Township of Delran, NJ
Burlington County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Delran as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Fees — See Ch. 150.
Noise — See Ch. 217.
Dogs in parks and playgrounds — See Ch. 231.
[Adopted by as Ch. XI of the 1993 Revised General Ordinances]
[Amended by Ord. No. 1991-7; Ord. No. 1992-15]
As used in this article, words herein defined shall have the following meanings:
ABANDONED
An owner or caregiver has forsaken a domesticated animal entirely, or has neglected or refused to provide care and support of the domesticated animal.
[Added 12-21-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-23]
ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER
Any person employed or appointed by the Township who is authorized to investigate violations of laws and regulations concerning animals, and to issue citations in accordance with New Jersey law and this Code.
[Added 12-21-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-23]
AT LARGE
A dog off the premises of the person owning, keeping or harboring it and not securely fastened to a tether, leash, cord or chain or the like, not to exceed eight feet in length, held by its owner or other person capable of controlling such dog.
CAREGIVER
Any person who provides food, water or shelter to or otherwise cares for a dog, cat or other domesticated animal.
[Added 12-21-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-23]
CAT
A domesticated carnivore, Felis domestica or F. catus, bred in a number of varieties.
CERTIFIED ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER
A person 18 years of age or older who has satisfactorily completed the course of study approved by the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services and the Police Training Commission as prescribed by paragraphs (1) through (3) of subsection a. of section 3 of P.L. 1983, c. 525 (N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.16a); or who has been employed in the State of New Jersey in the capacity of, and with similar responsibilities to those required of, a certified animal control officer pursuant to the provisions of P.L. 1983, c. 525 for a period of three years before January 17, 1987.
[Amended 8-7-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-25]
DOG
Any dog, bitch or spayed bitch.
DOG OR CAT OF LICENSING AGE
Any dog or cat which has attained the age of seven months or which possesses a set of permanent teeth.
DOMESTICATED ANIMAL
An animal that is socialized to humans and is appropriate as a companion for humans.
[Added 12-21-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-23]
EARTIPPING
Straight-line cutting of the tip of the left ear of a cat while the cat is anesthetized.
[Added 12-21-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-23]
FERAL CAT
A cat that exists in a wild or untamed state, either due to birth or reversion to a wild state from domestication. The usual and consistent temperament of a feral cat is extreme fear and resistance to contact with humans. Feral cats are completely or substantially unsocialized to humans.
[Added 12-21-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-23]
FERAL CAT COLONY
A group of cats that congregates, more or less, together as a unit. Although not every cat in a colony may be feral, any nonferal cats that congregate with a colony shall be deemed to be a part of it.
[Added 12-21-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-23]
KEEPER
Any person exercising control over a dog or cat or permitting a dog or cat to remain on premises under his or her control.
KENNEL
Any establishment wherein or whereon the business of boarding or selling dogs or cats or breeding of dogs or cats for sale is carried on, except a pet shop.
NUISANCE
Disturbing the peace by habitually or continually howling, crying or screaming; or by the habitual and significant destruction, desecration or soiling of property against the wishes of the owner of the property.
[Added 12-21-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-23]
OWNER
Any person, firm, corporation, partnership, association, trust, estate, or any other legal entity.
[Amended 12-21-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-23]
PET SHOP
Any room or group of rooms, cage or exhibition pen, not part of a kennel, wherein dogs or cats for sale are kept or displayed.
POUND
An establishment for the confinement of dogs or cats seized either under the provisions of this article or otherwise.
RESCUE GROUP
A for-profit or not-for-profit entity or a collaboration of individuals with at least one of its purposes being the adoption or placement of dogs, cats or other abandoned animals in homes with humans to serve as companion animals.
[Added 12-21-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-23]
SHELTER
Any establishment where dogs or cats are received, housed and distributed.
[Amended 8-7-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-25]
STRAY ANIMAL
A cat, dog or other domesticated animal that is regularly off the property of the owner, is not under the physical control and restraint of the owner and is not regularly provided with food by its owner.
[Added 12-21-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-23]
SUITABLE SHELTER
A shelter that provides protection from rain, sun, and other elements that is adequate to protect the health of an animal.
