Borough of Greencastle, PA
Franklin County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Greencastle as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 3-5-1951 by Ord. No. 2-51; amended in its entirety 7-1-1985 (Ch. 2, Part 2, of the 1985 Code)]

§ 71-1 Definitions and word usage.

A. 
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated, unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context:
ANIMAL
Any domestic animal or fowl, any wild animal or any household pet.
DOMESTIC ANIMAL
Any animal normally or ordinarily domesticated or raised in this area and climate as livestock or for work or breeding purposes, or normally or ordinarily kept as a household pet.
HOUSEHOLD PET
Any dog, cat, or other domestic animal normally and ordinarily kept in or permitted to be at large in the dwelling of its owner.
LARGE ANIMAL
Any wild or domestic animal of the bovine, equine or sheep family.
PERSON
Any person, firm, partnership, association, or corporation.
SMALL ANIMAL
Any wild or domestic animal such as a rabbit, hare, guinea pig, rat, mouse, or chinchilla; and any wild or domestic fowl such as a chicken, turkey, goose, duck, or pigeon (excepting homing pigeons).
WILD ANIMAL
Any animal, bird, fowl, or reptile not normally or ordinarily domesticated; not normally or ordinarily raised in this area and climate as livestock or for work or breeding purposes; or not capable of being kept as a household pet.
B. 
In this article, the singular shall include the plural, the plural shall include the singular, and the masculine shall include the feminine.

§ 71-2 Keeping of pigs, hogs or swine prohibited.

It shall be unlawful for any person to keep any pigs, hogs or swine at any place within the Borough.

§ 71-3 Regulations for keeping of domestic animals.

It shall be unlawful for any person to keep any domestic animals, except household pets, except as provided in this section:
A. 
Large animals shall be confined in quarters no part of which shall be closer than 100 feet from the exterior limits of any dwelling or of any property line.
B. 
Small animals shall be kept confined in quarters no part of which shall be closer than 25 feet from the exterior limits of any dwelling or of any property line.
C. 
The keeper of every such animal shall confine the same in an enclosure sufficient to prevent such animal from running at large, and such enclosure shall be of a size conducive to good sanitary practices and adequate and sanitary drainage facilities shall be provided.
D. 
Every keeper of any animal shall cause the litter and droppings therefrom to be collected daily in a container or receptacle that when closed shall be rat-proof and fly-tight, and after every such collection shall cause such container or receptacle to be kept closed. At least twice a week, every such keeper shall cause all litter and droppings so collected to be disposed of in such manner as not to permit the presence of fly larvae.
E. 
Every keeper of any animal shall cause all feed provided therefor to be stored and kept in a rat-proof and fly-tight building, box, container, or receptacle.

§ 71-4 Regulations for keeping of household pets.

It shall be unlawful for any person to keep any household pet, except as provided in this section:
A. 
If any such pet shall be kept in a dwelling owned or occupied by its owner, such owner shall be required to follow such procedures and practices, as to the number of such pets to be kept there, and as to sanitation, to insure that no public nuisance shall be created or maintained and no threat to the health of persons living elsewhere than in such dwelling shall be created.
B. 
If any such pet shall be kept in an enclosure outside such dwelling, the provisions of § 71-3 of this article, insofar as the same applies to small animals, shall be applicable to the keeping of such household pet.

§ 71-5 Prosecution under state law.

Any violation of this article that would also violate any state law shall be prosecuted under that state law and not under this article.

§ 71-6 Violations and penalties.

Any person who shall violate any provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine not exceeding $300, and/or to undergo imprisonment for a term not to exceed 90 days. Each day that a violation of this article continues shall constitute a separate offense.
[Adopted at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]

§ 71-7 Definitions.

As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
BOROUGH
The Borough of Greencastle.
OWNER
Any person having a property right in any dog or cat, or having custody of any dog or cat, or any person who harbors or permits a dog or cat to remain on or around his or her property.
RUNNING AT LARGE
Being upon any public highway, street, alley, park or any other public land, or upon property of another person other than the owner, and not being accompanied by or under the immediate control of the owner or any other person having custody of said dog and/or cat.
UNDER IMMEDIATE CONTROL
That any dog or cat being upon any public highway, street, alley, park or any other public land, or upon property of anther person other than the owner shall be on a leash.

§ 71-8 Running at large prohibited; disposal of animal waste.

It shall be unlawful for the owner of any dog and/or cat to allow or permit such dog and/or cat to run at large in the Borough. Further, any owner of a dog or cat shall immediately collect the feces or droppings from such dog or cat in a container or receptacle and dispose of the same in a safe and sanitary manner.

§ 71-9 Licensing required.

It shall be unlawful for the owner, custodian or keeper of any dog and/or cat to have any such animal without bearing a current license tag. The dog and cat licensing shall be performed under the rules and regulations of the County of Franklin.

§ 71-10 Animal nuisances; vaccinations.

A. 
It shall be unlawful for the owner to have any dog and/or cat that becomes a nuisance in the Borough. Acts of nuisance shall include, but are expressly not restricted to, the following:
(1) 
The frequent creation of any disturbance between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. prevailing time, or at extended intervals at any other time of day, or both.
(2) 
Viciousness.
(3) 
Frequent digging into flower beds, lawns, children's sandboxes, gardens or the depositing of feces or urine and/or otherwise damaging shrubbery, trees or lawns on premises, personal property or other property not belonging to the owner of the dog and/or cat.
B. 
Any owner of any dog and/or cat shall comply with and be current with rabies vaccination requirements of the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with regard to dogs and/or cats.

§ 71-11 Violations and penalties.

It shall be unlawful for any owner, custodian or keeper of any dog and/or cat to violate any of the provisions of this article, and said violator shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $300, plus costs of prosecution, and, in default of payment of fine and costs, shall be subject to imprisonment for a period not to exceed 30 days. Each day that a violation of this article continues shall constitute a separate offense.