Township of Brick, NJ
Ocean County
[Adopted 12-15-1970 by Ord. No. 93-70 (Ch. 128, Art. I, of the 1989 Code)]

§ 98-1 Annual registration; three-year registration; fees; restrictions.

[Amended 5-11-1976 by Ord. No. 91-B-76; 4-12-1977 by Ord. No. 91-C-77; 5-22-1979 by Ord. No. 91-D-79; 10-27-1981 by Ord. No. 91-D-81; 9-11-1984 by Ord. No. 91-F-84; 3-14-1989 by Ord. No. 666-89; 11-22-1994 by Ord. No. 802-94; 9-10-1996 by Ord. No. 91-G-96; 11-28-2006 by Ord. No. 37-06; 3-11-2008 by Ord. No. 11-08]
A. 
Every owner of or person who harbors or keeps a dog within the limits of the Township of Brick shall report annually, during the month of January of each year, his or her name or address and shall give the name, breed, color, age and sex of each and every dog owned or kept by such person. Effective January 1, 2009, each dog shall be registered for a license upon payment of the sum of $10 in the case of a dog which has been neutered or spayed and $13 in the case of a dog which has not been neutered or spayed, which sums shall include the fee paid to the State of New Jersey. Until January 1, 2009, the licensing and registration fees shall remain $6 in the case of a dog which has been neutered or spayed and $9 in the case of a dog which has not been neutered or spayed. The owner or keeper of each dog shall be furnished with a license tag which shall have stamped upon it the year granted, the wording "Township of Brick, D.L." and the number of the tag which shall correspond with the number of the license issued to each owner or keeper. In addition to the fee provided for the registration of any dog as hereinabove set forth, an administrative charge of $1 for any dog registered after January 31 of each year shall be collected.
B. 
Any such owner or person may, however, subject to the conditions stated aforesaid, apply for a license which shall have a term of three calendar years from the date of issuance. Effective January 1, 2009, the fee for such license shall be $26 for a dog which has been neutered or spayed and $35 for a dog which has not been neutered or spayed, which sums shall include the fee paid to the State of New Jersey. Until January 1, 2009, the licensing and registration fees shall remain $14 in the case of a dog which has been neutered or spayed and $23 in the case of a dog which has not been neutered or spayed. Application for such licenses shall be made during the month of January. Where application has been made for such license in any month other than January, the applicant shall be, in addition, subject to the administrative fee above provided for.
C. 
No license shall, however, be issued for a period of other than one year except where the application for such license shall be accompanied by a certification from a licensed veterinarian indicating that the dog to be licensed has been inoculated for rabies and that such inoculation shall immunize said dog for the term of the license applied for.
D. 
Notwithstanding any other provision, the annual fee for any dog deemed to have been potentially dangerous in accordance with N.J.S.A. 4:19-23 or such subsequent legislation as may be adopted therefor shall be $500.
E. 
The administrative charge to be collected by the Clerk pursuant to this section of the Code of the Township of Brick for any dog registered after January 31 of each year shall be $1 for every month or part thereof from January 31 until the date such dog is registered.

§ 98-2 Registry book; license tag fee.

[Amended 3-14-1989 by Ord. No. 666-89]
The Clerk shall keep a registry book and enter therein the name and address of the owner or keeper, a description of the dog or dogs and the number of the license tag issued; and a duplicate or copy of such registration shall be sent monthly by the Clerk to the poundkeeper, collector of dog licenses or dog keeper. For each such license tag issued, the owner or keeper shall pay to the Clerk the sum of $0.50.

§ 98-3 Collar for tag required; muzzling.

Each dog shall be provided by its owner or keeper with a collar or chain to which said license tag shall be securely fastened. No dog shall be permitted to remain in the limits of the Township of Brick unless registered, licensed and tagged and muzzled if so ordered. Any owner or keeper failing to provide such collar, tag or muzzle, if muzzling is required, shall be subject to a fine or penalty hereinafter provided.

§ 98-4 Dogs running at large.

[Amended 3-14-1989 by Ord. No. 666-89]
Whenever the Clerk of this Township shall deem it necessary, he shall issue an order or proclamation prohibiting, for a certain time, to be therein specified, all dogs from running at large on any or all streets, highways or other public places in this Township, and said Clerk may also order that all dogs must be muzzled during such time as he may direct, which order or proclamation shall be posted in five public places in the Township and published in a newspaper as may be directed by said Clerk.

§ 98-5 Redemption of dogs; fee.

If any dog for which a license fee has been paid shall be impounded for being at large without the license tag or muzzle, and it shall appear, upon due proof, that a license was procured and a collar and tag put on any dog or any such dog was muzzled, but that such collar, tag or muzzle had been accidentally lost, the owner or keeper of said dog may redeem such dog, if impounded, by payment to the Township Clerk, for the use of the Township, of the sum of $0.50 and the sum of $0.25 for another tag.

§ 98-6 Appointment of officials authorized.

[Amended 11-28-2006 by Ord. No. 37-06]
The Mayor with the advice and consent of the Township Council shall have the power to appoint a dog license collector, an Animal Control Officer and a poundkeeper for a period of one year or for such shorter period as may be deemed advisable. It shall be the duty of any such dog license collector, Animal Control Officer or poundkeeper ascertain and report to the Township Clerk any owner or keeper of a dog who has not registered any dog or muzzled any dog as required herein, and he or they shall receive as compensation for his or their service the sum of $0.25 for each and every dog registered by or through him or them, in addition to fees prescribed by any other ordinance of this Township.

§ 98-7 Definitions.

[Amended 3-14-1989 by Ord. No. 666-89]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
DOG
Any dog, bitch or spayed bitch.
DOG OF LICENSING AGE
Any dog which has attained the age of seven months or which possesses a set of permanent teeth.

§ 98-8 Exceptions.

[Amended 3-14-1989 by Ord. No. 666-89]
Notwithstanding the provisions of § 98-1, dogs used as guides for blind persons and commonly known as "Seeing Eye" dogs, dogs used to assist handicapped persons and commonly known as "service" dogs or dogs used to assist deaf persons and commonly known as "hearing ear" dogs shall be licensed and registered as other dogs hereinabove provided for, except that the owner or keeper of such dog shall not be required to pay any fee therefor.

§ 98-9 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 6-23-1987 by Ord. No. 220-B-87; 3-26-1991 by Ord. No. 220-C-91; 11-28-2006 by Ord. No. 37-06]
Whenever any penalty is imposed by this article on the owner or keeper of a dog, a fine not exceeding $50 shall be imposed upon such owner or keeper or imprisonment in the County jail in case of failure to pay said fine, one day for each $1 of fine imposed. Where the Township has contracted with any agency or other entity to carry out animal control on behalf of the Township, any employee of such agency or entity may issue summonses for violations of this article.