[Added 12-21-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-23]
TNR
Trap, neuter and return.
[Added 12-21-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-23]
TNR PROGRAM
An approved program pursuant to which feral and stray cats are trapped, neutered or spayed, vaccinated against rabies and returned to the location where they congregate.
[Added 12-21-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-23]
VICIOUS DOG
Any dog which has attacked or bitten any human being or which habitually attacks other dogs or domestic animals.
ZOONOTIC DISEASE
Those diseases transmittable to humans from animals, including parasitic, bacterial, fungal and viral diseases.
[Added 12-21-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-23]
[Amended by Ord. No. 1991-7]
A. 
License; when required. Licenses shall be required for the following dogs or cats of licensing age:
(1) 
Any dog or cat acquired and kept within the Township by any person on the first day of January of any calendar year.
(2) 
Any dog or cat acquired by any person during the course of any calendar year and kept within the Township for more than 10 days after acquisition.
(3) 
Any dog or cat attaining licensing age during the course of the calendar year.
(4) 
Any unlicensed dog or cat brought into the Township by any person and kept within the Township for more than 10 days.
(5) 
Any dog or cat licensed by another state and brought into the Township by any person and kept within the Township for more than 90 days.
B. 
Application for license.
(1) 
Each application for a dog or cat license under this article shall give the following information:
(a) 
A general description of the dog or cat sought to be licensed, including breed, sex, age, color and markings and whether the dog or cat is of a long- or short-haired variety.
(b) 
Name, street and post office address of the owner of, and the person who shall keep the dog or cat or harbor such dog or cat.
(2) 
Registration numbers shall be issued in the order in which applications are received.
C. 
Application for license; when made. Applications for licenses for dogs or cats which are required to be licensed by the provisions of Subsection A(1) shall be made before the first day of January of each calendar year, except for the case of three-year licenses, for which application shall be made before January 1 of the year of expiration. In all other cases, the application for a license shall be made within 10 days of the date upon which the dog or cat in question first becomes subject to the provisions of this section.
D. 
License record. The information on all applications under this article and the registration number issued to each licensed dog or cat shall be preserved for a period of three years by the Township Clerk. In addition, he or she shall forward similar information to the State Department of Health each month on forms furnished by the Department.
E. 
Fees.
(1) 
The person applying for a license shall pay the fees as set forth in § 150-3A for each dog and cat. The same fees shall be charged for annual renewal of each license.
(2) 
Any person who shall fail to pay the fees prescribed herein within the time provided shall pay an additional late charge fee, as set forth in § 150-3A.
F. 
Expiration date. Each dog and cat license and registration tag shall expire on the last day of January of the calendar year following the calendar year in which it was issued, except licenses issued for three years shall expire January 31 of the third calendar year following the year of issue.
G. 
Exceptions.
(1) 
The provisions of this section shall not apply to any dog licensed under § 80-3 of this article. 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" and dogs used to assist deaf persons and commonly known as "hearing ear" dogs shall be licensed in the same manner as other dogs, except that the owner shall not be required to pay any fee.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
(2) 
Only one license and registration tag shall be required in any licensing year for any dog or cat owned in New Jersey, and such license and tag issued by any other municipality of this state shall be accepted by the Township as evidence of compliance with Subsection A.
H. 
License forms and tags.
(1) 
License forms and uniform official metal registration tags shall be furnished by the Township Clerk. They shall be numbered serially and shall bear the year of issuance and the name of the Township.
(2) 
Identification tags shall have printed or stamped plainly "License, Township of Delran," the current year and a distinct, different number for each dog or cat. A careful record of each such number and the accompanying license shall be maintained by the domestic animal registrar, particularly for identifying lost, strayed or impounded dogs or cats. The shape of the identification tag shall be alternated each year, and upon satisfactory proof to the domestic animal registrar that a license tag has been lost, worn or damaged beyond further use or cannot be found, the domestic animal registrar shall issue to the same applicant, upon payment of a fee as set forth in § 150-3A, a new tag, but of a new and different number, and a notation of the transaction shall also be made on the office file for the number originally issued.
I. 
Required rabies inoculation.
