Borough of Baldwin, PA
Allegheny County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Baldwin 10-21-1968 by Ord. No. 369. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Cats — See Ch. 82.

§ 85-1 Prohibited acts; number of pets limited; disposal of litter.

A. 
It shall be unlawful for the owner, custodian or keeper of any dog to permit such dog to run at large at any time on any property, either public or private, within the Borough of Baldwin, excluding, however, the private property of the owner, custodian or keeper of such dog.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for the owner, custodian or keeper of any pet or other domestic animal to allow said animal to run at large at any time in any public park located within the Borough of Baldwin, or for such owner, custodian or keeper of any pet or domestic animal to enter any public park located within the Borough of Baldwin with a pet or other domestic animal. The use of a leash or other form of restraint shall not excuse any owner from the prohibition contained herein.
[Added 5-21-1979 by Ord. No. 498]
C. 
Any household pet which scratches, digs or defecates upon any lawn, tree shrub, plant, building or any other public or private property, other than the property of the owner or person in charge or control of such animal, is hereby declared to be a nuisance.
[Added 11-17-1997 by Ord. No. 716.]
D. 
Any household pet which, by frequent and habitual barking, howling, screeching, yelping or baying or in any way or manner injures or disturbs the quiet of any person or the community or which disturbs or endangers the comfort, repose or health of persons, is hereby declared to be committing a nuisance. It shall be unlawful to harbor or permit it to commit such a nuisance.
[Added 11-17-1997 by Ord. No. 716.]
E. 
No person being the owner or in charge or control of any household pet shall allow or permit such animal to commit a nuisance on any school grounds or other public property or upon any private property other than that of the owner or person in charge or control of such household pet without the permission of the owner of said property. Where the owner or person in charge or control of such animal immediately removes all feces deposited by such animal and disposes of same in a sanitary manner, such nuisance shall be considered abated.
[Added 11-17-1997 by Ord. No. 716.]
F. 
No more than four household pets over the age of six months may be kept on any premises in the Borough.
[Added 11-17-1997 by Ord. No. 716.]
G. 
The keeper of every such household pet shall cause the litter and droppings therefrom to be collected daily in a container or receptacle of such type that, when closed, it shall be ratproof and fly-tight, and after every such collection shall cause such container or receptacle to be kept closed. At least twice a week, every such keeper shall cause all litter and droppings so collected to be disposed of in such a manner as not to permit the presence of fly larvae.
[Added 11-17-1997 by Ord. No. 716.]

§ 85-2 Application for license; fee.

[Amended 2-28-2006 by Ord. No. 801]
Between the first day of January 1969 and the 28th day of February 1969 and between January 1 and February 28 of each and every year thereafter, the owner, custodian or keeper of any dog more than six months old shall make application to the Borough of Baldwin for a license for such dog. The application shall state the breed, sex, age and general colors and markings of the dog for which a license is desired and the name and address of the owner thereof. Each application shall be accompanied by a fee of $5.

§ 85-3 Veterinarian's certificate required.

An application for a dog license shall be accompanied by a certificate of a duly authorized veterinarian indicating that the particular dog was inoculated against rabies within the three years next preceding the date of application.

§ 85-4 Issuance of license and tag.

Upon receipt of a duly completed application and a veterinarian's certificate, the Borough of Baldwin shall issue such applicant a dog license and an official tag. It shall thereafter be the duty of the applicant to affix the tag upon a collar or harness attached to the dog, and no dog at any time shall be permitted within the limits of the Borough of Baldwin unless it shall wear the tag attached to its collar or harness.

§ 85-5 Enforcement officer.

The Borough Council of the Borough of Baldwin may appoint a person, firm or corporation who shall be designated as the enforcement officer for the terms and provisions of this chapter. The Borough Council shall, by motion, provide for the compensation of such enforcement officer. Such enforcement officer shall establish rules and regulations, subject to prior approval by the Borough Council, for the care, supervision and disposition of any dogs which may come within the jurisdiction and control of such enforcement officer. Each and every police officer of the Borough of Baldwin shall have the power and the duty to enforce the provisions of this chapter.

§ 85-6 Impounding and disposition of dogs at large.

Any dog, either licensed or unlicensed, which may be found running at large upon any public or private property in the Borough of Baldwin (except the property of the owner, custodian or keeper of such dog), shall be taken into custody by any police officer of the Borough of Baldwin or by the enforcement officer. The rules and regulations promulgated by the enforcement officer and approved by the Borough Council of the Borough of Baldwin shall be applicable to the disposition of any such dog taken into custody.

§ 85-7 Dog kennels.

[Amended 3-19-1973 by Ord. No. 435]
Any person, firm or corporation which may operate a dog kennel within the limits of the Borough of Baldwin, as permitted under the zoning ordinances of the Borough of Baldwin, shall secure a kennel license. The enforcement officer provided for in this chapter shall periodically inspect such kennels to determine the safety, sanitary and health conditions of such kennel. No dog shall be permitted to remain at any kennel unless a certificate of a duly authorized veterinarian is produced indicating that such dog has been inoculated against rabies within the past three years. The enforcement officer may, upon approval of the Borough Council of the Borough of Baldwin, establish rules and regulations for the operation of a kennel within the Borough of Baldwin in such places as are permitted by the Zoning Ordinance of the Borough of Baldwin. The fee for the issuance of a kennel license shall be $10.

§ 85-8 Replacement of lost or stolen tags.

The Borough of Baldwin shall provide for the issuance of duplicate dog license tags in the event that the original tag has been lost or stolen. Prior to the issuance of such duplicate license, the owner of the dog shall file with the Borough an affidavit indicating the reason for the reissuance of a duplicate tag.

§ 85-9 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 5-21-1979 by Ord. No. 498; 12-19-1985 by Ord. No. 566; 11-17-1997 by Ord. No. 716]
Any person, firm or corporation who or which shall violate any provisions of this chapter, upon conviction thereof before the District Magistrate, shall be sentenced to pay a fine not to exceed the sum of $1,000 plus costs of prosecution and, for the failure to pay the same, be imprisoned for a term not to exceed 30 days, or both.

§ 85-10 Definitions.

[Added 11-17-1997 by Ord. No. 716]
A. 
As used in this chapter, the following words and terms shall have the meanings hereby respectively ascribed thereto, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
DOMESTIC ANIMAL
Any animal as hereinafter defined as a household pet, a large animal or a small animal.
HOUSEHOLD PET
Any dog, cat or other domestic animal normally and ordinarily kept in or permitted to be at large in the dwelling of its owner.
LARGE ANIMAL
Any domestic animal of the bovine, equine, sheep or hog family.
PERSON
Any person, firm, partnership, association or corporation.
SMALL ANIMAL
Any domestic animal such as a rabbit, hare, guinea pig, rat, mouse or chinchilla and any domestic fowl such as a chick, turkey, goose, duck or pigeon.
WILD ANIMAL
Any animal, bird, fowl or reptile not normally or ordinarily domesticated, not normally or ordinarily raised in this area and climate as livestock or for work or breeding purposes, or not normally or ordinarily kept as a household pet.
B. 
In this chapter, the singular shall include the plural, the plural shall include the singular, and the masculine shall include the feminine.