Township of Stillwater, NJ
Sussex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Health of the Township of Stillwater 10-15-2007 by Ord. No. BOH 2007-1. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Animals — See Ch. 429.
The purpose of this chapter is to protect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the Township by preventing health hazards and nuisances caused by dog and cat feces upon public and private property located with the Township.
Defecation on public and private property: No person owning or in charge of any dog or cat shall cause or allow such dog or cat to soil, defile, defecate upon or commit any nuisance upon any public or private property, without the permission of the owner of the property. Any person owning or in charge of a dog or cat which soils, defile, defecates or commits any such nuisance shall immediately remove all feces deposited by such dog or cat in a sanitary manner.
No person shall permit the accumulation of dog or cat feces upon his/her own property or property occupied by him/her to the extent that the odor may be noticeable to any adjoining property owners.
The feces removed from the aforementioned designated areas shall be disposed of by the person owning or in charge of any such dog or cat in a sealed, nonabsorbent, leak-proof container. Disposition in a sanitary manner shall include taking the feces home for deposit, or wrapping the feces and placing same in a trash can. It shall not include burial, disposal by placement in a storm sewer, or placing unwrapped feces in a trash can.
It shall be a complete defense to violations of §§ 450-2, 450-3 and 450-4 if a person shall have immediately removed such defecation and disposed of it in a sanitary manner.
The provisions of this section shall not apply to blind persons who may use their dogs as guides.
In the event of a violation on private property, a complaint is only to be filed by the owner of such property. In the event of such a violation occurring on public property, thoroughfares, walkways or parks, a complaint may be filed by any witness to such an act.
Any person, firm, partnership, corporation or entity violating any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be subject to the penalties set forth in Chapter 1, Article III of the Code of the Township of Stillwater.
It shall be the duty of the Animal Control Officer and/or the Stillwater Police Department[1] to enforce the provisions of this section.
Editor's Note: The Township Police Department was extinguished 9-21-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-8. The New Jersey State Police have agreed to provide full-time police coverage to the Township of Stillwater.