(1) 
Dogs. All dogs kept in the Township are required to be inoculated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian every three years. Proof of such inoculation shall be presented upon application for a new dog license, or application for renewal of a dog license.
(2) 
Cats. All cats required to be licensed pursuant to the provisions of this article shall also be inoculated against rabies by August 1 of each year. A certificate demonstrating that the inoculation was performed shall be filed with the domestic animal registrar by August 1 of each year.
A. 
License required. Any person who keeps or operates or proposes to establish a kennel, pet shop, shelter or pound shall apply to the Township Council for a license entitling him or her to keep or operate such an establishment. Any person holding such a license shall not be required to secure individual licenses for dogs or cats owned by such licensee and kept at such establishments. Such licenses shall not be transferable to another owner or different premises.
[Amended by Ord. No. 1991-7]
B. 
Application information. The application shall contain the following information:
(1) 
The name and the permanent and local address of the applicant.
(2) 
The street address where the establishment is located, or proposed to be located, together with a general description of the premises.
(3) 
The purposes for which it shall be maintained.
(4) 
The maximum number of animals to be accommodated by each establishment at any one time.
C. 
Approval of health officer. No license shall be issued until the proposed licensee submits a written statement from the health officer of the Board of Health that the establishment, or proposed establishment, complies with the local and state rules governing the location of and sanitation at such establishment.
D. 
License term. All licenses issued for a kennel, pet shop, shelter or pound shall state the purpose for which the establishment is maintained, and all such licenses shall expire on June of each year.
E. 
License fees. The annual license fees for kennel and pet shop licenses shall be as set forth in § 150-3A.
F. 
Compliance with state regulations.
[Amended by Ord. No. 1991-7]
(1) 
All licenses issued for a kennel, pet shop, shelter or pound shall be subject to revocation by the Township Council on recommendation of the State Department of Health or the Board of Health of the Township of Delran for failure to comply with the rules and regulations of the State Department of Health or the Township Board of Health, after the owner has been afforded a hearing by either the State Department of Health or the Township Board of Health.
(2) 
Any person holding a license to establish, keep or operate a kennel, pet shop, shelter or pound shall comply with all Township ordinances and the rules and regulations promulgated by the State Department of Health governing the sanitary conduct and operation of kennels, pet shops, shelters and pounds, the preservation of sanitation therein, and the prevention of the spread of rabies and other diseases of dogs or cats within and from such establishments.
G. 
Report to State Health Department. The Township Clerk shall forward to the State Department of Health a list of all kennels, pet shops, shelters and pounds licensed within 30 days after the licenses therefor are issued, which list shall include the name and address of the licensee and the kind of license issued.
H. 
Control of dogs off premises. No dog kept in a kennel, pet shop, shelter or pound shall be permitted off such premises, except on a leash, in a crate or under other safe control.
[Amended by Ord. No. 1991-7]
A. 
License fees and other monies collected or received under the provisions of this article, except the registration tag fees and such other fees required to be sent directly to the state, shall be forwarded to the Treasurer of the Township within 30 days after collection or receipt, and shall be placed in a special account separate from any of the other accounts of the Township and shall be used for the following purposes only: collecting, keeping and disposing of dogs or cats liable to seizure under this article; local prevention and control of rabies; providing antirabies treatment under the direction of the local Board of Health for any person known or suspected to have been exposed to rabies; all other purposes prescribed by the statutes of New Jersey governing the subject; and for administering the provisions of this article. Any unexpended balance remaining in such special account shall be retained therein until the end of the third fiscal year following and may be used for any of the purposes set forth in this section. At the end of the third fiscal year following, and at the end of each fiscal year thereafter, there shall be transferred from such special account to the general funds of the Township any amount then in such account which is in excess of the total amount paid into the special account during the last two fiscal years next preceding.
B. 
The registration tag fee for each dog shall be forwarded within 30 days after collection by the Clerk of the State Department of Health.
