Borough of Downingtown, PA
Chester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Downingtown as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Noise — See Ch. 182.
Parks and playgrounds — See Ch. 203.
[Adopted 2-9-1983 by Ord. No. 83-1]

§ 131-1 Running at large prohibited.

It shall be unlawful for any person who owns or keeps any animal to intentionally or negligently permit such animal to run at large in the Borough of Downingtown in violation of the provisions of the Dog Law of 1965, 3 P.S. § 460-101 et seq.[1] Any animal running at large in violation of said law shall be subject to seizure, detention and disposal as provided therein.
[1]
Editor's Note: The Dog Law of 1965 was repealed 12-7-1982. See now 3 P.S. § 459-101 et seq.

§ 131-2 Loud noises prohibited.

It shall be unlawful to own, harbor or keep in custody any animal which disturbs the peace by barking, howling or making other loud noises to the annoyance and discomfort of any person in the Borough of Downingtown. Barking, howling or the making of other loud noises by such animal for more than 15 minutes shall be deemed to disturb the peace and to cause the annoyance and discomfort of persons in the Borough of Downingtown.

§ 131-3 Injury to humans.

It shall be unlawful for the owner of any animal to permit said animal to injure any human being by biting, jumping on, knocking down or attacking said human being.

§ 131-4 Committing of nuisances; curbing of animals.

No person owning, harboring, keeping or in charge of any animal shall cause, suffer or allow such animal to soil, defile, defecate on or commit any nuisance on any common thoroughfare, sidewalk, passageway, bypath, play area, park or any place where people congregate or walk or on any public property whatsoever or on any private property without the permission of the owner of said property. The restriction set forth in this section shall not apply to that portion of the street lying between the curblines, which shall be used to curb such animal under the following conditions:
A. 
The person who so curbs such animal shall immediately remove all feces deposited by such animal by any sanitary and reasonable manner.
B. 
The feces removed from the aforementioned designated area shall be disposed of in a sanitary manner by the person owning, harboring, keeping or in charge of any animal curbed in accordance with the provisions of this article.

§ 131-5 Number of animals on premises restricted.

It shall be unlawful to keep more than three animals six months of age or older on any premises, regardless of the number of owners; provided, however, that this section shall not apply to any premises for which a kennel license has been obtained pursuant to the Dog Law of 1965, 3 P.S. § 460-101 et seq.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: The Dog Law of 1965 was repealed 12-7-1982. See now 3 P.S. § 459-101 et seq.

§ 131-6 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 10-10-1990 by Ord. No. 90-16]
Any person who shall be convicted of violating or failing to comply with the provisions of this article before any District Justice shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $600, together with costs of prosecution, and, in default of payment of such fine and costs, the violator shall be subject to imprisonment in the county jail for a term not to exceed 30 days. The continuation of such violation for each successive day shall constitute a separate offense, and the person or persons allowing or permitting the continuation of a violation may be punished as provided above for each separate offense.