The Riverhead Town Board discussed at Thursday’s work session enacting a law banning people from keeping dogs tethered to an object in a manner that endangers the dog’s health or access to food and water, or unreasonably limits the dog’s movement.
The proposed law is almost identical to one enacted by Suffolk County last year, but town officials say it’s easier to enforce a town law.
One change from the county law that Town Board members agreed on involving eliminating a provision that bans someone from keeping a dog tethered for more than two hours in any 12-hour period. Officials said that would be difficult to enforce and would require some people to keep their dogs indoors while they are away. The board also plans to add a section prohibiting people from leaving dogs in cars with the windows shut, which also is already a county law.
The board also discussed false alarms, a proposed second floor expansion at Lighthouse Marina in Aquebogue and appointing attorney Bill Andes to the Business Improvement District Management Association.
To read more about Thursday’s work session, click below to read the recap from News-Review reporter Tim Gannon’s live blog of the meeting.