Borough of Chambersburg, PA
Franklin County
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[Adopted 8-14-1991 by Ord. No. 91-8]
For the purposes of this article, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meanings given herein. When not inconsistent with the context, words used in the present tense include the future, words in the plural number include the singular number, and words in the singular number include the plural number. Any personal pronoun shall be construed so as to mean either the masculine, feminine or neuter gender, as the context may require, and the word "shall" is always mandatory and not merely precatory.
AT LARGE
Off the premises of its owner and not on a leash, tether, chain, rope or similar device, the overall length of which (including the hand grip) does not exceed six feet in length and which is held by a person able to control such dog; and not left unattended on a leash, tether, chain, rope or similar device, which is tied or otherwise fastened to any tree, parking meter, sign post or other item within the public right-of-way of any street, alley or other public property; unless while participating in an arranged dog training class, trial or exhibition.
[Added 10-25-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-18]
BOROUGH
The Borough of Chambersburg, Franklin County, Pennsylvania.
CONFINED
For the purposes of this article, in an indoor ventilated room, or within a humane and/or AKC-approved storage equipment or dog house; but, not otherwise in a drum, barrel, refrigerator or freezer regardless of the material of which the drum, barrel, refrigerator or freezer is constructed.
[Added 10-25-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-18]
CONTROL
For the purposes of this article, immediately adjacent to the dog and in a position to control its actions and conduct, or confined within the premises of the dog owner, firmly secured by means of a collar and chain or other device so that it cannot stray beyond the premises on which it is secured, or under the reasonable control and custody of the owner or keeper.
[Added 10-25-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-18]
DOG OWNER
Includes every person having a right of proprietorship or ownership in a dog; and every person who keeps or harbors a dog or has it in his care or custody; and every person who permits a dog to remain on or about any premises occupied by him; and the parents of any child under 18 years of age who owns or has the control and custody of a dog, regardless of whether any such dog is licensed or unlicensed.
OWNER
A person owning, leasing, occupying or having charge of any premises within the Borough.
NUISANCE
The unreasonable, unwarrantable or unlawful use of public or private property which causes injury, damage, hurt, inconvenience, annoyance or discomfort to any person in the legitimate enjoyment of his reasonable rights of person or property.
PERMIT
To suffer, allow, consent or let; to give leave or license; to acquiesce by failure to prevent; or to expressly accept or agree to the doing of any act.
PERSON
Any natural person, firm, partnership, association, corporation, company or organization of any kind.
A. 
Nuisance defined. With respect to dogs, a dog owner shall be presumed to have created or maintained a nuisance if he shall:
(1) 
Permit his dog to cause annoyance or discomfort to or to disturb the peace of the citizens, residents or other persons lawfully in the Borough by barking, yelping, howling or causing any other unseemly noise; or
(2) 
Permit his dog to make any loud or harsh noise or disturbance with such frequency as to interfere with or disturb the peace, quiet, rest, sleep or repose of any person within the Borough.
B. 
Presumptions.
(1) 
Disturbance of the peace; annoyance. It shall not be necessary to establish that any occurrence has lasted for any specific period of time in order to find a violation of this section. However, continuous barking, yelping, howling or the making of any loud or harsh noise by a dog for a period of 10 minutes, or the making of such noise intermittently for 1/2 hour or more, to the disturbance of any person any time of the day or night, shall give rise to the presumption that such dog has disturbed the peace and has caused the annoyance and discomfort of persons in the Borough; provided, however, that at the time the animal is making such noise no person is trespassing or threatening to trespass upon private property in or upon which the animal is situated or for any other legitimate cause which teased or provoked the animal.
(2) 
Permission. At the trial of any charge of violation of this section, if it shall be determined that a dog has disturbed the peace, quiet, rest, sleep or repose of any person within the Borough or has caused the annoyance or discomfort of such persons by barking, yelping, howling or causing any other unseemly noise as hereinbefore set forth, it shall be conclusively presumed that the dog owner has permitted the occurrence to have happened.
[Amended 10-25-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-18]
A. 
Method of serving notice. Prior to the issuance of a citation or the filing of a private criminal complaint for a violation of § 96-11 of this article, it shall be necessary to serve written notice upon the dog owner in one of the following ways:
(1) 
By mailing a copy of the notice to the dog owner by any form of mail requiring a receipt signed by the dog owner or his agent;
(2) 
By personal delivery of the notice to the dog owner;
(3) 
By handing a copy of the notice at the residence of the dog owner to an adult member of the family with which he resides, but if no adult member of the family is found, then to an adult person in charge of such residence; or
(4) 
By fixing a copy of the notice to the door at the entrance of the premises in violation.
B. 
Form to be provided. Notice required under this section must be given on a form to be prescribed and provided by the Borough.
C. 
Contents of notice. Notice shall set forth the name and address of the dog owner, if known; the nature and extent of the violation or offense; the period or periods of time over which the nuisance has occurred; the identity of the person giving notice; the date and time of the sending or posting of notice; and a statement to the effect that a citation may be issued or a private complaint filed if the nuisance is not abated within 24 hours of the time of receipt or posting of notice.
D. 
Duration of notice. Any notice given pursuant to this section shall be valid for a period of six months; within six months, no additional notice need be given prior to the issuance of a citation or the filing of a private complaint.
[Amended 10-25-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-18[1]]
A. 
A dog owner shall keep each dog in his/her custody, at all times, confined or under control, so that such dog cannot run at large.
B. 
A dog owner shall maintain control of each dog in his/her custody when upon public property or within the public rights-of-way, so that such dog cannot run at large.
[1]
Editor’s Note: This ordinance also redesignated former §§ 96-13 and 96-14 as §§ 96-14 and 96-15, respectively.
Any person found guilty of a violation of this article in a summary proceeding before a District Magistrate shall pay a fine of not more than $300 and the costs of prosecution and, in default of payment of such fine and costs of prosecution, shall be imprisoned for not more than 10 days, provided that each day's continuance of a violation shall constitute a separate offense.
The provisions of this article may be enforced:
A. 
By a law enforcement officer instituting summary proceedings by citation as provided by law; or
B. 
When the affiant is not a law enforcement officer, the affiant shall institute a criminal proceeding by filing a private complaint with the District Magistrate as provided by law.