Township of Woolwich, NJ
Gloucester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Woolwich as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Animals in parks — See Ch. 135.
Animal fights — See Ch. 138.
[Adopted 5-15-1989 by Ord. No. 89-11]
[Amended 6-19-1989 by Ord. No. 89-13; 2-19-1990 by Ord. No. 90-2]
Every person who shall own, keep or harbor any dog or dogs of licensing age within the limits of the Township of Woolwich shall obtain a dog license for each such dog and shall have the same registered and numbered with the Animal Control Officer, and for each such license shall pay the sum of $4.80 as a license fee for each and every dog, which shall be in addition to the tag fee and any other fees required by New Jersey Statutes.
Any person who shall keep or harbor any dog of licensing age, as defined by N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.1, for a period of 10 days or more shall, for the purposes of this article, be deemed to be the owner of the dog or dogs so kept and harbored.
All applications for dog licenses shall be made to the Animal Control Officer of the Township of Woolwich, which application shall state the breed, sex, age, color and markings of the dog or dogs for which licenses and registrations are sought, and whether it is a long- or short-haired variety; also the name, street and post office of the owner and the person who shall keep or harbor such dog.
[Amended 2-19-1990 by Ord. No. 90-2; 4-15-1996 by Ord. No. 96-5]
Any person who shall own, keep or harbor a dog of licensing age shall, 10 days after such acquisition or age attainment, "age of attainment" is defined as six months of age, and annually thereafter prior to March 31 of each year, apply for and procure from the Animal Control Officer a license and official metal registration tag for each such dog so owned, kept or harbored, and shall place upon such dog a collar or harness with the registration tag securely fastened thereto. There shall be an additional late charge of $10 for any license issued after March 31 of any year unless applied for within 10 days after acquisition of the dog or within 10 days after the dog's attaining the licensing age, with the exception of new residents, for which a forty-five-day extension will be granted. The forty-five-day extension begins the first day occupancy occurs.
[Amended 3-15-1999 by Ord. No. 99-6]
Dogs used as guides for blind persons and commonly known as "Seeing Eye" dogs, dogs used to assist handicapped persons and commonly known as "service dogs" or dogs used to assist deaf persons and commonly known as "hearing ear" dogs shall be licensed and registered as other dogs hereinabove provided for, except that the owner or keeper of such dog shall not be required to pay any fee therefor.
Every person who shall own, keep or harbor any dog in the Township of Woolwich and who shall neglect or refuse to cause such dog to be licensed in the manner herein provided on or before the 31st day of March in each year shall be guilty of a violation of this article.
The running at large of all dogs in the Township of Woolwich, is hereby prohibited. "At large" shall mean any dog found off the property of the owner. Any person or persons owning, keeping, processing or harboring any dog or dogs in said Township of Woolwich who shall suffer or permit the running at large in said township of any such dogs, whether licensed or unlicensed, wearing a registration tag or without a tag, shall be guilty of a violation of this article.
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Editor's Note: See also Art. II of this chapter.
No dog shall be permitted off the premises of the owner or the person keeping or harboring such dog unless said dog shall be on a leash held by a person over the age of 12 years and who shall have complete control of the dog.
Any person who shall cause or permit any unlicensed dog to wear a registration tag shall be guilty of a violation of this article.
A. 
The Animal Control Officer appointed for the purpose by the Township Committee shall take into custody and impound or cause to be taken into custody and impounded, and thereafter destroyed or offered for adoption as provided in this section, any dog running at large in the Township of Woolwich. This shall include any dog off the premises of the owner or the person keeping or harboring such dog unless said dog is restrained on a leash as hereinbefore provided.
[Amended 3-15-1999 by Ord. No. 99-6]
B. 
The owner, if known, of any dog so seized shall forthwith upon seizure of the dog be served, either personally or by mail, by the Animal Control Officer appointed for the purpose by the Township Committee, with a written notice that the dog has been seized and will be liable to be destroyed or offered for adoption if not claimed within seven days after service of notice.
[Amended 3-15-1999 by Ord. No. 99-6]
C. 
Any owner or the person keeping or harboring said dog may claim the dog upon paying all expenses incurred by reason of its detention, with a minimum payment of $20 per day for the first day of its detention or any part of the first day, and if detained for more than one day, by paying $4 for each day thereafter the pet is in the shelter, and by procuring the necessary license and registration tag, if the same have not been previously obtained.
[Amended 3-15-1999 by Ord. No. 99-6]
D. 
If the owner or person keeping or harboring the dog fails to claim the dog at the end of the seven-day period, the Animal Control Officer appointed for the purpose by the Township Committee may cause the dog to be destroyed as humanely as possible or offered for adoption.[1]
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Editor's Note: Original Section 11, Leashing and muzzling of vicious dogs, which immediately followed this section, was deleted 3-15-1999 by Ord. No. 99-6.
No owner or person keeping or harboring a dog of licensing age shall suffer or permit such dog or dogs to annoy neighbors and other persons living within the immediate vicinity by permitting such dog or dogs to bark and howl, nor suffer or permit such dog or dogs to damage shrubbery, flowers, garden and/or any other property of any kind or character belonging to any person within the township.
[Added 5-16-2005 by Ord. No. 2005-18]
A. 
No person owning, keeping or harboring any dog shall suffer or permit it to soil, defile or commit any nuisance on any common thoroughfare, sidewalk, passageway, bypath, play area, park or any place where people congregate or walk or upon any lawns, shrubbery or tree on any public property, or upon a lawn, shrubbery or tree on any private property not belonging to the owner or custodian of such dog; provided, however, that for the purpose of this section, the above-mentioned restrictions shall not apply to that portion of the street lying between the curblines, which shall be used to curb the dog.
B. 
If any such person shall permit such dog to soil, defile, defecate on or commit any nuisance on the areas aforesaid, he or she shall immediately remove all feces and droppings deposited by such dog, which removal shall be in a sanitary manner by shovel, container, disposal bag, etc., and said feces and droppings shall be removed by said person from the aforesaid designated areas and disposal of by said person in a sanitary manner.
C. 
On the dog owner’s own property, he/she shall maintain the property in a sanitary manner in order to prevent any noxious odors, attraction of vermin breeding or any other public health nuisance to neighbors.
D. 
Whenever any dog is present upon any public property whatsoever, including streets and sidewalks, or upon any private property without permission of the property owner, the person owning, harboring, keeping or in charge or control of such dog shall be in possession of a sanitary bag and utensils, the design of which permits the removal and disposal of dog feces in a sanitary manner.
E. 
Failure of any person to visibly carry with him or her proper utensils as designated above shall be presumed a violation of this chapter.
[Amended 3-15-1999 by Ord. No. 99-6]
Except as provided in N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.19, a violation of this article shall be punishable as provided in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article I.
[Adopted 3-17-1998 by Ord. No. 98-12]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ANIMALS
Horses, sheep, cattle, swine, goats, ducks and all other animals, except as hereafter excepted. Excepted from the definition of animals herein are cats.
No person owning, keeping or harboring any animal, as defined above, shall suffer or permit it to run at large upon the public streets or upon private property without the permission of the owner of such property.
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Editor's Note: See also § 59-7.
[Amended 3-15-1999 by Ord. No. 99-6]
A violation of this article shall be punishable as provided in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Art. I.