The Animal Control Officer shall biennially cause a canvass to be made of all dogs owned, kept or harbored within the limits of the Township and shall report to the Township Clerk, the Board of Health of the Township and to the State Department of Health on or before September 1 of the year in which the census was taken the results thereof, setting forth in separate columns the names and addresses of persons owning, keeping or harboring dogs, the number of licensed dogs owned, kept or harbored by each person, together with the registration number of each dog; the number of unlicensed dogs owned, kept or harbored by each person together with a complete description of each licensed and unlicensed dog.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
A. 
Defined. Any dog which has attacked or bitten any human being or which habitually attacks other dogs or domestic animals or fowl is hereby defined to be a vicious dog for the purposes of this section.
[Amended by Ord. No. 1992-15]
B. 
Determination of viciousness; notice; hearing. It shall be the duty of the certified Animal Control Officer and/or the Police Department to receive and investigate complaints against dogs, and when any dog complained against shall be deemed by the certified Animal Control Officer and/or the Police Department to be a vicious dog, as herein defined, the certified Animal Control Officer and/or the Police Department shall report the fact to the Municipal Judge of the Township of Delran, who shall thereupon cause the owner or person harboring such dog to be notified, in writing, of the complaint against such dog and to appear before the Municipal Judge at a stated time and place. The Municipal Judge shall thereafter hold a hearing within a reasonable period of time and shall make a determination in accordance with the evidence present. If the Judge determines the dog to be vicious, he or she may then, at his or her discretion, order the dog to be restricted to the property of its owner, be securely muzzled and leashed when off the owner's property or be destroyed by the Animal Control Officer in the manner approved by the statutes of the State of New Jersey.
[Amended by Ord. No. 1992-15]
C. 
Impoundment. In the event a vicious dog or any other dog has attacked, bitten or injured a human being, the Animal Control Officer shall impound the biting dog for a period of 10 days, or may order the owner of the dog, if the owner is known, to quarantine the dog on his or her premises, with his or her liability for custody, or in a veterinary clinic for a period of 10 days. At the end of the ten-day period, any dog under impoundment or quarantine shall be examined by a licensed veterinarian only, who shall ascertain that the dog is free of rabies and issue a certificate to the dog's condition to the owner and to the Animal Control Officer or health officer of the Township for release authorization.
D. 
Owner responsibility.
(1) 
If there are any absorbed costs to the Township for such quarantine or impoundment, the owner of the dog shall be liable to pay the cost of maintenance, redemption fees and charges and veterinarian fees, if any, expended by the Township. The owner of the dog which has attacked, bitten or injured any person, or caused any suffering or injury to a person without the victim's contributing negligence, may be liable for recovery or compensation for any suffering or injuries resulting from the dog attack, bite or physical threat.
(2) 
The intent of this section, however, is not to make an owner liable for any suffering or injury inflicted by a dog which did not have vicious propensities to attack or bite, such viciousness not being known to the owner, where the victim's own carelessness and provocative conduct was a contributory cause or factor in the mischance.
(3) 
In the event of any dog biting a person is in or on a public place or lawfully on or in a private place, including the property of the owner of a dog, N.J.S.A. 4:19-16 shall be applied.
(4) 
For purposes of this subsection or any subsection under the terms of this section and/or amendment thereto, a person is lawfully upon private property of the owner when that person is on the property in the performance of any duty imposed upon him or her by the laws of the state or the laws of postal regulations of the United States of America, or any corporation authorized to act as a postal authority, or when such person is on such property of the owner by invitation, either expressed or implied.
E. 
Control of vicious dogs. A person may keep a vicious dog for protection of his or her home and property, but if he or she does so, he or she shall be bound to exercise a degree of care commensurate with the danger to others which will follow if the dog escapes from his or her control, in order that it will not injure anyone who does not lawfully provoke or intermeddle with the dog. No person owning or keeping a dog which has been determined to be a vicious dog shall permit such dog to be off the property of the owner or keeper without being securely muzzled and leashed.
[Amended by Ord. No. 1991-7]
A. 
Causes for impounding. The Animal Control Officer and the Police Department shall take into custody and impound, or cause to be taken into custody and impounded, any of the following dogs or cats, and thereafter destroy or dispose of the same as provided in this section:
[Amended by Ord. No. 1992-15]
(1) 
Any unlicensed dog or cat, or dog running at large in violation of the provisions of this article.
