[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of White as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Parks and recreation — See Ch. 189.
Article I Control of Animals
Article II Harboring and Attracting Nuisance Animals
[Adopted 11-30-1976 by Ord. No. 851; amended in is entirety 8-12-2015 by Ord. No. 1068]
It shall be unlawful for the owner, custodian or keeper of any animal to allow such animal to run at large unattended at any time either upon any of the street right-of-ways, or public grounds in the Township of White, or upon the property of anyone other than the owner, custodian or keeper of such unless accompanied by and under the immediate control of such owner, custodian or keeper and with permission or consent of the property owner.
It shall be the duty of the owner, custodian or keeper or attendant of any animal, while traveling on the streets, alleys or public grounds in the Township of White, to have such on a leash at all times and to prevent such from entering upon the property of any person or persons in the Township of White without the owner's permission or consent.
It shall be unlawful for the owner of any dog, cat or other animal to permit said animal to injure any human being by biting, jumping on, knocking down or by attacking said human being.
It shall be unlawful for the owner, custodian or keeper of any animal to permit such animal to damage or injure personal property, real estate, shrubs, hedges, flowers or any growing thing by running over or running across the said property, or by urinating thereof or defiling the same, or by causing excrement to be placed thereon.
It shall be unlawful for the owner, custodian or keeper of any animal to permit such animal to remain in the open and to howl, yelp or bark for extended periods of time.
It shall be unlawful for the, owner, custodian or keeper of any animal to permit said animal to cause annoyance to the citizens, residents or other persons lawfully in the Township of White, by barking, yelping, howling or causing any other unseemly noise.
There is excluded from the provisions of this article hunting with dogs, training dogs and field trials while such activities are actually in progress; service animals; animals involved in emergency, fire or police activities; livestock and farm animals used for agriculture and farming practices.
Any police officer, constable, peace officer or dog catcher is hereby authorized to seize and impound any animal found running at large and unattended at any time in the Township of White at a place to be designated by the Township Supervisors as a pound. Notice of such seizure shall be sent to the owners of a licensed dog in the manner prescribed by law; and, such dog may be redeemed by the owner thereof within the time specified by law upon the payment of the reasonable expenses incurred by reason of such detention. Unlicensed dogs shall be turned over to the humane league for further disposition according to law. As to animals other than dogs, the seizing officer shall make reasonable efforts to locate and notify the owner and such animal may be redeemed at a reasonable time upon payment of reasonable expenses incurred by reason of such detention. In the event the owner cannot be hosted or does not redeem such animal, such animal shall be turned over to the appropriate agency.
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this article, upon conviction thereof in an action brought before a Magisterial District Judge 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 article continues or each section of this article which shall be found to have been violated shall constitute a separate offense.
[Adopted 8-12-2015 by Ord. No. 1068]
It shall be unlawful for any person to feed, attract, provide shelter or harbor animals that cause an increased and unreasonable risk to the public health and safety, cause unreasonable disturbances to abutting and nearby properties and/or contaminate nearby properties with urine and/or excrement.