Borough of Ramsey, NJ
Bergen County
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[1961 Code § 27.01; Ord. No. 455; Ord. No. 628; 1972 Code § 90.001]
a. 
No person shall keep or harbor any dog within the Borough without first obtaining a license within 10 days after acquiring the dog. Such license shall be issued by the Borough Clerk upon application by the owner and payment of the prescribed fee. No person shall keep or harbor any dog in the Borough, except in compliance with the provisions of this chapter.
b. 
Any person who owns, keeps or harbors a dog of licensing age shall in the month of January, annually, procure from the Borough Clerk a license and official registration tag for each such dog, and shall place upon each such dog a collar or harness with the registration tag securely fastened.
[1961 Code § 27.01; Ord. No. 455; Ord. No. 628; 1972 Code § 90.001]
As used in this chapter:
DOG OF LICENSING AGE
Any dog which has attained the age of seven months or which possesses a set of permanent teeth.
OWNER
When applied to the proprietorship of a dog, shall mean and includes every person having a right of property in such dog and every person who has such dog in his keeping or harbors the same.
VICIOUS DOG
Any dog which has bitten a person without provocation or just cause.
[1961 Code § 27.02; Ord. No. 436; Ord. No. 455; Ord. No. 564; Ord. No. 870 § 1; Ord. No. 899 § 1; Ord. No. 899-A § 1; Ord. No. 899-B § 1]
a. 
A license shall be issued after payment of the following fees:
[Amended 12-13-1995 by Ord. No. 899-C; 11-23-2009 by Ord. No. 23-2009]
1. 
For nonsenior citizens, the fee shall be $8 per year for each neutered/spayed and $11 per year for each unneutered/unspayed dog.
2. 
For senior citizens, the fee shall be $5 per year for each neutered/spayed dog and $8 per year for each unneutered/unspayed dog. A "senior citizen" is herein defined to be a person 62 years of age or older.
3. 
Included in the fees as set forth above is the fee of $1 for the registration tag of each dog.
4. 
Persons who fail to obtain a license by the last day of February in each year shall be subject to delinquent fees as follows:
(a) 
If obtained by March 31: $10.
(b) 
If obtained by April 30: $15.
(c) 
If obtained by May 31: $20.
(d) 
If obtained by June 30: $25.
(e) 
If obtained by July 31: $30.
(f) 
If obtained by August 31: $35.
(g) 
If obtained by September 30: $40.
(h) 
If obtained by October 31: $45.
(i) 
If obtained by November 30: $50.
(j) 
If obtained by December 31: $55.
(k) 
If obtained by January 31: $60.
b. 
Dogs used as guides for blind persons and commonly known as "Seeing eye" dogs shall be licensed and registered as other dogs, except that the owner or keeper of such dog shall not be required to pay any fee.
[1961 Code § 27.03; Ord. No. 455; 1972 Code § 90.010]
a. 
Any person who keeps or operates or proposes to establish a kennel, a pet shop, a shelter or a pound shall procure from the Borough Clerk a license entitling him to keep or operate such establishment.
b. 
The application shall describe the premises where the establishment is located or is proposed to be located, the purpose or purposes for which it is to be maintained, and shall be accompanied by the written approval of the Health Officer of the Board of Health of the Borough, showing compliance with the local and state rules and regulations governing location and sanitation at such establishments.
c. 
All licenses issued for a kennel, pet shop, shelter or pound shall state the purpose for which the establishment is maintained and all such licenses shall expire on the last day of January of each year, and be subject to revocation by the Council on recommendation of the State Department of Health or the Board of Health of the Borough for failure to comply with the rules and regulations of the State Department or the Board of Health of the Borough after the owner has been afforded a hearing by either the State Department or the Board of Health of the Borough.
d. 
Any person holding such license shall not be required to secure individual licenses for dogs owned by such licensee and kept at such establishments. Such licenses shall not be transferable to another owner or different premises.
e. 
The annual license fee for a kennel providing accommodations for 10 or less dogs is $10 and for more than 10 dogs is $25. The annual license fee for a pet shop is $10. No fee shall be charged for a shelter or pound.
[1961 Code § 27.04; Ord. No. 455; 1972 Code § 90.015]
No dog kept in a kennel, pet shop, shelter or pound shall be permitted off such premises, except on leash or in a crate or other safe control.
