a leash, please contact any NPD Police Officer for a free leash. Please feel free to contact the NPD if you have any questions or comments.”

Nederland Municipal Code:

Sec. 7-95. Animals running at large; restraint and control.
(a) It is unlawful for any owner or keeper of any animal to fail to prevent the animal from running at large within the Town limits. Every owner or keeper of any animal, of any age, shall keep such animal exclusively upon his or her own premises. However, an animal may be off such premises if: it is under the control of a competent person and restrained by a substantial chain or leash not exceeding six (6) feet in length or if it is within a vehicle or is similarly, physically confined and inaccessible to any passers-by. An animal is presumed to be at large if injury, damage, or trespass occurs, even if said animal is under leash control at the time of injury, damage, or trespass.
(b) It is unlawful for an animal to attack any domestic animal or fowl as well as any species of wildlife. The owner or keeper of the animal at the time of the attack shall be responsible for any violation of this Subsection.
(c) Any animal control officer apprehending an animal at large may impound the animal or return the animal to the owner and/or issue a citation. Said officer shall have the right to enter upon private property when it is necessary to apprehend any animal that is running at large. Such entrance upon private property shall be in reasonable pursuit of said animal, and shall not include entry into a domicile or enclosure which confines an animal, unless it is at the invitation of the owner.
(d) The Animal Control Officer shall issue a citation to the owner of any animal running at large except for the following conditions:
(1) The animal is wearing a leash that is frayed or broken, unless the leash is known to be inadequate or appears to be unreasonably inadequate; or
(2) The animal confinement has been obviously and temporarily damaged due to weather conditions or other acts of God.
(e) Repeat offenses of an animal at large within a twelve-month period, for any reason, shall be cause for citation by the terms of this Article.
(f) Paragraphs (d)(1) and (2) above shall constitute affirmative defenses to a violation of this Section.
(g) Upon a conviction of guilt or a plea of guilty or nolo contendere to a violation of this Section, in addition to any other penalties imposed by the Municipal Court, the Municipal Judge shall impose a mandatory minimum fine of two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) unless the defendant can demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Municipal Court that the animal running at large has been spayed or neutered prior to the imposition of sentence. Upon motion of the defendant, the Court may continue sentencing to give the defendant time to have the animal in question sterilized. (Ord. 324 §5, 1991; Ord. 508 §1, 1999)