Although Animal Care Officers try to find all possible solutions before ticketing, the severity of the violation may require them to issue either a Notice of Violation and/or a criminal citation.
Notice of Violation: NOVs are typically what our Officers issue for offenses such as running at large (stray animal), failure to license, no proof of rabies vaccination, and nuisance violations. This type of violation is not shared with police departments and does not affect your public record. However, there may be a monetary fine associated with the violation, and if left unpaid, it will escalate to a criminal citation if no action is taken to resolve it. Come to the shelter with proof of having fixed the violation and we'll help resolve your NOV so you won't have to go to court.
Criminal Citation: Citations, similar to speeding tickets, are issued through the Justice Court of the jurisdiction in which the offense occurred or the offender resides, depending on the situation. Once a citation is submitted to the Justice Court, the offender will be given a court date to resolve the issue. If so determined by the court, an offender may receive a misdemeanor if found guilty.