[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough of Rutherford Council 9-4-1991 by Ord. No. 2620-91. Amendments noted where applicable.]
For the purposes of this chapter, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meaning given herein:
- ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER
- Any person or agency designated by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Rutherford or authorized by law to enforce the provisions of this chapter.
- Any member of the domestic feline species, male, female or neutered.
- CAT OF LICENSING AGE
- Any cat which has attained the age of four months or which possesses a set of permanent teeth.
- LICENSING AUTHORITY
- The Police Department of the Borough of Rutherford or any persons designated by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Rutherford who shall be charged with administering the issuance and revocation of permits and licenses under the provisions of this chapter.
- Rendered permanently incapable of reproduction as certified by a licensed veterinarian.
- When applied to the proprietorship of a cat, includes every person having a right of property or custody in such cat and every person who has such cat in his or her keeping or who harbors or maintains a cat or knowingly permits a cat to remain on or about any premises occupied by that person.
- Any individual, corporation, partnership, organization or institution commonly recognized by law as a unit.
- Inoculation against rabies performed by a licensed veterinarian, or such other person permitted by law to do the same under the supervision of a veterinarian, in accordance with the latest Compendium of Animal Rabies Vaccines and Recommendation for Immunization published by the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians.
- Any person licensed to practice veterinary medicine by any state of the United States.
No person shall be the owner of a cat of licensing age within the Borough of Rutherford unless such cat is licensed and has a vaccination which was administered within the last 365 days or for which a valid vaccination certificate has been issued with an expiration date occurring in the future. The provisions of this section do not apply to cats held in a veterinary establishment where cats are received or kept for diagnostic, medical, surgical or other treatments.
A certificate of vaccination shall be issued to the owner of each cat which has been administered a vaccination in a form recommended by the State of New Jersey.
Any cat may be exempted from the requirements of such vaccination for a specified period of time by the Borough of Rutherford Department of Health upon presentation of a veterinarian's certificate stating that, because of an infirmity or other physical condition or regimen of therapy, a vaccination of such cat shall be deemed inadvisable.
Any owner of a cat of licensing age shall apply for and procure from the Borough of Rutherford Police Department or other officials designated by the Borough Administrator a license for each cat owned, except as provided below. The license number shall be displayed on any licensed cat. Acceptable methods of displaying the license number shall include, but are not limited to, an official license tag or sleeve securely affixed to a breakaway or elastic collar. License tags or sleeves are not transferable. If a cat is tattooed with the owner's social security number plus a letter uniquely identifying such cat and such identifying tattoo is listed on the license application and vaccine certificate, then no license number need be displayed.
The owner of any newly acquired cat of licensing age, or of any cat which attains licensing age, shall make application for a license for such cat within 10 days after such acquisition or age attainment. This requirement will not apply to a nonresident keeping a cat within the Borough of Rutherford for no longer than 30 days.
Any person who shall bring or cause to be brought into the Borough of Rutherford any cat, and shall keep the same or permit the same to be kept within the Borough of Rutherford for a period of more than 30 days, shall immediately apply for a license for such cat, unless otherwise exempted under this chapter.
The application shall state the breed, sex, age, color and markings of the cat for which the license is sought and whether it is of a long- or short-haired variety; the date on which such cat was last vaccinated against rabies and the expiration date of such vaccination; the name, street, post office address and telephone number of the owner; the person who shall keep or harbor such cat, and any tattoo which shall be used to identify such cat. The information on said application and the registration number issued for the cat shall be preserved for a period of three years by the Borough of Rutherford Police Department or other officials designated to license cats.
License forms and official tags or sleeves shall be furnished by the Borough of Rutherford, shall be numbered serially and shall bear the year of issuance and the name of the Borough of Rutherford.
The Borough of Rutherford Police Department or other official designated by the Mayor and Council to license cats shall not grant any such license for any cat, unless the owner thereof provides evidence that the cat to be licensed has been vaccinated or has been certified exempt as provided by § 20A-2 of this chapter.
Applications for the renewal of a license under this chapter shall be made in the month immediately prior to the expiration date of the current license.
Proof of licensing shall be produced by any owner of a cat upon the request of any health official, police officer or animal control officer.
No person shall hinder, molest or interfere with anyone authorized or empowered to perform any duty under this chapter.
[Amended 9-14-2004 by Ord. No. 3062-04]
The applicants shall pay an annual fee of $7 per year for a license for each neutered and nonneutered cat owned, kept or harbored. If a license tag is misplaced or lost, the Police Department may issue a duplicate license for that particular cat for a fee of $6. The fees shall not be apportioned pro rata.
Management of domestic animals known or suspected to have been bitten by a known or suspected rabid animal of unknown origin shall be quarantined in accordance with Title 26 of the New Jersey Statutes Annotated. The owner of a cat evidencing a change in disposition or illness suggesting it may be rabid may be required to have such cat examined by an approved veterinarian. Any cost incurred in quarantining such cat or for the veterinary service examination shall be paid for by the owner or harborer of such cat or cats.
License fees and other moneys collected or received under the provisions of this chapter shall be forwarded to the Borough Treasurer and shall be placed in a special account separate from any of the other accounts of the Borough and shall be used for the purposes provided by law.
The Chief of Police of the Borough shall annually, during the months of July and August, cause a canvass of all cats owned, kept or harbored within the limits of the Borough and shall report to the Borough Clerk. Borough of Rutherford Department of Health and, if required by law, to the State Department of Health the result thereof, setting forth the names and addresses of persons owning, keeping or harboring such cats; the number of licensed cats owned, kept or harbored by each of said persons, together with the license numbers of said cats; and also setting forth the names and addresses of persons owning, keeping or harboring unlicensed cats, the number of unlicensed cats owned, kept or harbored by each said person, together with a complete description of each unlicensed cat.
The Borough Clerk shall publish a notice reminding cat owners to make application for said cat license during the month in which cat licenses expire.
Any person found guilty of violating any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine not to exceed the sum of $25 for each offense.