13-2-7-1. Purpose: Provincetown's dogs and their owners enhance the character of the Town, and the Town seeks to encourage responsible dog ownership and behavior to the extent that they do not interfere with the reasonable expectations of residents and visitors for safety, appropriate health standards, and enjoyment of peace and quiet in public and private areas.
Dogs are allowed anywhere within the Town boundaries on a leash. Dogs may be off-leash only in specific off-leash areas as designated by the Town, provided that such dog is under voice and sight control. The following are Town-owned open space off-leash areas: Shank Painter Pond Uplands, Foss Woods, Locke Property (also known as 'Whistle Path Woods'), Abandoned Railroad Right-Of-Way, and all Town beaches. From Memorial Day through November 1 dogs may be off-leash if under voice and sight control on Town beaches between the hours of 6 am and 9 am and the hours of 6 pm and 9 pm.
From November 2 through the day before Memorial Day dogs may be off-leash if under voice and sight control on Town beaches between the hours of 6 am and 9pm; all dogs must be restrained on Town beaches at all other times. In all other areas, any owner whose dog is at large, out of control, or not restrained is in violation of this by-law. A non-criminal disposition penalty will be assessed in the amount of $10 (ten dollars) to the owner for the first offense; $15 (fifteen dollars) for the second offense; $25 (twenty-five dollars) for the third offense; $50 (fifty dollars) for the fourth offense; and $75 (seventy-five dollars) for the fifth and subsequent offenses. Each violation of this by-law shall be deemed to be a separate offense.
13-2-7-4. Dog Excrement and Removal. No owner shall permit a dog to defecate upon public sidewalks, streets, beaches, or Town-owned land or structures without immediately and permanently removing the excrement there from, nor shall said person permit such excrement to remain on private property without consent of the owner or occupant of same. A non-criminal disposition penalty will be assessed in the amount of $100 (one hundred dollars) to the owner for the first offense; $200 (two hundred dollars) for the second offense; and $300 (three hundred dollars) for the third and subsequent offenses.
Some thoughts about your dogs at Gabriel's:
Poop: Dog waste left on beaches or streets is not only offensive, it is unhealthy. Bacteria from dog poop can eventually find its way to our shellfish beds and water supply.
There are poop bag dispensers in many areas about town and one on the side of our main building to the right of the office door. Carry an extra bag on your walks and encourage others to pick up too!
Socializing: Be sure your dog has good manners in public. Ask before letting your dog approach strange people or other dogs. Also ask before you approach strange people too!
Safety: Be sure your dog is provided for when you are not in your room. Leave plenty of water especially in the warmer months. If your dog is unfamiliar to his/her surroundings, we recommend you bring along familiar toys and bedding and possibly his/her crate. Crates are like caves to dogs (who were once wolves) and a crate might help with your dog's having a feeling of comfort and safety when you are gone from your room.