Borough of Eddystone, PA
Delaware County
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[Adopted during codification 2-17-1975 by Ord. No. 433]
Except as is now or may hereafter be otherwise provided by law, it shall be unlawful for an owner of any animal or animals, including livestock, pigeons, chickens, other fowl and dogs, licensed or unlicensed, to permit such animal or animals to run at large unaccompanied by the owner or keeper.
It shall be the duty of the Borough police to seize and detain any animal or animals, whether they be licensed or unlicensed, which are found running at large either upon public streets or highways of the Borough or upon the property of other than the owner of such animal. The Borough police are hereby authorized and empowered to go upon any premises and enter any building to seize and detain any animal or animals which have been found running at large unaccompanied by the owner or keeper, when such Borough police are in the immediate pursuit of any such animal or animals.
Any police officer may kill any animal which threatens persons or property.
It shall be the duty of any police officer of the Borough of Eddystone who witnesses any animal running at large in conflict with the provisions of this article, or who receives information of any animal so running at large, to seize such animal and convey it to the place designated by the Borough Council as a pound. Notice of such seizure shall be sent to the owner of such animal in the manner prescribed by law for service of notice of seized dogs, and such animal may be redeemed by the owner thereof within the time specified by law for the redemption of seized dogs upon payment of the charges hereinafter specified. The owner of an animal so detained shall pay to the Borough the sum of $3 for the apprehension of the animal, plus the sum of $1.50 for the first day of detention or portion thereof and $1 for each additional day of detention or any part thereof, to cover expenses incurred by reason of its detention.
Any animal or animals not claimed in accordance with the provisions of this article shall be disposed of in accordance with the law regulating the disposal of impounded dogs or such other law or laws affecting the disposal of impounded animals as are now or may from time to time be in effect.
All housing for animals, including all pigeon coops and chicken houses, shall be kept in a sanitary condition and shall be subject to the inspection of the Borough Health Officer at all times.
No person or persons shall keep or have in his or her possession in the Borough of Eddystone any reptile, including snakes, alligators, turtles and any other animal of the class Reptilia.
No person or persons shall keep within the Borough of Eddystone more than two cats more than six months of age.
It is the intent of the Borough Council that this article shall be supplemental to any laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania hereinbefore or hereinafter adopted regulating the keeping of dogs or other animals within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and specifically in the Borough of Eddystone. Should any of the provisions of this article be contrary to the provision of any Act of Assembly, it is the intent of the Borough Council that the Act of Assembly shall supersede this article.
The proper officers of the Borough are authorized to enter into such agreements or contracts with any individual, individuals or corporations as may be reasonably necessary to implement the provisions of this article in regard to the care and custody of animals detained by the Borough pursuant to the provisions of this article, and to provide for the reasonable compensation of such person, persons or corporations for such services.
[Amended 1-9-1989 by Ord. No. 524, approved 1-9-1989]
Any person who shall be convicted of a violation of any of the provisions of this article before a District Justice shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $600, together with the costs of prosecution, and, in default of the payment of the fine, to imprisonment in the county jail for a term not to exceed 30 days.