Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted on Tuesday, Aug. 6, to prohibit animals on city property.
According to the approved ordinance, “the presence of animals could be disruptive to the balance of the natural habitat.”
The presence of animals in buildings could also be “disruptive and detrimental to the efficient conduct of business.”
Board members agreed that no one should be allowed to bring, handle or lead any animal into any municipal building, park street, sidewalk or recreational area.
No person will be allowed to bring animals to any city-sponsored event, such as a parade or public gathering.
Aldermen voted to include some exceptions.
The prohibition will not apply to service dogs permitted under the Americans with Disabilities Act and to domestic dogs properly leashed in outdoor areas, including streets, greenway and parks.
The ban will not apply to the dedicated Dog Park and the city’s animal control facility.
It also excludes any parade, closed street or other public area for which access is given to a private entity.
The prohibition will not apply to transportation of pets and livestock on city streets if the animals remain confined in an enclosed vehicle, trailer or cage.
Animals participating in a parade are also excluded.