[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Health of the Township of Hanover 12-22-1952. Sections 292-1 and 292-9 amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 281, General Provisions, Board of Health, Art. I. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 10-14-1988 by Ord. No. BHI-88]
It shall be unlawful from the date of the adoption of this chapter for any person, firm, association, partnership or corporation to raise or maintain any mink or minks within the Township of Hanover without first having procured from the Board of Health of the Township of Hanover a license for that purpose. Said license shall allow the holder thereof to have, keep, raise or maintain on the premises mentioned in said license not more than four mink, except as hereinafter provided.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- MINK RANCH OR FARM
- Any premises within the corporate limits of the Township of Hanover, County of Morris, where four or fewer mink are raised, grown, kept and maintained.
Any person, firm, association, partnership or corporation desiring a license to operate, conduct or maintain a mink ranch or mink farm or who desires to raise mink shall file with the Health Officer of the Township of Hanover in the County of Morris a written application, signed by the applicant or applicants, which shall state:
The name and residence of the applicant and, if a firm, association or partnership, the names and addresses of the members thereof and, if a corporation, the names and addresses of the stockholders, directors and officers thereof, together with the name and address of its registered agent and the address of its principal office.
The location of the premises, giving a full description thereof, at which it is proposed to operate, conduct or maintain a mink ranch, mink farm or the raising of mink and whether the applicant or applicants own or lease such premises.
An agreement by the applicant or applicants that, should the license be issued to him, her, them or it, he, she. they or it will accept such license upon condition that it may be suspended or revoked by the Board of Health for cause after five days' notice of hearing before said Board of Health, which right of suspension or revocation for cause the applicant, by acceptance of the license, agrees is vested in said Board of Health.
An agreement by the applicant or applicants permitting inspection of the premises at reasonable times and within reasonable hours by the Health Officer of the Township of Hanover, whose judgment as to conditions pertaining to the applicant's or applicants' conduct of his, her, its or their mink ranch or mink farm or place to raise mink and as to the applicant's or applicants' compliance with this chapter, approved by the Board of Health, shall be determinative of the applicant's or applicants' compliance with this chapter.
All applications for a license pursuant to this chapter shall be submitted by the Secretary of the Board of Health to the Board of Health of the Township of Hanover in the County of Morris for approval by it, and no license may be issued by said Secretary of the Board of Health unless first approved by the Board of Health aforesaid, which approval shall be based upon the location, suitability and fitness of the premises for use as a mink ranch or mink farm or place to raise mink and the compliance of said premises with the existing Zoning Ordinance of the Township of Hanover in the County of Morris.
[Amended 2-10-1993 by Ord. No. BH2-93]
A license fee as provided in Chapter 284, Fees, of the Code of the Township of Hanover shall be paid for such license, which license is to run for one year from January 1 to December 31 next, and any license obtained during said period shall be subject to a full charge and shall expire on the 31st day of December of the year in which issued. Such license, however, shall not be transferable to any person or to any other premises, but shall expire as of course upon a transfer of ownership of the licensed premises.
If said mink are kept for breeding purposes and a litter is obtained from said breeding, the number in said litter shall be immediately reported to the Health Officer of the Township of Hanover, and said litter shall be disposed of in order to reduce the number of mink to four or fewer within nine months after said litter is born.
The applicant or applicants to whom a license pursuant to this chapter is granted shall comply with all applicable statutes, ordinances and regulations now existing or hereafter promulgated and with the following rules and regulations and such rules and regulations as may be subsequently established:
All mink shall be raised off the ground to allow for the proper cleaning and disinfecting of the area.
The area beneath which the mink are raised shall be disinfected with an effective disinfectant at least once in each week and shall be limed at least once each month.
Refuse and manure shall be removed daily from the grounds above which the mink are raised and shall be properly buried.
All food fed to mink which is not consumed, as well as spoiled food, shall be removed daily and shall be properly buried.
Proper fly and rodent control shall be maintained.
Mink raising shall be conducted in such manner so as not to constitute a nuisance, the constitution of which shall be determined by the Board of Health.
The record of such license, when issued, shall be kept by the Board of Health of the Township of Hanover in the County of Morris. The license shall be subject to revocation for the violation of any law, rule or regulation existing or promulgated at the time of the adoption of this chapter or subsequently established.
[Amended 10-14-1988 by Ord. No. BH1-88]
Any person, firm, association, partnership or corporation violating this chapter, in addition to the suspension or revocation of the license as hereinabove provided, shall be subject to a fine, upon conviction before the local Judge who shall have jurisdiction over any violation of this chapter, of not less than $2 and not more than $500 in the discretion of the Judge imposing the same.