[1961 Code § 27.05; Ord. No. 455; 1972 Code § 90.015]
a. 
License fees and other moneys collected or received under the provisions of this chapter, except registration tag fees, shall be forwarded to the Borough Treasurer within 30 days after collection or receipt and shall be placed in a special account separate from any of the other accounts of the Borough. Such account shall be used for the following purposes only: for collecting, keeping and disposing of dogs liable to seizure under this chapter; for local prevention and control of rabies; for providing anti-rabic treatment under the direction of the local Board of Health for any person known or suspected to have been exposed to rabies; for all other purposes prescribed by the Revised Statutes of New Jersey governing the subject; and for administering the provisions of this chapter. Any unexpended balance remaining in such special account shall be retained therein until the end of the third fiscal year following. At the end of the third fiscal year following, and at the end of each fiscal year thereafter, there shall be transferred from such special account to the general funds of the Borough any amount then in such account which is in excess of the total amount paid into the special account during the last two fiscal years next preceding.
b. 
The registration tag of $0.25 for each dog shall be forwarded within 30 days after collection by the Clerk to the State Department of Health.
[1961 Code § 27.06; Ord. No. 455; 1972 Code § 90.025]
The Council shall have power to appoint a Poundmaster or Dog Warden, whose duty it shall be to enforce the provisions of this chapter. The Council shall also have power to appoint one or more persons to be known as Dog Catchers or Dog Wardens, who may impound unlicensed dogs running at large in violation of the provisions of this chapter.
[1961 Code § 27.07; Ord. No. 455; 1972 Code § 90.030]
a. 
The Poundmaster or Dog Warden of the Borough shall take into custody and impound and thereafter destroy or dispose of as provided in this section:
1. 
Any dog off the premises of the owner or of the person keeping or harboring the dog which the official or his agent has reason to believe is a stray dog.
2. 
Any dog off the premises of the owner or of the person keeping or harboring the dog without a current registration tag on his collar.
3. 
Any female dog in season off the premises of the owner or of the person keeping or harboring the dog.
b. 
If any dog so seized wears a collar or harness having inscribed or attached thereto the name and address of any person or registration tag, or the owner or the person keeping or harboring the dog is known, the Poundmaster or Warden shall forthwith serve on the person whose address is given on the collar, or on the owner or the person keeping or harboring the 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 the service of the notice.
c. 
Subject to the terms of this section and the statutes incorporated herein, an owner may obtain the release of the animal impounded due to emergency calls upon payment of a recovery fee which is set forth in the contract between the Borough and its Pound Master and/or Dog Warden.
[Added 10-27-2010 by Ord. No. 15-2010]
[1961 Code § 27.08; Ord. No. 455; 1972 Code § 90.035]
When any dog so seized has been detained for seven days after notice, or has been detained for seven days after seizure, when notice has not been and cannot be given, and if the owner or person keeping or harboring the dog has not claimed the dog and paid all expenses incurred by reason of its detention, including maintenance not exceeding $1 per day, and if the dog is unlicensed at the time of the seizure and the owner or person keeping or harboring the dog has not produced a license and registration tag of the dog, the Poundmaster or Warden may cause the dog to be destroyed in a manner causing as little pain as possible.
[1961 Code § 27.09; Ord. No. 455; 1972 Code § 90.040]
Any officer or agent authorized or empowered to perform any duty under this chapter or any member of the Borough Police Force may go upon any premises to seize for impounding any dog which he may lawfully seize and impound when such officer is in immediate pursuit of such dog, except upon the premises of the owner of the dog if the owner is present and forbids the same.
[1961 Code § 27.10; Ord. No. 455; 1972 Code § 90.045]
No person shall hinder, molest or interfere with anyone authorized or empowered to perform any duty under this chapter.
[Ord. No. 628; 1972 Code § 90.050]
No person shall keep, harbor or maintain any dog which habitually barks, cries, whines or howls.
[1961 Code §§ 27.12, 27.13; Ord. No. 455; Ord. No. 628; 1972 Code § 90.055]
a. 
No person owning, keeping or harboring any dog shall suffer or permit it to be upon the public streets or in any of the public places of the Borough, unless such dog is accompanied by a person over the age of 12 years and is securely confined and controlled by an adequate leash not more than six feet long.
b. 
