[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Harrisburg by Ord. No. 11-1992. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Breeders, foster homes, pet shops, and similar establishments that keep, harbor, board, shelter, lease, sell, or give away more than five dogs and/or cats in a calendar year shall apply to the City for a kennel/cattery permit on or before January 1 of each year. All applications for a kennel/cattery permit shall be forwarded to the Animal Control Section for approval before the permit is issued. The application forms and permit shall be as provided by the Animal Control Section. A separate permit shall be required for every location for which a kennel or cattery is kept or operated. Animal shelters, kennels and other institutions registered with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture and/or the United States Department of Agriculture shall be exempt from the requirements of this chapter. Animal hospitals or clinics shall be exempt from the requirements of this chapter.
The fee for a kennel/cattery permit shall be $25 plus a registration fee of $25 for each litter of puppies or kittens born. The first litter born during a calendar year shall be exempt from the litter registration fee.
Permit fees and litter registration fees for nonprofit foster homes shall be waived.
Every owner or operator of a kennel or cattery shall keep for two years a record of every dog and cat kept in the kennel or cattery at any time. Such records shall show:
The breed, color, marking, sex and age of each dog or cat;
The date on which it entered the kennel;
Where it came from;
To whom it belongs;
For what purpose each dog or cat was kept in the kennel or cattery;
The date on which the dog or cat left the kennel or cattery; and
How and to whom it was disposed.
Such records shall be legible, shall be kept on the premises of the kennel or cattery and shall be open to inspection by any authorized employee of the Animal Control Section or Police Bureau.
Designated employees of the Animal Control Section or Police Bureau are hereby authorized to inspect all kennels and catteries and to enforce the provisions of this chapter and regulations promulgated by the Chief of Police pursuant to this chapter. It shall be unlawful for any person to refuse admittance to such authorized employees of the Animal Control Section or Police Bureau for the purpose of making inspections and enforcing the provisions of this chapter.
It shall be unlawful for kennels or catteries to operate without first obtaining a kennel/cattery permit.
The Chief of Police will have the power to revoke or refuse to issue any kennel/cattery permit upon conviction for any violation of this chapter or the noncompliance with any regulations pursuant to this chapter or for the conviction for violation of any law relating to cruelty to animals.
All kennel and cattery owners and keepers shall provide their animals with adequate veterinary care under the direction of a licensed veterinarian.
Any kennel or cattery that offers a dog or cat for sale shall provide the buyer with a health record for that dog or cat at the time of sale. The health record shall set forth the following:
The dog's or cat's breed. If the breed is unknown or mixed, the health record shall so indicate;
The dog's or cat's date of birth. The date of birth may be approximated if not known;
The dog's or cat's sex;
The dog's or cat's color and markings;
A list of all vaccinations administered to the dog or cat, the date of the vaccinations and the name of the person who administered them, if known, up to the date of sale;
The date and type of any parasitical medicine that was administered to the dog or cat;
The name, address, and signature of the seller, along with a statement affirming all the information provided is true; and
The health record shall be signed and dated by both the seller and purchaser.
A seller shall provide the buyer of each dog or cat with a statement signed by a licensed veterinarian stating that the dog or cat is apparently free of any contagious or infectious illness and not clinically ill from parasitic infection at the time of the physical examination which shall occur no more than 30 days prior to the date of sale. Congenital and hereditary defects discovered by the veterinarian in the course of the examination shall be listed in the statement. The statement shall include the name, address and signature of the veterinarian and the date the dog or cat was examined.
The kennel or cattery shall be structurally sound and maintained in a manner to contain dogs or cats to protect them from injury and to restrict the entrance of other animals.
The interior building surfaces of the kennel or cattery shall be constructed and maintained so that they are water resistant and may be readily sanitized.
A drain shall be provided to rapidly eliminate any excess liquids from kennels.
The kennel or cattery temperature shall be maintained at a level to protect the health and comfort of the dogs or cats housed. Shade shall be provided to protect the animals from the direct rays of the sun.
Kennels and catteries shall be constructed to provided for the health and comfort of the animals. The facilities shall be provided with fresh air either by means of windows, doors, vents, or air conditioning and shall be ventilated so as to minimize drafts, odors and moisture condensation.
Kennels and catteries shall have ample lighting by natural or artificial means. The lighting shall provide uniformly distributed illumination of sufficient intensity to permit routine inspection and cleaning. Artificial light shall be regulated to provide a natural day/night cycle.
The primary enclosure shall be constructed and maintained so as to provide sufficient space to allow each dog or cat to turn about freely and to stand erect, sit and lie down in a comfortable, normal position. Litters of puppies under eight weeks of age and litters of kittens under 16 weeks of age may be kept in the same primary enclosure so long as the total weight does not exceed the provisions of this section. The minimum area dimension for cats and various dogs shall be as follows:
Primary enclosures shall be sanitized with appropriate detergents and/or disinfectants to prevent an accumulation of debris or excreta or a disease hazard. No dog or cat shall be placed in a primary enclosure previously occupied unless the enclosure has been sanitized.
Feeding bowls and watering devices shall be washed and sanitized on a daily basis.
The buildings and grounds of kennels and catteries shall be maintained and kept clean and in good repair in order to protect the animals from injury and to facilitate practices required by this chapter. Kennels and catteries shall have an effective program that controls egress by insects, ectoparasites and avian and mammalian pests. Evidence of insects, ectoparasites and avian and mammalian pests or conditions that would allow or encourage infestation in a kennel are indicative of an ineffective program and unsanitary environmental sanitation in the kennel.
No person shall interfere with, hinder or molest any authorized employee or agent of the City or its Animal Control Section in the performance of any duty as herein provided.
No person shall interfere or tamper with or damage any trap or release any animal caught in a trap set by any authorized employee or agent of the City or its Animal Control Section.
[Added 10-22-1996 by Ord. No. 16-1996]
Any person found guilty of violating § 3-507.6 shall be subject to a fine of $100, plus costs, if it is the first offense. The penalty shall be $1,000, plus costs, for each subsequent offense.
Any person violating any other provision of this chapter shall be fined $350, plus costs, if it is a first offense. The penalty shall be $1,000, plus costs, for each subsequent offense.