Township of Plumstead, PA
Bucks County
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§ 2-101 Harboring Noisy Dogs.

[Ord. 98-11-17-1, 11/17/1998, § 1]
It shall be illegal within the Township for any person or persons to own, possess, harbor or control any dog which makes any noise continuously and/or incessantly for a period of 10 minutes or more which disturbs any person any time of the day or night, and such noise is hereby declared to be disturbing the peace within the limits of the Township; provided, however, that at the time the dog is making such continuous and incessant noise, the dog has not been provoked, and further that the dog is not making such incessant or disturbing noise because of someone trespassing or threatening to trespass upon the private property in or upon which the animal is situated.

§ 2-102 Dogs Accompanying Blind or Handicapped Persons Exempt.

[Ord. 98-11-17-1, 11/17/1998, § 2]
Dogs accompanying blind or handicapped persons exempt. The provisions of this Part shall not apply to a guide dog accompanying a blind person, nor to any dog used to assist any other physically handicapped person, provided that the incessant or disturbing noise occurs while the animal is acting in the furtherance of such duties.

§ 2-103 Agricultural Operations Exempt.

[Ord. 98-11-17-1, 11/17/1998, § 3]
This Part shall not be deemed to prohibit or otherwise declare unlawful any agricultural operations protected from nuisance suits by Pennsylvania Act 133 of 1982, "The Right to Farm Law."

§ 2-104 Repeat Offenders.

[Ord. 98-11-17-1, 11/17/1998, § 4]
The Chief of Police of the Township shall keep a record of all notices and convictions under this Part, and upon receiving a second complaint within six months against an owner previously convicted under this Part, shall investigate, and if the complainer's information is found to be true and correct, the Chief of Police shall prosecute the said persons as a "repeat offender" under this Part.

§ 2-105 Penalties.

[Ord. 98-11-17-1, 11/17/1998, § 5; as amended by Ord. 2004-07, 12/7/2004, § 1]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this Part, upon conviction thereof in an action brought before a district justice in the manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days. Each day that a violation of this Part continues or each Section of this Part which shall be found to have been violated shall constitute a separate offense.

§ 2-106 Disclaimer.

[Ord. 98-11-17-1, 11/17/1998, § 7]
Nothing in this Part shall be construed to affect any suit or proceeding pending in any court or any rights acquired or liability already incurred or any permit issued or any causes of action existing under the ordinances of the Township prior to the enactment of this Part.

§ 2-201 Animal Waste on Public and Private Property Restricted.

[Ord. 01-7-10-2, 7/10/2001, Art. I]
No person, having possession, custody or control of any animal, shall knowingly or negligently permit any dog or other animal to commit any nuisance, (i.e. defecation or urination,) upon any gutter, street, driveway, alley, curb or sidewalk in the Township or upon the floors or stairways of any building or place frequented by the public or used in common by the tenants, or upon the outside walls, walkways, driveways, alleys, curbs or stairways of any building abutting on a public street or park, or upon the grounds of any public park or public area or upon any private property other than the property of the owner of such animal.

§ 2-202 Disposal of Animal Feces.

[Ord. 01-7-10-2, 7/10/2001, Art.II]
Any person having possession, custody or control of any dog or other animal which commits a nuisance, (i.e. defecation or urination,) in any area other than the private property of the owner of such dog or other animal, as prohibited in § 2-201 shall be required to immediately remove any feces from such surface and either:
A. 
Carry same away for disposal in a toilet.
B. 
Place same in a nonleaking container for deposit in a trash or litter receptacle.

§ 2-203 Dogs Accompanying Blind or Handicapped Persons Exempted.

[Ord. 01-7-10-2, 7/10/2001, Art. III]
The provisions of §§ 2-201 and 2-202 hereof, shall not apply to a guide dog accompanying any blind persons, or to a dog used to assist any other physically handicapped person or to animals used in any police or fire activities of the Township.

§ 2-204 Penalties.

[Ord. 01-7-10-2, 7/10/2001, Art. IV]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this Part shall be fined $20 for the first offense, and $50 for each offense thereafter, except that if said fine is not paid within 72 hours after the issuance of the summons, then, upon issuance of a citation and conviction thereof, the person, firm or corporation violating any provision of this Part shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000, nor less than $100, plus all court costs, including reasonable attorneys fees incurred as a result of the prosecution. Each day that a violation continues shall constitute a separate violation.