No person owning, keeping or harboring any vicious dog shall allow it to be without a muzzle.
c. 
No person owning, keeping or harboring any dog shall permit such dog to wander, either at large or on a leash, in any developed park, recreational or athletic area.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection 5-5.7, Damage to property, which was derived from 1961 Code § 27.14; Ord. No. 455; Ord. No. 628; and Ord. No. 783, § 1, was repealed 6-28-2006 by Ord. No. 19-2006. For current provisions, see Section 5-7, Pet Waste.
[1961 Code § 27.14; Ord. No. 455; Ord. No. 628; 1972 Code § 90.065]
No more than four dogs of licensing age shall be kept, maintained or harbored at one time in any residential housing unit or on its grounds or in any business establishment or on its grounds. This restriction shall not apply to properly licensed pet shops, kennel, shelters and pounds.
[1961 Code § 27.15; Ord. No. 455; Ord. No. 628; 1972 Code § 90.999]
a. 
Any person who violates Subsection 5-1.1, 5-1.3 or 5-5.5 or fails to comply with the rules and regulations promulgated by the State Department of Health governing the sanitary conduct and operation of kennels, pet shops, shelters and pounds, to preserve sanitation therein and prevent the spread of rabies and other diseases within and from such establishments, shall be liable to a penalty of not less than $5 nor more than $50 for each offense, to be recovered by and in the name of the Borough, except that for the first offense in cases of violations of Subsection 5-1.1, the penalty shall not be less than $1 nor more than $50.
b. 
Any person who violates any provisions of Subsections 5-1.1, 5-1.5, 5-5.6, 5-5.8 shall upon conviction thereof be punished by imprisonment in the County jail for a term not exceeding 90 days or by a fine not exceeding $500, or both, for each offense.
[Ord. No. 1081 § 1]
As used in this section:
ANIMAL
Dog or cat.
ANIMAL CONTROL AUTHORITY
Any person or agency designated or certified by the State of New Jersey to enforce the provisions of this section.
CAT
Any member of the domestic feline species; male, female, or altered.
CAT OF LICENSING AGE
Any cat which has attained the age of seven months, or which possesses a set of permanent teeth.
CATTERY
Any room or group of rooms, cage, or exhibition pen, not part of a kennel, wherein cats for sale are kept or displayed.
LICENSING AUTHORITY
The agency or department of the Borough or any designated representative thereof charged with administering the issuance and/or revocation of permits and licenses under the provisions of this section.
NEUTERED
Rendered permanently incapable of reproduction as certified by a licensed veterinarian.
OWNER
When applied to the proprietorship of a cat, shall mean and include every person having a right of property (or custody) in such cat and every person who has such cat in his/her keeping, or who harbors or maintains a cat or knowingly permits a cat to remain on or about any premises occupied by that person.
[Ord. No. 1081 § 1]
a. 
Vaccination and license requirements. No person shall own, keep, harbor, or maintain any cat over seven months of age within the Borough unless such cat is vaccinated and licensed. The provisions of this subsection do not apply to cats held in a cattery, or those held by a state or Federal licensed research facility, or a veterinary establishment where cats are received or kept for diagnostic, medical, surgical, or other treatments, or licensed animal shelters, pounds, kennels, or pet shops.
b. 
Vaccination. All cats shall be vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian in accordance with the latest "Compendium of Animal Rabies Vaccines and Recommendations for Immunization" published by the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians, except as provided for in Paragraph d.
c. 
Vaccination certificate. A certificate of vaccination shall be issued to the owner of each animal vaccinated on a form recommended by the state.
d. 
Exemptions. Any cat may be exempted from the requirements of such vaccination for a specified period of time by the local Board of Health, upon presentation of a veterinarian's certificate stating that because of an infirmity or other physical condition, or regimen of therapy, the inoculation of such cat shall be deemed inadvisable.
[Ord. No. 1081 § 1; Ord. No. 1081A §§ 1-2; Ord. No. 1081B § 1; Ord. No. 17-1999]
a. 
