[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of East Amwell as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Dogs
[Adopted 11-8-1979 by Ord. No. 79-8]
No person shall keep or harbor any dog within the Township of East Amwell, in the County of Hunterdon, without first obtaining a license to be issued by the Clerk's office of the Township upon application of the owner and payment of the prescribed fee.
[Amended 12-27-2001 by Ord. No. 01-25]
Any person who shall own, keep or harbor a dog of licensing age shall in the month of January of each year, apply for and procure from the Clerk's office of the Township a license and official metal registration tag for each dog so owned, kept or harbored, and shall place upon each such dog a collar or harness with the registration tag securely fastened thereto.
[Amended 9-13-2001 by Ord. No. 01-19; 12-27-2001 by Ord. No. 01-25]
The person applying for the license and registration tag shall pay a fee of $10.80 plus any charges required by the State of New Jersey for each dog and for each annual renewal. Said license, registration tags, and renewal thereof shall expire on the last day of January in each year. For any license not renewed in the month of January or February, there shall be an additional late fee of $25 per dog.
[Amended 7-11-1991 by Ord. No. 91-07; 12-27-2001 by Ord. No. 01-25; 3-22-2007 by Ord. No. 07-06; 2-28-2008 by Ord. No. 08-03]
The owner of any newly acquired dog of licensing age or of any dog of licensing age or of any dog which attains licensing age shall make application for license and registration tag for such dog within 10 days after such acquisition or age attainment. The fee shall be as provided in Subsection C of this section.
[Amended 9-13-2001 by Ord. No. 01-19]
No license and registration tag shall be issued without proof that the dog has been inoculated against rabies in compliance with this article by the Board of Health of the Township of East Amwell prohibiting the keeping of dogs not inoculated against rabies, and any amendments thereto, and shall have complied with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.2a.
No person shall permit any dog owned, harbored, possessed or controlled by him to run at large within the limits of the Township of East Amwell, in the County of Hunterdon, at any time. The term "run at large" shall mean and include the running or standing of any dog on any street or other public place or any private property where permission for the dog to be has not been granted, where the dog is unattended, and not under the immediate control of some responsible person able to control the dog.
No person shall permit any dog owned, harbored, possessed or controlled by him to become an annoyance or interfere with the comfort or general well being of the inhabitants of the Township of East Amwell. Such annoyance or interference shall include, but shall not be limited to, barking, crying, whining, howling, causing injury to person or property, or creating a condition hazardous to safety and health, and shall be deemed a public nuisance.
Any dog found running at large or causing a public nuisance may be seized and impounded by the Animal Control Officer or other person appointed by the Township to enforce this article. Any dog so seized and impounded may be reclaimed by the owner. If not reclaimed within seven days by the owner, the dog may be destroyed. The expense encountered in holding and keeping a dog, and if necessary, destroying the dog, shall be paid by the owner of the dog.
If any dog so seized wears a collar or harness having inscribed thereon or attached thereto the name and address of any person or a registration tag or the owner or the person keeping or harboring said dog is known, any person authorized by the governing body shall forthwith serve on the person whose address is given on the collar, or on the owner or the person keeping or harboring said dog, if known, a notice in writing stating that the dog has been seized and will be liable to be disposed of or destroyed if not claimed within seven days after the service of the notice. Any person so authorized by the governing body shall further comply with all provisions of N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.16.
The Animal Control Officer or other person appointed by the Township to enforce this article when in immediate pursuit of a dog or dogs which he may lawfully seize or impound under the provisions of this article or under the statutes of the State of New Jersey is hereby authorized to go upon or into any premises but not into an inhabited dwelling house without permission of the owner to seize such dog or dogs for impounding. Any such entry shall not be deemed trespassing, except that he may not go upon any premises if the owner thereof or the owner's representative is present and forbids him to do so.
Whenever the Township Committee shall deem that the public safety may so require, it may, by resolution, authorize the Municipal Clerk to issue a proclamation authorizing the immediate killing of any dogs found running at large within the limits of this Township. No dog shall be killed until notice of the proclamation aforesaid has been given at least once in a newspaper printed or circulating in the Township.
The Township Committee, by resolution, may appoint and fix the compensation of one or more persons to kill any dog or dogs running at large after the issuance of the proclamation as provided in Subsection A. Any such person or persons so appointed shall have full power and authority to immediately kill any dogs running at large.
No person, partnership or corporation shall be issued a kennel license unless said person, partnership or corporation is legally operating or maintaining a kennel as defined by N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.1. The annual license fee shall be the maximum fee permitted by N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.9.
[Amended 9-13-2001 by Ord. No. 01-19]
Except as provided in N.J.S.A. 4:19-1 et seq., any person who shall violate this article or any person who shall interfere, or obstruct, or attempt to obstruct the enforcement of this article or any part thereof, shall, upon conviction of such violation by any Judge of the County of Hunterdon be subject to one or more of the following: a fine not to exceed $1,000, a term of imprisonment of not to exceed 90 days, or a period of community service not to exceed 90 days.