Township of Robinson, PA
Allegheny County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Robinson as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Park regulations — See Ch. 182, Art. II.
[Adopted 9-5-1957 by Ord. No. 247-1957; amended in its entirety 8-14-1989 by Ord. No. 16-1989 as Ch. 2, Part 1, of the 1989 Code]

§ 95-1 Definitions.

As used in this article, the following terms have the meanings indicated, unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context:
OWNER
Any person having a right of property in any dog or having custody of any dog, or any person who harbors or permits a dog 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 control of the owner or any other person having custody of said dog.

§ 95-2 Unlawful to allow dogs to run at large.

It shall be unlawful for the owner of any dog or dogs to allow or permit such dog or dogs to run at large in the Township of Robinson.

§ 95-3 Seizing of dogs.

Any police officer or dog warden may seize any dog found at large in the Township. Such dogs are to be impounded in a licensed kennel.

§ 95-4 Licensed dogs.

Owners of licensed dogs are to be notified by registered or certified mail, with return receipt, that the dog is impounded and will be disposed of in five days if not claimed. Five days after the return receipt has been received and the dog has not been claimed, the dog may be sold or destroyed in accordance with the 1982 Dog Law.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See 3 P.S. § 459-101 et seq. (1982 Dec. 7, P.L. 784, No 225).

§ 95-5 Unlicensed dogs.

Unlicensed dogs that are seized are to be held in such kennel for 48 hours and, if not claimed, may be destroyed in accordance with the 1982 Dog Law.

§ 95-6 Threatening dogs.

Dogs that, in the opinion of any police officer or dog warden, constitute a threat to public health and welfare may be killed by the police or dog warden. Any dog suspected of being rabid shall not be destroyed until a licensed veterinarian shall approve such destruction.

§ 95-7 Violations and penalties.

A. 
The first two times a dog is seized, the owner shall pay a fine of $15 to the Township as well as reasonable fees for keeping the animal in a kennel.
B. 
Any person allowing an animal to run at large a third time in violation of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine not exceeding $600 and costs or, in default of payment thereof, shall be subject to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 30 days.
[Adopted 9-15-2008 by Ord. No. 5-2008]

§ 95-8 Definitions.

As used in this article, the following terms have the meanings indicated, unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context:
ANIMAL
A dog, cat or other domesticated companion animal (pet).
ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER
Agent(s) designated by the Township of Robinson to enforce this article.
AT LARGE
Off the premises of the owner and not under the control of the owner or a member of his immediate family or guardian, either by leash, cord, chain or otherwise.
CARNIVOROUS WILD ANIMAL
A meat-eating, predatory animal, wild by nature as distinguished from common domestic animals.
CAT
Domestic feline, felis domesticus.
DOG
Domestic canine, canis familiaris.
FOWL
Chickens, geese, ducks, turkey, hen and rooster.
HARBOR
To provide food and shelter for any dog, cat or domesticated animal on a periodic or temporary basis.
OWNER/GUARDIAN
A person having right of property or custody of any animal and/or one who has an animal in his care or custody or who knowingly permits an animal to remain on or about any premises occupied by said person.
PERSON
Any individual, firm, corporation, partnership, association, trust, estate or other legal entity.

§ 95-9 Prohibition of ownership or maintenance of a carnivorous wild animal.

No person, firm, association or agents thereof shall own, maintain or exhibit a carnivorous wild animal.

§ 95-10 Regulation and maintenance of fowl and nuisances prohibited.

A. 
No person, firm, association or agent thereof shall keep or maintain any fowl within 300 feet of any occupied residential building other than the residence of the owner of such fowl.
B. 
No person, firm, association or agent thereof shall keep or maintain any fowl that may be inclined to make loud or raucous noises within 1,000 feet of any occupied residential building other than the residence of the owner of such fowl.

§ 95-11 Animal conduct and nuisances prohibited.

A. 
No person as owner or guardian of a dog or cat shall permit the animal to run at larger beyond the boundaries of the private premises of the owner or guardian. The animal control officer and/or the Police Department shall seize and detain any animal running at large and unaccompanied by the owner or guardian.
B. 
No dog shall be permitted upon the public streets or upon public property unless restrained by a leash not to exceed six feet in length and accompanied by an adult or minor capable of controlling said animal.
C. 
No dog or cat shall be tied near a public building or other public facility which would intimidate person(s) from approaching or passing such areas.
D. 
No dog or cat shall be kept, maintained, harbored or permitted entry into a place of business which stores and/or sells goods for human consumption. Exception shall be made for guide dogs, hearing dogs, aid dogs for the handicapped and dogs used by municipal and state police departments.
E. 
No dog or cat shall be permitted to bite, chase, leap at or jump upon or otherwise harass bicyclists, motor vehicles and/or pedestrians passing through a public right-of-way.
F. 
No dog or cat shall be permitted to engage in habitual and continuous loud howling, barking or crying or otherwise conduct itself in such a manner as to annoy any person other than the animal owner, regardless of whether or not the dog is on the owner's premises. ("Habitual and continuous" shall be defined as more than 10 minutes at any one time.) The animal control officer and/or the Police Department shall request that the owner or guardian of any animal engaged in habitual and continuous nuisance noisemaking to immediately quiet the animal and/or move it indoors.
G. 
No dog or cat shall be permitted to urinate or defecate on public or private property other than that property owned by the animal's owner or guardian. If such animal should defecate upon the private property of another or public property, the owner or guardian of said animal shall be responsible for the immediate cleanup and proper disposal of the feces.
H. 
No dog or cat shall be permitted to damage, deface or destroy any property or article not belonging to the animal's owner. Any injuries, expenses and/or damages caused by said animal which are not due to the contributory negligence of another person shall be the sole responsibility of the animal's owner.

§ 95-12 Violations and penalties.

Any person, firm corporation who shall violate any of the provisions of this article, upon conviction thereof, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $600 and costs of prosecution and, in default of payment of such fine and costs, to imprisonment for not more than 30 days. Each day that a violation is permitted to exist shall constitute a separate offense and may be punishable as such.