Cats must have license number displayed. Any person who shall own, keep, or harbor a cat of licensing age shall annually apply for and procure from the Borough Clerk or other official designated by the governing body thereof to license cats in the municipality in which he or she resides, a license and official registration tag with license number, or a registration sleeve for each cat so owned, kept, or harbored, and shall place upon such cat a collar, or other device with the license number securely fastened or displayed thereto. Acceptable methods of displaying license number shall include, but are not limited to, breakaway or elastic collars. License tags or sleeves are not transferable. In lieu of the use of a collar or other device as aforementioned, the license number and other pertinent information shall be tattooed in the cat's ear at the expense of the owner, keeper or harborer of such cat. Any cat not displaying a current license number shall be considered to be a stray cat and shall be subject to being taken into custody by the Borough or its agents and impounded at the Bergen County Animal Shelter for disposition in accordance with the shelter's policies and procedures.
b. 
Time for applying for license. The owner of any newly acquired cat of licensing age, or of any cat which attains licensing age, shall make application for license tag or sleeve for such cat within 10 days after such acquisition or age attainment. This requirement will not apply to a nonresident keeping a cat within the Borough for no longer than 90 days.
c. 
Cats brought into jurisdiction. Any person who shall bring, or cause to be brought into the Borough, any cat licensed in another state for the current year, and bearing registration tag or sleeve, and shall keep the same or permit the same to be kept within the Borough for a period of more than 90 days, shall immediately apply for a license and registration tag or sleeve for each such cat.
Any person who shall bring or cause to be brought into the Borough any unlicensed cat, and shall keep same or permit same to be kept within the Borough for a period of more than 10 days, shall immediately apply for a license and registration tag or sleeve for each such cat.
d. 
Application, contents, preservation of information. The application shall state the breed, sex, age, color, and markings of the cat for which license and registration are sought, and whether it is of a long or shorthaired variety; also the name, street, and post office address of the owner, and the person who shall keep or harbor such cat. The information on the application and the registration number issued for the cat shall be preserved for a period of three years by the Clerk or other local official designated to license cats in the municipality.
e. 
License forms and tags. License forms and official tags or sleeve shall be furnished by the municipality and shall be numbered serially, and shall bear the year of issuance and the name of the municipality.
f. 
Evidence of inoculation with rabies vaccine or certification of exemption; requirement for license. No Borough Clerk or other official designated by the governing body of any municipality to license cats therein shall grant any such license and official registration tag or sleeve for any cat, unless the owner thereof provides evidence that the cat to be licensed and registered has been inoculated with a rabies vaccine of a type approved by and administered in accordance with the recommendations of the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Department of Human Services, or has been certified exempt as provided by Subsection 5-6.2 herein. The rabies inoculation shall be administered by a duly licensed veterinarian, or by such other veterinarian permitted by law to do the same.
g. 
License fee schedule. A license shall be issued after payment of the following fees:
1. 
For nonsenior citizens, the fee shall be $6 per year for each neutered or spayed cat and $9 per year for each unneutered or unspayed cat.
2. 
For senior citizens, the fee shall be a $4 flat fee per year for a maximum of four cats and $6 per year for each neutered or spayed cat in excess of four cats and $9 per year for each unneutered or unspayed cat in excess of four cats. A senior citizen is herein defined to be a person 62 years of age or older.
3. 
Persons who fail to obtain a license by the last day of February in each year shall be subject to delinquent fees as follows:
(a) 
If obtained by March 31: $10.
(b) 
If obtained by April 30: $15.
(c) 
If obtained by May 31: $20.
(d) 
If obtained by June 30: $25.
(e) 
If obtained by July 31: $30.
(f) 
If obtained by August 31: $35.
(g) 
If obtained by September 30: $40.
(h) 
If obtained by October 31: $45.
(i) 
If obtained by November 30: $50.
(j) 
If obtained by December 31: $55.
(k) 
If obtained by January 31: $60.
h. 
Fees, renewals, expiration date of license. License from another municipality shall be accepted. The person applying for the license and registration tag and/or sleeve shall pay the fee fixed or authorized. The fee for the renewal of license and registration tag or sleeve shall be the same as for the original, and the fees shall be for one year or any fraction thereof. The licenses, registration tags, and renewals thereof shall expire on January 31 in each year. If the licenses, registration tags, and renewals thereof are not obtained by February 28 in each year, a delinquent fee shall be charged as hereinbefore stated.
Only one license and registration tag or sleeve shall be required in the licensing year for any cat in the Borough. Any valid New Jersey license tag or sleeve issued by a New Jersey municipality shall be accepted by this municipality as evidence of compliance.
i. 
