Borough of Seaside Heights, NJ
Ocean County
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Table of Contents
[Amended 8-20-2003 by Ord. No. 03-26; 2-16-2003 by Ord. No. 05-05]
A. 
Vaccination and license requirements. No person shall own, keep, harbor or maintain any dog over seven months of age within the borough unless such dog is vaccinated and licensed. The provisions of this section do not apply to dogs held in a room or group of rooms, cage or exhibition pen not part of a kennel wherein dogs for sale are kept or displayed, or those held by a state or federal licensed research facility or a veterinary establishment where dogs are received or kept for diagnostic, medical, surgical or other treatments or licensed animal shelters, pounds. kennels or pet shops.
B. 
Vaccination. All dogs shall be vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian in accordance with the latest Compendium of Animal Rabies Vaccines and Recommendations for Immunization published by the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians, except as provided for in § 29-3D.
C. 
Vaccination certificate. A certificate of vaccination shall be issued to the owner of each animal vaccinated on a form recommended by the state.
D. 
Exemptions. Any dog may be exempted from the requirement of such vaccination for a specified period of time by the local Board of Health upon presentation of a veterinarian’s certificate stating that, because of an infirmity or other physical condition or regimen of therapy, the inoculation of such dog shall be deemed inadvisable.
A. 
Dogs must have license number displayed. Any person who shall own, keep or harbor a dog of licensing age shall annually apply for and procure from the Borough Clerk or other official designated by the governing body to license dogs in the borough a license and official registration tag with a license number or a registration sleeve for each dog so owned, kept or harbored and shall place upon such dog a collar or other device with the license number securely fastened thereto or displayed thereon. Acceptable methods of displaying the license number shall include, but are not limited to, breakaway or elastic collars. License tags or sleeves are nontransferable.
B. 
Time for applying for license. The owner of any newly acquired dog of licensing age, or of any dog which attains licensing age, shall make application for a license tag or sleeve for such dog within 10 days after such acquisition or age attainment.
C. 
Dogs brought into jurisdiction.
(1) 
Licensed. Any person who shall bring or cause to be brought into this borough any dog licensed in another state for the current year and bearing a registration tag or sleeve, and shall keep same or permit same to be kept within the borough for a period of more than 90 days, shall immediately apply for a license and registration tag or sleeve for each such dog.
(2) 
Unlicensed. Any person who shall bring or cause to be brought into this borough any unlicensed dog, and shall keep same or permit same to be kept within the borough for a period of more than 10 days, shall immediately apply for a license and registration tag or sleeve for each such dog.
D. 
Application, contents, preservation of information. The application shall state the breed, sex, age, color and markings of the dog for which license and registration are sought and also the name, street and post office address of the owner and the person who shall keep or harbor such dog. The information on said application and the registration number issued for the dog shall be preserved for a period of three years by the Borough Clerk or other local official designated to license dogs in the municipality.
E. 
License forms and tags. License forms and official tags or sleeves shall be furnished by the municipality and shall be numbered serially and shall bear the year of issuance and the name of the municipality.
F. 
Evidence of inoculation with rabies vaccine or certification of exemption; requirement for license. The Borough Clerk or other official designated by the governing body of the borough to license dogs therein shall not grant any such license and official registration tag or sleeve for any dog unless the owner thereof provides evidence that the dog to be licensed and registered has been inoculated with a rabies vaccine of a type approved by and administered in accordance with the recommendations of the United States Department of Health Human Services or has been certified exempt as provided by § 29-3D of this chapter. The rabies inoculation shall be administered by a duly licensed veterinarian or by such other veterinarian permitted by law to do the same.
G. 
Fees. The registration fee for every dog of licensing age shall be $11.00, unless the dog is spayed or neutered, in which case the fee shall be $8. Of the above fees, the borough’s portion shall be $6.80 and the remainder of the funds shall go to the State of New Jersey as required by N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.1 et seq.
H. 
Payment of fees; renewal fee; expiration; licenses from other municipalities.
(1) 
The person applying for the license and registration tag and/or sleeve shall pay the fee fixed or authorized. The fee for the renewal of the license and registration tag or sleeve shall be the same as for the original, and said license, registration tag or sleeve and renewal thereof shall expire on March 31 of the following year. The license year shall run from April 1 through March 31 of each succeeding year.
(2) 
Only one license and registration tag or sleeve shall be required in the licensing year for any dog in the borough. Valid licenses from another New Jersey municipality shall be accepted. Any valid New Jersey license tag or sleeve issued by a New Jersey municipality shall be accepted by the Borough as evidence of compliance.
I. 
Proof of licensing. Proof of licensing shall be produced by any person owning, keeping, maintaining or harboring a dog upon the request of any health official, police officer, animal control officer or other authorized person.
J. 
Interfering with persons performing duties under this chapter. No person shall hinder, molest or interfere with anyone authorized or empowered to perform any duty under this chapter.
K. 
Disposition of fees collected.
(1) 
License fees and other moneys collected or received under the provisions of this chapter shall be forwarded to the Chief Financial Officer of the Borough and shall be placed in a special account separate from any of the other accounts of the municipality and shall be used for the following purposes only:
(a) 
Collecting, keeping and disposing of dogs liable to seizure for local prevention and control of rabies.
