[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Patterson: Art. I, 12-6-1977 as Ord. No. 253. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Domestic Animals
[Adopted 12-6-1977 as Ord. No. 253]
It shall be unlawful for the owner of any domestic animal to permit said animal to run at large at any time within the limits of the Township of Patterson. For the purpose of this section, any domestic animal not restrained by leash or by other suitable means when said domestic animal is not upon the premises of the owner thereof shall be considered to be running at large.
It shall be unlawful to keep at any place within the limits of the Township of Patterson any dangerous or vicious animal or any animal inflicted with a contagious or infectious disease when, in the opinion of the appointed Dog Officer of the township, said animal, by reason of its disposition or state of health, constitutes a clear and present danger to the health, safety and welfare of any person or property.
It shall be unlawful for any person or property owner to permit more than three (3) dogs to be kept and maintained within the confines of the household of a family or more than two (2) domestic animals to be kept on a parcel or property outside of the confines of the household, except that this provision shall not apply to kennels regulated by state law.
It shall be unlawful for any person to walk or exercise any domestic animal within the memorial parks or playgrounds or upon any other grounds of the Township of Patterson.
It shall be unlawful for any person to walk or exercise any domestic animal not upon the premises of the owner thereof unless the said animal is restrained by a leash held by the owner or other person designated by the owner who shall be capable of properly restraining the movements of said domestic animal.
No domestic animal shall be walked or exercised other than upon the premises of the owner thereof unless the person accompanying the said domestic animal shall carry and use suitable facilities for gathering up any and all matter excreted by the said domestic animal during the course of said walk or exercise, and said person shall be responsible for promptly removing said material and placing it in the container carried for that purpose, and failure to do so shall constitute a violation of this Article.
It shall be unlawful to keep or harbor within the limits of the Township of Patterson any domestic animal which disturbs the peace by loud noises at any time of the day or night.
Any animal found running at large in the township disturbing the peace, as set forth in § 63-5 hereof, or inflicted with a contagious disease is hereby declared to be a public nuisance and may be abated in the manner provided by law.
Any person violating any provision of this Article shall, upon conviction before a District Justice of this county, be sentenced to pay a fine not exceeding six hundred dollars ($600.) plus the costs of prosecution and, upon failure to make payment of such fine and costs, shall be subject to a period of imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding thirty (30) days.