(2) 
Any dog off the premises of the owner or the person keeping or harboring such dog which the Animal Control Officer has reason to believe is a stray dog.
(3) 
Any dog or cat off the premises of the owner or the person keeping or harboring such dog or cat without a current registration tag on its collar.
(4) 
Any female dog or cat in season off the premises of the owner or the person keeping or harboring such dog or cat.
(5) 
Any dog which has been determined to be a vicious dog as provided in § 80-6, provided that such dog may also be seized by any public officer, and provided further that if such dog cannot be seized with safety, he or she may be killed.
B. 
Access to premises. Any officer or agent authorized or empowered to perform any duty under this article is hereby authorized to go upon any premises to seize for impounding any dog which he or she may lawfully seize and impound when such officer is in immediate pursuit of such dog or cat, except upon the premises of the owner of the dog or cat if the owner is present and forbids the same.
C. 
Notice of seizure.
(1) 
If any dog or cat so seized wears a registration tag, collar or harness having inscribed thereon or attached thereto the name and address of any person, or the owner or the person keeping or harboring the dog or cat is known, the Animal Control Officer shall immediately serve on the person whose address is given on the collar or on the person owning, keeping or harboring the dog or cat, a notice, in writing, stating that the dog or cat has been seized and will be liable to be offered for adoption or destroyed if not claimed within seven days after service of the notice.
(2) 
A notice under this section may be served either by delivering it to the person on whom it is to be served, or by leaving it at the person's usual or last known place of abode, or at the address given on the dog's or cat's collar, or by forwarding it by mail in a prepaid letter addressed to that person at his or her usual or last known place of abode or to the address given on the collar.
D. 
Disposition of unclaimed dogs and cats.
(1) 
The Animal Control Officer of the Township is authorized and empowered to cause the destruction of any unclaimed dog or cat, in as humane a manner as possible, or offer same for adoption under any of the following contingencies:
(a) 
When any dog or cat so seized has not been claimed by the person owning, keeping or harboring such dog or cat within seven days of the dog's or cat's detention when notice cannot be given, as set forth in the previous subsection.
(b) 
If the person owning, keeping or harboring any dog or cat so seized has not claimed the dog or cat and has not paid all expenses incurred by reason of its detention, including maintenance, as set forth in § 150-3A.
(c) 
If the seized dog or cat is unlicensed at the time of its seizure and the person owning, keeping or harboring such dog or cat has not produced a license and registration tag as provided in this article.
(2) 
The preceding requirements of Subsection D(1)(a), (b) and (c) of this section shall not be deemed applicable when any dog or cat seized and impounded, pursuant to Subsection A, whether licensed or unlicensed, is, or appears to be, suffering from rabies, is immediately dangerous to the public, or has been so badly injured that it cannot be moved or helped by veterinarian care. In such case, the Animal Control Officer, or any member of the Police Department, may forthwith cause such dog or cat to be destroyed.
E. 
Reports and records of disposal of dogs and cats. A report of all dogs and cats disposed of pursuant to this section shall be promptly filed with the Township Administrator or any other person appointed by the Township Council for that purpose, who shall keep a proper and complete record in a substantially bound book.
F. 
Redemption.
(1) 
No dog or cat shall be returned to the owner or claimant of such dog or cat unless the dog or cat shall have a current license and shall have complied with the rabies inoculations requirements as hereinafter provided and the owner has paid the fees required.
(2) 
Any redemption of a dog or cat pursuant to the provisions of this section shall not be deemed to discharge or release the owner thereof from the penalties prescribed for any violation of this article.
No person shall own, keep or harbor a dog or cat in the Township of Delran, except in compliance with the provisions of this article and following regulations:
A. 
Wearing of registration tags. All dogs and cats for which licenses are required by the provisions of this article to be licensed shall wear a collar or harness with the registration tag securely fastened thereto.
[Amended by Ord. No. 1991-7]
B. 
Use of registration tags. No person, except an officer in the performance of his or her duties, shall remove a registration tag from the collar of any dog or cat without the consent of the owner, nor shall any person attach a registration tag to a dog or cat for which it was not issued.