(b) 
Providing anti-rabies treatment under the direction of the local Board of Health for any person known or suspected to have been exposed to rabies.
(c) 
Administering the provisions of this chapter.
(2) 
Any unexpended balance remaining in such special account shall be retained 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 municipality 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.
L. 
Disclosure as to debarked or silenced dog.
(1) 
No Borough Clerk or other official designated by the governing body of the Borough to license dogs therein shall grant any such license and official metal registration tag for any dog unless the owner thereof, when applying for the license and registration tag, indicates whether the dog has been surgically debarked or silenced.
(2) 
The Borough Clerk or other official designated by the governing body of the Borough to license dogs therein may, upon request of any law enforcement officer or Borough Animal Control Officer, provide notice thereto of the name and address of any person indicating on a dog license application the possession of a surgically debarked or silenced dog.
A. 
No owner shall fail to exercise proper control of his dog to prevent it from becoming a public nuisance.[1] Excessive, continuous or untimely barking, molesting passersby, chasing vehicles, habitually attacking other domestic animals and/or trespassing upon private property shall be deemed nuisances.
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Editor's Note: See also Art. IV of this chapter.
B. 
No person shall allow any animal owned or controlled by that person to enter onto any municipally-owned or school-owned properties, including all municipal and school ball fields, tennis courts, basketball courts and playgrounds, except streets and sidewalks.
No person residing within this borough shall keep or maintain on his premises any dog or dogs which shall habitually bark in such a manner as to annoy other inhabitants of this borough by interfering with the enjoyment of their properties, interfering with their sleep or rest or otherwise annoying them in the enjoyment of their properties in a substantial manner.
Every female dog in heat shall be confined in a building or secure enclosure in such a manner that such female dog cannot come into contact with another dog, except for planned breeding.
Allowing any dog to run at large or allowing any dog to annoy other inhabitants of this borough or the violation of § 29-5, 29-6 or 29-7 is hereby declared to be a nuisance, and allowing a dog or dogs to run at large or to be insecurely confined or controlled or allowing or permitting such dog or dogs to bark habitually, as provided in said preceding sections, is hereby declared a nuisance.
[Amended 4-5-2017 by Ord. No. 17-09]
No person shall take, leave, keep or allow his dog or any dog in his custody to be upon the boardwalk or beach in this Borough except from October 1 of each year through the Sunday before Palm Sunday of each succeeding year.
[1]
Editor's Note: See also Ch. 33, Beaches.
Dogs found at large may be taken by a police officer or the Animal Control Officer, impounded in the animal shelter and there confined in the manner prescribed by N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.16. Impounded dogs shall be kept for not less than seven days unless reclaimed by their owners. If by a license or by other means the owner can be identified, the Animal Control Officer shall, immediately upon impoundment notify the owner, in writing, of the impoundment of the dog and the possible offering for adoption or destruction of same. Dogs not claimed by their owners within seven days or placed in suitable new homes may be disposed of by a method prescribed as humane and reliable by the American Veterinary Medical Association and the New Jersey Veterinary Medical Association, by the Animal Control Officer or by a representative so delegated to exercise that authority.
An owner reclaiming a dog impounded under § 29-10 of this chapter or any animal impounded for whatever reason shall pay a fee of $10, plus $1 for each day that the dog has been impounded, to a total maximum fee of $15. The owner may also be proceeded against for violation of this chapter. Any owner of a dog that was unlicensed at the time of seizure must produce a license and registration tag for such dog in order to reclaim same.
In addition to, or in lieu of, impounding a dog found at large, the Animal Control Officer or police officer may issue to the known owner of such dog a summons for violation of this chapter.
No owner shall fail to provide any animal in his control with a sufficient amount of good and wholesome food and water, proper shelter and protection from the weather, veterinary care when needed to prevent suffering and humane care and treatment. No person shall beat, cruelly ill treat, torment, overload, overwork or otherwise abuse any animal, or cause or permit any animals to combat between themselves, nor shall any owner abandon such animal.
No person shall give away any animal as a prize for or as an inducement to enter any contest, game or other competition or as an inducement to enter a place of amusement, or offer such animal as an incentive to enter into any business agreement whereby the offer was for the purpose of attracting trade. Goldfish and Beta Fish are specifically excluded from this section.
Any animal which bites a person shall be quarantined on the premises of its owner under the supervision of the authority designated by the municipality for the period of time ordered by said authority. The animal shall be securely confined and kept from contact with any other animal or persons other than those residing in said premises during quarantine. The designated authority may require, at its discretion, special confinement and order the animal surrendered to the animal shelter or veterinary hospital at the owner's expense.
No police officer or other person shall kill or cause to be killed any animal suspected of being rabid, except after the animal has been placed in quarantine and the diagnosis of rabies is made by a licensed veterinarian. If a veterinarian diagnoses a quarantined animal with rabies, then the animal shall be destroyed in a manner causing as little pain as possible in accordance with state law, and the head of such animal sent to a laboratory for pathological examination and confirmation of the diagnosis.
The Animal Control Officer shall have police powers in the enforcement of this chapter, and no person shall interfere with, hinder, molest or abuse any Animal Control Officer in the exercise of such powers.