[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Health of the Readington as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Animals Dangerous to Humans
When any animal attacks or bites a human being, the Dog Warden may order the owner of the animal, if any, to confine it, either on the owner's premises or at any other reasonable location which the Dog Warden designates, for a period of at least 10 days. Any expenses of confining the animal shall be borne by the owner, if any.
The Dog Warden shall have the right to examine any animal confined under the provisions of this article at any reasonable time, including daily examinations, for a period of 10 days after the animal has attacked or bitten any person, to ascertain whether the animal shows symptoms of rabies.
The Dog Warden may order the owner of a confined animal under the provisions of this article to have the animal examined by a licensed veterinarian on one or more occasions during the confinement, with any expense thereof to be borne by the owner, if any.
Regardless of whether the period of time from which the owner was directed to confine the animal has expired or not, no animal confined under the provisions of this article shall be released from quarantine until the Dog Warden issues a certificate of release. The certificate shall only be issued after either the person designated by the Dog Warden to examine the animal or a licensed veterinarian has certified in writing that the animal appears to be healthy and free from rabies.
Any rabid animals are hereby declared to be a nuisance.
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Any person violating any provision of § 248-1, 248-2, 248-3 or 248-4 of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be liable to a fine of not less than $5 nor more than $500, at the discretion of the Municipal Judge before whom such conviction shall be had.
The provisions of this article shall not be construed to restrict in any manner the powers and authority of the Readington Township Board of Health or the Township of Readington to control rabies in accordance with N.J.S.A. 26:4-78 et seq. or their authority to abate nuisances in accordance with N.J.S.A. 26:3-45 et seq.