Loss of license. If a license tag or sleeve has been misplaced or lost, the Borough Clerk may issue a duplicate license and/or registration sleeve for that particular cat at a fee of $1.
j. 
Proof of licensing. Proof of licensing shall be produced by any person owning, keeping, maintaining, or harboring a cat, upon the request of any Health Official, Police Officer, Animal Control Officer, or other authorized person.
k. 
Interfering with persons performing duties under this section. No person shall hinder, molest, or interfere with anyone authorized or empowered to perform any duty under this section.
l. 
Disposition of fees collected. License fees and other moneys collected or received under the provisions of this section shall be forwarded to the Borough Treasurer and shall be placed in a special account separate from any of the other accounts of the Borough and shall be used for the following purposes only: collecting, keeping, and disposing of cats liable to seizure, for local prevention and control of rabies, providing antirabies treatment under the direction of the local Board of Health for any person known or suspected to have been exposed to rabies, and for administering the provisions of this section. Any unexpected balance remaining in such special account shall be retained until the end of the third fiscal year following, and may be used for any of the purposes set forth in this subsection. At the end of the third fiscal year following, and at the end of each fiscal year thereafter, there shall be transferred from such special account to the general funds of the Borough any amount then in such account which is in excess of the total amount paid into the special account during the last two fiscal years next preceding.
m. 
Limitation of number of cats. No more than four cats of licensing age shall be kept, maintained or harbored at one time in any residential housing unit or on its grounds or in any business establishment or on its grounds. This restriction shall not apply to properly licensed pet shops, kennels, shelters and pounds. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary hereinabove stated, any person who, as of the date of adoption of this Paragraph m, possesses more than four cats of licensing age may continue to keep such cats until their death provided they are licensed as of the date of adoption of this Paragraph m. Any person who violates the provisions of this paragraph shall upon conviction thereof be punished by imprisonment in the County Jail for a term not exceeding 90 days or by a fine not exceeding $500, or both, for each offense.
[Ord. No. 1081 § 1]
Except as otherwise provided in this section, any person who violates, or who fails, or refuses to comply with this section, shall be liable to a penalty of not less than $5, nor more than $50, for each offense, to be recovered by and in the name of the Borough of Ramsey.
[Adopted 6-28-2006 by Ord. No. 19-2006]
The purpose of this section is to establish requirements for the proper disposal of pet solid waste in the Borough, so as to protect public health, safety and welfare, and to prescribe penalties for failure to comply.
a. 
For the purpose of this section, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meanings stated herein unless their use in the text of this section clearly demonstrates a different meaning. When not inconsistent with the context, words use in the present tense include the future, words used in the plural number include the singular number, and words used in the singular number include the plural number. The word "shall" is always mandatory and not merely directory.
b. 
As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
IMMEDIATE
That the pet solid waste is removed at once, without delay.
OWNER/KEEPER
Any person who shall possess, maintain, house or harbor any pet or otherwise have custody of any pet, whether or not the owner of such pet.
PERSON
Any individual, corporation, company, partnership, firm, association, or political subdivision of this state subject to municipal jurisdiction.
PET
A domesticated animal (other than a disability assistance animal) kept for amusement or companionship.
PET SOLID WASTE
Waste matter expelled from the bowels of the pet; excrement.
PROPER DISPOSAL
Placement in a designated waste receptacle, or other suitable container, and discarded in a refuse container which is regularly emptied by the municipality or some other refuse collector; or disposal into a system designed to convey domestic sewage for proper treatment and disposal.
All pet owners and keepers are required to immediately and properly dispose of their pet's solid waste deposited on any property, public or private, not owned or possessed by that person.
Any owner or keeper who requires the use of a disability assistance animal shall be exempt from the provisions of this section while such animal is being used for that purpose.
The provisions of this section shall be enforced by the Ramsey Police Department and the Board of Health of the Borough of Ramsey.
Any person(s) who is found to be in violation of the provisions of this section shall be subject to a fine not to exceed $500.
Each section, subsection, sentence, clause and phrase of this section is declared to be an independent section, subsection, sentence, clause and phrase, and the finding or holding of any such portion of this section to be unconstitutional, void, or ineffective for any cause or reason shall not affect any other portion of this section.