The Fairfield Police Department would like to remind residents and visitors of the following town ordinance pertaining to dogs and horses on Town of Fairfield beaches.
Any person found in violation may be subject to a $100 infraction. [7-148/14]
(a) Dogs or horses may enter beaches, open space areas, and marinas only under the following conditions:
(i) Dogs and horses accompanied by a person responsible for them shall be permitted to enter any town beach only during the period from October 1 to March 31. At all other times dogs and horses are forbidden to enter any town beach, including the parking areas for such beach.
(ii) When permitted to be on a Town beach, dogs must be leashed at all times, except while on the premises of Jennings Beach only, dogs may be off leash provided they are under the control of the person responsible for them. Dogs shall be prohibited from Boardwalks, Pavilions and playgrounds. Persons responsible for dogs and horses must clean up after their animals while they are on the beach or in the parking areas.
(iii) Leashed dogs may be permitted in the parking area of the Town Marina year-round. Leashed dogs may enter the dock area to enter or leave boats. Dogs in the dock area shall be the responsibility of the boat slip owner.
(iv) No dog shall be permitted to roam at large in any park, play lot, beach, open space area or marina. No dog shall be permitted in any park or play lot at any time.
(v) Leashed dogs only are permitted in Ash Creek Open Space Area but not in the picnic area or play area.
(b) The following rules shall apply on all open space areas other than Ash Creek:
(i) All dogs must be leashed, or if unleashed, kept under the control of the person responsible for them at all times.
(ii) All dogs must be leashed within one hundred feet (100-ft.) of a parking area or picnic area, or such other areas as may be designated by the Conservation Commission.
(iii) Persons with dogs in their vehicles shall park in areas to be designated by the Conservation Commission.
(iv) All persons shall remain on designated trails as marked by the Conservation Commission.
(v) All persons walking dogs shall endeavor to remain on designated trails as marked by the Conservation Commission.
(vi) No more than three (3) dogs may be walked by a person on any open space area.