Township of Toms River, NJ
Ocean County
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[Adopted 12-9-2008 by Ord. No. 4168-08[1]]
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance repealed former Art. I, License and Regulations for Dogs, Kennels, Pet Shops, Shelters and Pounds, adopted 11-27-1973 by Ord. No. 1378 as Ch. 43, Art V, of the 1973 Code.
A. 
The Township Clerk shall:
(1) 
Ascertain from the State Department of Health the license forms and uniform official metal registration tags designed by said Department and shall submit same to Township Council in order that said Council shall be able to order a sufficient supply of such forms and tags, as contemplated by Section 2 of said law.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: “Said law” refers to Ch. 151, P.L. 1941, as amended. For Section 2, see N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.2.
(2) 
Prepare a sample form of application for license as contemplated by Sections 5 and 7 of said law[2] and submit the same to the Township Council, so that said Council may order said applications.
[2]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.5 and 4:19-15.7, respectively.
(3) 
See that all applications for licenses are properly filled out and signed by applicants, that all information on each application and the registration number issued for each dog is preserved for a period of three years; shall forward similar information to the State Department of Health each month on forms furnished by said Department and see that all registration numbers are issued in the order of the applications, as set forth in Section 5 of said law.[3]
[3]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.5.
(4) 
Take and receive all applications for licenses mentioned in this article and said law, all moneys to be collected pursuant hereto and said law, issue all licenses provided for by this article and said law and forward the proper fee to the State Department of Health within the time fixed by Section 11 of said law.[4]
[4]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.11.
(5) 
Grant and issue all licenses contemplated by this article and said law and deliver all license fees belonging to this municipality to the Treasurer thereof monthly.
(6) 
Forward to State Department of Health a list of all kennels, pet shops, shelters and pounds licensed in this municipality within 30 days after the several licenses are issued as directed in Section 13 of said law.[5]
[5]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.13.
B. 
The local Board of Health shall enforce the rules and regulations now or hereafter prepared and promulgated by the State Department of Health governing the sanitary conduct and operation of kennels, pet shops, shelters and pounds, as provided by Section 14 of said law.[6]
[6]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.14.
C. 
The Chief Animal Control Officer shall:
[Amended 6-13-2017 by Ord. No. 4547-17]
(1) 
Promptly after February 1, 1942, and annually thereafter, cause a canvass to be made of all dogs owned, kept or harbored within this municipality and report to the Clerk of this municipality, the local Board of Health and the State Department of Health the result thereof, setting forth in separate columns the names and addresses of persons owning, keeping or harboring such dogs, the number of licensed dogs owned, kept or harbored by each of said persons, together with the registration numbers of each of said dogs and the number of the unlicensed dogs owned, kept or harbored by each of said persons, together with a complete description of each of said unlicensed dogs, as directed by Section 15 of said law.[7]
[7]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.15.
(2) 
Take into custody and impound or cause to be taken into custody and impounded, and thereafter destroyed or disposed of as provided in Section 16 of said law.[8]
[8]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.16.
(3) 
If he finds a dog wearing a collar or harness having inscribed thereon or attached thereto the name and address of any person or a registration tag or the owner or the person keeping or harboring said dog is known, either personally or by any person authorized in that behalf, forthwith serve a notice on the person whose address is given on the collar, or on the person keeping or harboring said dog, if known, a notice in writing stating that the dog has been seized and will be liable to be disposed of or destroyed if not claimed within seven days after service of the notice; said notice to be served as provided in Section 16 of said law.[9]
[9]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.16.
(4) 
Destroy any dog seized by him under the provisions of Section 16 of said law;[10] provided the dog has been detained for seven days after notice, when notice can be given under the provisions of Section 16 of said law, or has been detained for seven days after seizure, and if the owner or person keeping or harboring said dog has not claimed said dog and paid all expenses incurred by reason of its detention, including maintenance at $0.50 per day, and if the dog be unlicensed at the time of the seizure and the owner or person keeping or harboring said dog has not produced a license and registration tag for said dog. The person so authorized to destroy a dog may authorize another person in his behalf to destroy said dog, if he personally by reason of absence or illness is unable to do so.
[10]
Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.16.
D. 
The Chief Animal Control Officer, Assistant Animal Control Officers, or other persons designated by the Township Council are hereby appointed to prosecute any action brought by or for the Township under N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.1 et seq.
[Amended 6-13-2017 by Ord. No. 4547-17]
E. 
The Chief Animal Control Officer and Assistant Animal Control Officers shall enforce all statutes and ordinances pertaining to animal control.
[Amended 6-13-2017 by Ord. No. 4547-17]
F. 
The Chief Animal Control Officer and Assistant Animal Control Officers shall process all complaints of infractions or violations of applicable statutes or ordinances pertaining to animal control and shall keep records thereof and any disposition.
[Added 6-13-2017 by Ord. No. 4547-17]