[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Riverdale as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 12-21-1953 by Ord. No. 86]
Any person who shall own, keep or harbor a dog of licensing age, as defined in Chapter 151 of the Laws of 1941 of the State of New Jersey, shall, in the month of January of each year, apply for a license and registration tag for each such dog; any person who shall keep or operate a kennel, pet shop, shelter or pound shall, in the month of January of each year, apply for a license to do so; such license and registration tags shall be issued pursuant to and in accordance with the provisions of said statute and all dogs shall be licensed and controlled in the manner provided for in said statute and subject to all of the provisions thereof.
Editor's Note: Repealed by L. 1973, c. 263, § 2, effective 11-28-1973. See now N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.2a.
[Amended 12-1-66 by Ord. No. 6-66; 11-4-1976 by Ord. No. 11-76; 12-18-1979 by Ord. No. 11-79; 12-21-1981 by Ord. No. 11-81; 2-21-2012 by Ord. No. BOH 1-2012]
The following license fees are hereby established:
The annual license fee for the licensing of dogs shall be $15 for spayed or neutered dogs and $20 for nonspayed or unneutered dogs. The dog owner shall submit a certificate signed by a licensed veterinarian stating that the dog has been spayed or neutered to receive the reduced license fee.
A late registration penalty of $10 shall be charged from March 1 until the last day of March, and an additional fee of $5 per month shall be charged for each calendar month beginning with April 1 that the required license and metal registration tag is not obtained.
The fee for a license for a potentially dangerous dog authorized pursuant to N.J.S.A. 4:19-31 is hereby established at $100, which fee is intended to recognize the cost to the municipality of monthly inspections pursuant to N.J.S.A. 4:19-32 and administrative costs related to the enforcement of this section.
The Borough Council may hereafter by resolution establish a dog pound and may also appoint a Dog Warden, who shall hold office for such length of time, perform such duties and receive such compensation as the Council may hereafter by resolution from time to time determine. Any dog taken into custody and impounded, as provided in said statute, shall be kept in said pound, if established, or in any private pound, or with some person or persons hereafter by resolution designated by the Borough Council, in the manner provided for and subject to the provisions of said statute.
Any Dog Warden appointed hereunder shall be vested the same power and authority with which a special police officer of the Borough of Riverdale is vested, including the power and authority to apprehend offenders and to execute and serve process, except that he shall exercise such power and authority only in connection with the performance of his duties under the within chapter.
No person owning, keeping or harboring any dog, whether of licensing age or not, and whether licensed or not, shall suffer or permit such dog to run at large anywhere within the limits of the Borough of Riverdale. Any dog not secured by a leash, not confined or not under control of the owner, keeper or harborer, shall be considered to have been suffered or permitted by its owner, keeper or harborer to run at large and the owner, keeper or harborer of such dog shall be prima facie guilty of a violation of this section. The provisions of this section shall not apply to any dogs running at large on the premises of the person owning, keeping or harboring any such dog, nor to running dogs while hunting or training for hunting.
No person owning, keeping or harboring any dog, whether of licensing age or not, or whether licensed or not, shall suffer or permit such dog to do any injury or damage to the lawn, shrubbery, grounds or property of another within the Borough of Riverdale. The owner, keeper or harborer of any dog which does injury to or damages the lawn, shrubbery, grounds or property of another within said borough shall be prima facie guilty of a violation of this section.
[Amended 9-21-1992 by Ord. No. 4-92]
Any person found guilty of violating or failing to comply with any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine of not more than $1,000 for each violation or imprisonment for a term not to exceed 90 days, or both.