[Amended by Ord. No. 1991-7]
C. 
Interference with official duties. No person shall hinder, molest or interfere with anyone authorized or empowered to perform any duty under this article.
D. 
Disturbing the peace. No person shall own, keep, harbor or maintain any dog which habitually barks or cries so as to disturb others.
E. 
Running at large. No person owning, keeping or harboring any dog shall suffer or permit it to run at large upon the public streets or in any public park, or upon private property other than that of the owner, or any other public place within the Township.
F. 
Leashing of dogs. No person owning, keeping or harboring any dog shall suffer or permit it to be upon the public streets or in any of the public places of the Township unless such dog is accompanied by a person over the age of seven years and is securely confined and controlled by an adequate leash not more than six feet long.
G. 
Property damage. No person owning, keeping or harboring a dog or cat shall suffer or permit it to do any injury, or to do any damage to any lawn, shrubbery, flowers, grounds or property.
[Amended by Ord. No. 1991-7]
H. 
All persons owning, harboring, keeping, walking or in charge of any dog or other pet shall comply in all respects with the provisions of Chapter 303, Stormwater Management, or be subject to the penalties set forth in that Chapter 303. On the property of any person owning, harboring, keeping, walking or in charge of any dog or other pet, such person shall maintain the property in a sanitary manner free from noxious odors and waste, attraction to vermin, or any other public nuisance to neighbors or others.[1]
[Amended by Ord. No. 1992-15; 8-17-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-23]
[1]
Editor's Note: See also Ch. 330, Art. III, Pet Waste.
I. 
Penned dogs and other animals. Dogs, cats and other animals which are penned outside of the home shall be adequately housed in shelters of appropriate size for the size of the animals. Adequate food and water shall be provided for the animals.
[Amended by Ord. No. 1991-7]
J. 
Female dogs and cats. A female dog or cat in heat shall be kept confined to the house or a pen. When she is walked or exercised she must be on a leash and controlled by a responsible adult. During the period a female dog or cat is in heat, such dog or cat shall not be chained or tied in an open yard or area at any time.
[Amended by Ord. No. 1991-7]
A. 
Violations. For violation of any of the regulations under this article, complaints may be filed by either citizens, the Animal Control Officer or police for the violation of any of such regulations on either public or private property.
[Amended by Ord. No. 1991-7]
B. 
Penalties.
[Amended by Ord. No. 1992-15]
(1) 
Any person who violates any provisions of this article, upon conviction thereof, shall be subject to the penalties set forth in § 1-5, Violations and penalties, of this Code, for each and every offense.
[Amended 8-7-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-25]
(2) 
A separate violation shall be deemed to be committed on each day during or on which a violation occurs or continues.
[Added 12-21-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-23]
A. 
Feral cat colonies shall be permitted and caregivers shall be entitled to maintain them in accordance with the terms and conditions of this article.
B. 
Sponsorship of colony TNR programs. The Burlington County Feral Cat Initiative program, a nonprofit animal education organization in existence to guide townships in the County of Burlington to oversee TNR programs as a cost-effective and proven solution for the compassionate reduction of feral cat populations, is approved. Persons may apply to the Township to serve as colony TNR program sponsors ("sponsors") so long as said persons agree to perform the responsibilities stated in this article for sponsors.
C. 
Sponsor requirements. It shall be the duty of the sponsor to:
(1) 
Review and approve of colony caregivers;
(2) 
Help to resolve any complaints over the conduct of a colony caregiver or of cats within a colony;
(3) 
Maintain records provided by colony caregivers on the size and location of the colonies as well as the vaccination and spay/neuter records of cats in the sponsor's colonies; and
(4) 
Report annually to the Township on the following:
(a) 
Number of colonies in the Township;
(b) 
Total number of cats in colonies;
(c) 
Number of cats and kittens spayed and neutered pursuant to the TNR program; and
(d) 
Number of cats and kittens placed in permanent homes.
(5) 
Use due consideration to avoid the taking of rare, threatened or endangered species under the Endangered and Nongame Species Conservation Act, N.J.S.A. 23:2A-1 et seq.
D. 
