Township of Newtown, PA
Delaware County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Newtown as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 10-14-1974 as Article 709 of the Codified Ordinances of Newtown Township 1973]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
Includes every person having a right of proprietorship or ownership in a dog, and every person who keeps or harbors a dog or has it in his care, and every person who permits a dog to remain on or about any premises occupied by him.
[Amended 4-24-1995 by Ord. No. 1995-2]
The owners of all dogs within the Township shall keep such dogs confined so that such dogs cannot escape or run at large, or the dogs shall be firmly secured so that they cannot stray, escape or run at large.[1]
Editor's Note: Original Subsection (b), pertaining to dogs running at large, which immediately followed this section, was repealed 4-24-1995 by Ord. No. 1995-2.
No owner of any dog shall permit such dog to remain in the open and to howl, yelp or bark for extended periods of time.
No owner of any dog shall permit such dog to cause annoyance to the residents or other persons lawfully in the Township by barking, yelping, howling or causing any other unseemly noise.
No owner of any dog shall permit such dog to injure any person by biting, jumping on, knocking down or attacking such person.
No owner of any dog shall permit such dog to damage or injure personal property, real estate, shrubs, hedges, flowers or any growing thing by running over or across such property or by urinating thereon or defiling the same or by causing excrement to be placed thereon. The owner or keeper of any dog that deposits excrement on public property or on private property not belonging to the owner of such dog shall remove such excrement and dispose of it in a sanitary manner.
[Amended 4-24-1995 by Ord. No. 1995-2]
[Amended 7-12-1982 by Ord. No. 1982-11; 4-24-1995 by Ord. No. 1995-2]
Any licensed or unlicensed dog found running at large in the Township shall be seized and detained by police officers or agents of the Township and shall be impounded, kept and redeemed or disposed of as provided in the Dog Law, 3 P.S. §§ 459-302 and 459-303.[1]
Editor's Note: Former 3 P.S. § 459-303 was repealed December 11, 1996, by P.L. 943, No. 151, § 9. See now 3 P.S. § 459-302(c).
[Amended 3-14-1977 by Ord. No. 1977-5; 4-24-1995 by Ord. No. 1995-2; 2-22-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-06]
Whoever violates any provision of this article shall be fined not more than $600 and the costs of the prosecution and, in default of the payment of the fine and costs, shall be imprisoned for not more than 30 days. A violator shall also reimburse any costs incurred by the Township for the care of stray dogs that have been picked up and transported to the SPCA or other authorized facility for accepting stray dogs within 30 days of notice to the violator of the costs incurred by the Township.