Township of Stafford, NJ
Ocean County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Health of the Township of Stafford 8-19-1991 by Ord. No. 91-1. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Animals — See Ch. 60.
Dogs — See Ch. 218.
[Amended 3-4-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-31]
As used in this chapter, unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context, the following words shall have the following meanings:
For the purpose of this chapter, "animal" shall mean cat.
Any member of the domestic feline species, male, female or altered.
Any cat which has attained the age of six months.
The Township of Stafford or any designated representative thereof charged by the Township with administering the issuance and/or 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. Anyone feeding stray cats for a time period of three days will be the owner and subject to all regulations.
Any individual, corporation, partnership, organization or institution commonly recognized by law as a unit.
[Amended 3-4-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-31]
Each and every cat in the Township of Stafford shall be duly licensed and shall bear evidence of such license at all times by wearing a collar or other device such that a metal disc may be attached thereto, which disc shall bear the name of Stafford Township, the year and license number and which disc shall be affixed to the animal at all times.
Beginning 30 days after second reading of this chapter, the sum to be paid annually for a cat license and for each renewal thereof in Stafford Township shall be the sum of $12 per animal for animals that have not been spayed or neutered and $7 per animal for animals that have been spayed or neutered.
[Amended 9-20-1999 by Ord. No. 99-2]
Persons who fail to obtain a license as required within 45 days of the enactment of this chapter will be subject to a delinquent fee of $5 per month and shall be a violator of this chapter.
Thereafter, licenses shall be secured within 30 days of January 1 of each year or as provided in § 217-5.
Every owner of a cat and over six months of age shall have his cat inoculated with rabies vaccine of a type approved by and administered in accordance with the recommendations of the United States Department of Agriculture, the United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare or the New Jersey Department of Health. Such vaccination shall be repeated annually or at such intervals as provided by regulations of the State Department of Health and shall be administered by a duly licensed veterinarian or by such other veterinarian permitted by law to do the same.
Any cat may be exempted from the requirement of such vaccination for a specified period of time by the Township or its agent upon the presentation of a certificate from a duly licensed veterinarian stating that, by reason of age, infirmity or other physical condition, the vaccination of such cat for such specified period of time is contraindicated.
[Amended 3-4-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-31]
It is further provided that nothing herein contained shall be deemed to require the vaccination of any cats located in and confined to duly recognized and licensed boarding facilities, pet shops, shelters or veterinary hospitals.
[Amended 3-4-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-31]
The owner of any cat vaccinated against rabies shall obtain from the veterinarian who vaccinates said cat a certificate in form identical to those used for dogs or a standard immunization certificate in use by the licensed veterinarian of this or any other state or country and shall, within 10 days after bringing the cat into the Township of Stafford, deliver said certificate to the Township or its agent and obtain a license as set forth herein.
[Amended 3-4-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-31]
Whenever the Township has reason to believe or has been notified by the State Department of Health that there is a danger that rabies may spread within the Township, the Township or any officer, inspector or agent thereof may serve a notice, in writing, upon all persons within the Township owning or having charge of any cat or other animal, so far as the same may be known, requiring such person to confine such cat or other animal. In lieu of serving such written notice, the Township may cause a notice to be published in the official newspaper of the Township. Any person owning or in charge of a cat or other animal which is subject to such notice and who does not comply with the orders and instructions of such notice shall be considered a violator.
Any person, whether an owner or custodian of a cat, who is convicted of a violation of any of the provisions of this chapter shall be, upon conviction of any of the provisions hereof, subject to a fine or penalty of at least a minimum fine of $35 but not to exceed $500 or imprisonment in the common jail of the County of Ocean for a term not exceeding 30 days, or both, at the discretion of the Magistrate before whom such conviction is had.
[Added 5-18-1992 by Ord. No. 92-1; amended 3-4-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-31]
The Animal Control Officer shall annually cause a canvass to be made of all cats owned, kept or harbored as defined under § 217-1 within the Township of Stafford and shall report, on or before September 1 of each year, to Stafford Township the result thereof, setting forth in separate columns the names and addresses of persons owning, keeping or harboring, as defined under § 217-1, unlicensed cats and the number of unlicensed cats owned, kept or harbored by each of said persons, together with a complete description of each of said unlicensed cats.
[Added 5-18-1992 by Ord. No. 92-1]
The Animal Control Officer, and/or his agents, shall be responsible for enforcing this chapter and shall issue a summons or complaint to all persons in violation of any of the provisions of this chapter.