Feral cat caregiver requirements. Caregivers are responsible for the following:
(1) 
Complete the necessary training requirements of the Burlington County Feral Cat Initiative program to qualify as a caregiver;
(2) 
Registering the feral cat colony with the sponsor;
(3) 
Taking steps that are reasonably likely to result in the vaccination of the colony population for rabies and making reasonable efforts to update the vaccinations on cats that can be recaptured;
(4) 
Taking steps that are reasonably likely to result in the spay/neuter, by a licensed veterinarian, of at least 90% of the colony population;
(5) 
Providing the sponsor with descriptions of each cat in the colony and copies of documents evidencing that the cats have been vaccinated and spayed/neutered;
(6) 
Providing food, water and, if feasible, shelter for colony cats;
(7) 
Observing the colony cats at least twice per week and keeping a record of any illnesses or unusual behavior noticed in any colony cats;
(8) 
Obtaining the approval of the owner of any property to which the caregiver requires access to provide colony care;
(9) 
In the event that kittens are born to a colony cat, the caregiver shall take reasonable steps likely to result in the removal of the kittens from the colony after they have been weaned, and the placement of the kittens in homes or foster homes for the purpose of subsequent permanent placement;
(10) 
Reporting annually, in writing, to the sponsor on the status of the colony, including data on the number and gender of all cats in the colony, the number of cats that died or otherwise ceased being a part of the colony during the year, the number of kittens born to colony cats and their disposition and the number of cats and kittens placed in permanent homes as companion cats; and
(11) 
Obtaining proper medical attention for any colony cat that appears to require it.
E. 
Colony cat requirements.
(1) 
The left ear of a colony cat that has been spayed or neutered and vaccinated shall be eartipped.
(2) 
An electronic animal identification device (EAID) shall be inserted into the cat by a veterinarian in accordance with professional medical standards. The sponsor shall be the named contact for purposes of the EAID.
F. 
Disposition of colony cats.
(1) 
An Animal Control Officer who has trapped a cat whose left ear has been tipped or which bears some other distinguishing mark indicating that it belongs to a feral cat colony shall transport the cat to the Burlington County Animal Shelter, where the cat will be scanned for an EAID. If an EAID is found, the registered owner, caregiver or sponsor identified in the EAID microchip registry will be contacted and advised the cat is located at the Burlington County Animal Shelter.
(2) 
The owner, caregiver or sponsor shall be responsible for retrieving the cat from the Burlington County Animal Shelter within three business days or advising the shelter if the owner or sponsor does not intend to retrieve the cat.
A. 
The Township shall have the following rights:
(1) 
The right to seize or remove from a colony cats that have not been vaccinated against rabies and which are demonstrating signs of the disease;
(2) 
The right to seize/remove from a colony a cat that is creating a nuisance as defined above and the caregiver and sponsor have been given 60 days to remove and relocate the cat and have failed to do so;
(3) 
The right to seize or to remove a colony of cats when the caregiver regularly fails to comply with the requirements of § 80-9.1 above, and the sponsor has not been able to obtain a replacement or substitute caregiver within 60 days of the Township's notice to the sponsor of the caregiver's failure to comply with this article; and
(4) 
The right to fine a caregiver if four or more of the caregiver's colony's cats are trapped within any six-month period. The fine imposed shall not exceed $100 for a first offense and $200 for a subsequent offense.
B. 
The requirements of this article notwithstanding, Animal Control officers and police officers may investigate any nuisance complaint.
[Added 12-21-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-24]
A. 
It is unlawful for any person to feed feral cats on any property owned by the Township of Delran.
B. 
Any person who violates the provisions of this section shall be guilty of an infraction and shall be fined in a sum not to exceed $300.
[Adopted by Ord. No. 2003-23 (Sec. 4-14.12 of the 1993 Revised General Ordinances)]
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Editor's Note: See also Ch. 330, Art. IV, Wildlife Feeding.
No person shall feed, cause to be fed or provide food for wild waterfowl on any private or public lands within the Township of Delran.
This article shall not be construed to prohibit humane acts towards wild waterfowl in individual cases, such as the temporary nurturing of a wounded bird on one's own premises.