Township of West Hanover, PA
Dauphin County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of West Hanover as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Parks and recreation areas — See Ch. 139.
[Adopted 1-20-1986 as Ch. 2, Part 2, of the 1986 Code; amended in its entirety 8-4-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-4]

§ 67-1 Definitions.

As used in this article, the following terms willhave the meanings indicated:
LIVESTOCK
Horses, stallions, colts, geldings, mares, sheep, rams, bulls, bullocks, steers, heifers, cows, calves, mules, jacks, jennets, burros, goats, kids, swine, deer, llamas, alpacas, ratites (e.g., ostriches, emus, rheas), and other similar animals.
OWNER
When applied to the proprietorship of livestock, shall include every person having a right of property in such livestock, and every person who keeps or harbors such livestock or has in his/her care, and every person who permits such livestock to remain on or about any premises occupied by him/her.

§ 67-2 Livestock at large prohibited.

A. 
It shall be unlawful for the owner of any livestock to permit such livestock to run at large either upon the public streets or highways of West Hanover Township, upon the private property of any other person in West Hanover Township or upon any property in West Hanover Township not belonging to or in the possession of the owner of such livestock or to persons under whose supervision or control such livestock are being kept.
B. 
The provisions herein shall apply to all livestock found running at large, irrespective of payment for or issuance of any license, now or hereafter required, in respect to the livestock involved.

§ 67-3 Violations and penalties.

Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000. It is further provided that, upon judgement against any person by summery conviction, or by proceedings by summons on default of the payment of the fine or penalty imposed and the costs, the defendant may be sentenced and committed to the county prison for a period not exceeding 30 days.
[Adopted 2-15-1993 by Ord. No. 1993-2; amended in its entirety 8-4-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-4]

§ 67-4 Definitions.

[Amended 9-17-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-18]
As used in this article, the following terms have the meanings indicated, unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context:
ANIMAL
Any dog, cat or domestic animal, fowl, or any wild life domesticated or any household pet.
DOMESTICATED PETS
Dogs and cats kept under the control of their owner, and other animals which can be legally bought and sold in the Commonwealth. Feeding and providing rudimentary shelter of and by itself does not constitute ownership of an animal.
[Amended 4-6-2009 by Ord. No. 2008-07]
OWNER
Any person having a right of property in any dog, cat, pet or other livestock or having custody of any dog, cat or domesticated pet.
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 and under the control of the owner or any other person having custody of said dog, cat or domestic pet.

§ 67-5 Unlawful to allow animals to run at large.

A. 
It shall be unlawful for the owner of any dog, cat or other domestic pet to permit such pet to run at large either upon the public streets or highways of the Township, upon the private property of any other person or upon any property not belonging to or in the possession of the owner of such animals or to persons under whose supervision or control such animals are being kept.
[Amended 9-17-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-18; 4-6-2009 by Ord. No. 2008-07]
B. 
The keeper of every such animal shall confine the same in an enclosure sufficient to prevent such animal from running at large. Such enclosures shall be of a size conducive to good sanitary practices. As an alternative, the owner's property may be fenced in such that such animals cannot run free onto other property or public highway, alley, street, park or any other public land.
C. 
Every keeper of any pet shall keep all feed in a rat-proof and fly-tight box, container, or receptacle.
D. 
If any pet is kept in a dwelling owned or occupied by it's owner, said owner shall be limited to the number of such pets to insure that no public nuisance is created or maintained and no threat to the health of persons living there or elsewhere is created.
E. 
Any violation of this article that would also violate any state law shall be prosecuted under the state law and not this article.
F. 
Voiding animal excrement. No person having control, possession, or custody of any animal or the owner of an animal over which no person exercises possession, custody or control shall allow or permit any dog, cat or other domestic pet to void excrement on any public or private property other than the property of the owner of such pet. It is a violation of this article if any person having control, possession, or custody of any animal or the owner of an animal over which no person exercises possession, custody or control shall not immediately remove and properly dispose of voided excrement from any pet on any public or private property or the property of the owner of such dog, cat or other domestic pet.
[Amended 4-6-2009 by Ord. No. 2008-07]

§ 67-6 Licensed animals not exempt from regulations.

The provisions of this article shall apply to all dogs, cats and other animals in the nature of pets found running at large in violation of § 67-5, irrespective of payment of any license in respect to the animal involved.

§ 67-7 Animals disturbing peace.

[Amended 4-6-2009 by Ord. No. 2008-07]
No person shall allow any dog, cat or other domestic pet owned by him/her or under his/her control, or any nondomesticated animal confined on that person's premises, to make any loud or harsh noise or disturbance which would interfere with or deprive the peace, quiet, rest or sleep of any person within the Township.

§ 67-8 Enforcement.

The animal control officer, as designated by the Township, shall enforce the PA Act of 1982, P.L, 784, No. 225, Dog Law Act of 1982 within the Township.[1] The Code Official or his designee shall also enforce the above enforcement.
[1]
Editor's Note: See 3 P.S. § 459-101 et seq.

§ 67-9 Violations and penalties.

Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000. It is further provided that, upon judgement against any person by summary conviction, or by proceedings by summons on default of the payment of the fine or penalty imposed and the costs, the defendant may be sentenced and committed to the county prison for a period not exceeding 30 days.