Township of Stafford, NJ
Ocean County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Health of the Township of Stafford as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Animals — See Ch. 60.
[Adopted 2-23-1962]
No person shall own, possess, harbor or have in custody any dog over six months of age unless such dog has been vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian of the State of New Jersey.
Such vaccination shall be repeated annually and shall consist of one injection of not less than five cubic centimeters of antirabies vaccine of standard and accepted formula and manufactured under a license of the United States Bureau of Animal Industry of the Department of Agriculture.
Any dog may be exempted from the requirements of this section for a specified period of time, upon presentation of a certificate from a licensed veterinarian stating that because of age, infirmity or other physical condition, the vaccination of the dog for such specified period of time is contraindicated. Nothing in this section shall be deemed to require vaccination of any dogs located in and confined to recognized and licensed kennels, pounds and pet shops where dogs are offered for sale as provided by state law.
Any person owning, harboring or having custody of a dog shall obtain from the vaccinating veterinarian a certificate on a form supplied by the Health Officer and available to the Township Clerk's office. The certificate shall be brought to the Clerk's office within 10 days of vaccination or of entry of the dog into the Township. The certificate shall be filed with the Health Officer.
The certificate required herein shall be filed before a dog license may be issued. Such certificate shall show that vaccination was made within six months of the date of filing the application for the license.
[Amended 3-4-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-31]
The Township shall provide free rabies vaccinations of dogs at a suitable clinic conducted by a licensed veterinarian.
[Amended 3-4-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-31]
The Township may make additional regulations regarding rabies vaccination, provided that they are not inconsistent with this article.
Maximum penalty. Any person violating any provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, pay a penalty of not less than $5 nor more than $500 for each offense. Complaint shall be made in the Municipal Court of the Township or before another judicial officer having authority under the laws of the State of New Jersey. The court shall have the power to impose the other and additional penalties provided by N.J.S.A. 26:3-77 and N.J.S.A. 26:3-78.
Separate violation. Except as otherwise provided, each and every day in which a violation of any provision of this article exists shall constitute a separate violation.
Collection of fees and penalties. All fees and penalties collected under any provision of this article shall be paid to the Township Treasurer.