Borough of Boyertown, PA
Berks County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Boyertown as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Parks and recreation areas — See Ch. 132.
[Adopted 7-6-1992 by Ord. No. 13-92]
It shall be unlawful for any owner, custodian or keeper of a dog or dogs to allow or permit a dog to commit a nuisance on any public property or on any private property which is detrimental to the public health and welfare by reason of repeated barking, howling or yelping of any dog in such manner as to disturb or annoy persons in the neighborhood.
Continuous barking, howling or making of other loud noises by such dog for more than one hour or continuous barking for periods of less than one hour but more than 1/2 hour, which periods occur on two or more consecutive days, shall be deemed a nuisance.
Any owner, custodian or keeper of any dog shall, as soon as practicable, upon notice by or on behalf of the owner of any property, whether public or private, other than the property of the dog's owner, of any action by the dog, remove in any sanitary method all feces deposited by the dog on such property, and the same shall be deposited in the owner's garbage or disposed of in some other sanitary method. The deposits shall be properly wrapped, packaged or protected so as to prevent unsightly disposal, smell or interference with the health and welfare of the community.
The Borough of Boyertown has entered into an agreement with the Humane Society of Berks County so that the society will perform certain services for stray and domestic dogs. As a part of the agreement, the society will charge the Borough a fee, plus mileage, to pick up stray or abused dogs. If the owner of the dog(s) can be identified, the total cost of the pickup shall be billed to that owner.
[Amended 6-2-2008 by Ord. No. 02-08]
Any owner, custodian or keeper of any dog who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction before a District Justice, pay a fine of not less than $25 nor more than $300. No penalty under this section shall be imposed upon any owner, custodian or keeper for a violation of § 64-1 or 64-2 of this chapter, unless written warning of such action has first been served upon such person or mailed to him 30 days prior to instituting proceedings for the collection of such penalty, and unless a written complaint of such violation has been made to the Borough of Boyertown by at least one adult resident citizen.