City of Butler, PA
Butler County
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[Adopted 2-19-1987 as Part 7, Art. 701 of the 1987 Codified Ordinances]

§ 104-3 Definitions.

For the purpose of this article, the following words shall have the meanings ascribed in this section, unless the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
DOG
Includes all dogs, cats or other domestic animals.
OWNER
When applied to the proprietorship of a dog, means every person having a right of property in such dog and every person who keeps or harbors such dog or has it in his care or custody and every person who permits such dog to remain on or about any premises owned or occupied by him.

§ 104-4 Dogs at large.

No owner of any dog shall allow or permit such dog, whether licensed or not, to run at large within the City, either upon the streets or public grounds or upon private property of other than the owner of such dog.

§ 104-5 Control by owner.

It shall be the duty of the owner of any dog, while traveling on the streets, alleys or public grounds in the City, to have such dog under sufficient control at all times so as to prevent the dog from entering upon the property of any person in the City without the consent of the owner of such property.

§ 104-6 Enforcement.

[Amended 4-24-2008 by Ord. No. 1607]
A. 
Administration and enforcement of this article within the City of Butler shall be undertaken in any of the following ways as determined by City Council from time to time by resolution:
(1) 
By the designation of an employee of the City of Butler to serve as Dog Law Enforcement Officer to act on behalf of the City of Butler.
(2) 
By the retention of a third-party agency to act on behalf of the City of Butler as Dog Law Enforcement Officer.
B. 
The Dog Law Enforcement Officer is hereby charged with properly and humanely enforcing the provisions of this Article and any other ordinance or law pertaining to dogs within the City.

§ 104-7 Duties of enforcement officers.

It shall be the duty of the Dog Law Enforcement Officer or any police officer of the City to seize and detain every dog, whether licensed or not, which is in violation of this article or any other pertinent law. When the Dog Law Enforcement Officer or any police officer of the City is in immediate pursuit of any such dog he is authorized to go upon any open private property upon which the dog is trespassing in order to seize and detain such dog.

§ 104-8 Dog pound.

[Amended 4-24-2008 by Ord. No. 1607]
The City, or its third-party enforcement agency, shall provide a suitable pen or pound for the keeping of such dogs as may be found running at large in violation of this article.

§ 104-9 Impounding licensed animals.

[Amended 2-20-1997 by Ord. No. 1430; 4-24-2008 by Ord. No. 1607]
A. 
Any dog bearing a proper license tag detained under the provisions of this article shall be properly kept and fed within 24 hours of capture. The Dog Law Enforcement Officer will call the owner to notify the owner that the dog is being held, of the location of the kennel and of the time period that the owner has to retrieve the dog. In addition, the owner shall be provided with written notice delivered to the owner by certified mail.
B. 
The owner of the licensed dog so detained shall pay all fines and costs imposed by this article for the violation thereof and also the expense of impounding and keeping the dog before the dog is returned. Such expense shall be as set forth in the City of Butler fee schedule, adopted from time to time by resolution of the City Council, and in the contract between the City of Butler and its third-party enforcement agency.
C. 
If, after five days from the giving of the notice required in Article II, § 104-9B, in the event that the owner is known, such dog has not been claimed by its owner and the fine and costs imposed under this article have not been paid, the Dog Law Enforcement Officer shall dispose of such dog by placement or by humane destruction. The Dog Law Enforcement Officer will notify Animal Friends within 24 hours of the time of capture.

§ 104-10 Impounding unlicensed animals.

[Amended 4-24-2008 by Ord. No. 1607]
A. 
All dogs found running at large in the City, which do not bear a proper license tag or are unlicensed, shall be impounded for a period of 72 hours after the capture thereof. During the seventy-two-hour period, such dog may be reclaimed by his owner upon payment of all fines and costs imposed under this article for the violation thereof and also the costs of impounding and keeping such dog as set forth in § 104-9.
B. 
At the expiration of 72 hours, if such dog is not reclaimed as aforesaid, the Dog Enforcement Officer shall dispose of such dog by placement or by destruction in some humane manner. The Dog Enforcement Officer will notify Animal Friends within 24 hours of the time of capture.

§ 104-11 Record of impounded animals and funds received.

The Dog Law Enforcement Officer shall keep an accurate and up-to-date record of all animals received, returned or disposed of by him and of all funds received by him in the performance of his duties and shall report the same each month to the Mayor and Council.

§ 104-12 Disbursement of funds.

[Amended 4-24-2008 by Ord. No. 1607]
If the Dog Enforcement Officer is an employee of the City of Butler, all fines, penalties and costs collected under this article shall be paid to the City Treasurer. If the Dog Enforcement Officer is a third-party agency hired for the purpose of animal control, all fines, penalties and costs shall be paid to the third-party agency in accordance with the contract between the City of Butler and said agency.

§ 104-13 Hindering enforcement officers.

Any person who shall obstruct the Dog Law Enforcement Officer or other person appointed under this article in carrying out the provisions of this article or who shall willfully or maliciously obstruct or molest him in the seizure and transportation of dogs in violation of this article shall be liable upon conviction thereof under the penalties provided in § 104-14.

§ 104-14 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 2-20-1997 by Ord. No. 1430]
Any person violating any of the provisions of this article shall be fined not more than $300 and costs of prosecution and, in default of payment of fine and costs, shall be imprisoned not more than 90 days.