[Adopted 3-14-1955 by Ord. No. 88; amended in its entirety 11-17-1987 by Ord. No. 456 (Ch. 2, Part 1, of the 1987 Code of Ordinances)]
As used in this article, the following terms have the meaning indicated, unless different meaning clearly appears from the context:
- Any person having a right of property in any dog or having custody of any dog, or any person who harbors or permits a dog to remain on or around his or her property.
- RUNNING AT LARGE
- Being upon any public highway, street, alley, park, or any other public land, or upon property of another person other than the owner, and not being accompanied by or under the control of the owner or any other person having custody of said dog.
It shall be unlawful for the owner of any dog or dogs to allow or permit such dog or dogs to run at large in the Township.
Any police officer or dog warden may seize any dog found at large in the Township. Such dogs are to be impounded in a licensed kennel.
Owners of licensed dogs are to be notified by registered or certified mail, with return receipt, that the dog is impounded and will be disposed of in five days if not claimed. Five days after the return receipt has been received, and the dog has not been claimed, the dog may be sold or destroyed in accordance with the 1982 Dog Law.
Unlicensed dogs that are seized are to be held in such kennel for 48 hours and if not claimed may be destroyed in accordance with the 1982 Dog Law.
Editor's Note: See 3 P.S. § 459-101 et seq.
Dogs that, in the opinion of any police officer or dog warden, constitutes a threat to public health and welfare may be killed by the police or dog warden.
[Amended 12-8-1988 by Ord. No. 465]
The first two times a dog is seized, the owner shall pay a fine of $50 to the Township as well as reasonable fees, plus S.P.C.A. boarding, handling, and transportation fees as established from time to time by resolution of Council.
Any person allowing an animal to run at large a third time in violation of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $50 for the first offense, $50 for the second offense, $100 for the third offense and $200 for the fourth and subsequent offense, and not more than $600 together with the costs of prosecution, and, in default of payment of such fine and costs to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 30 days. In addition to any fine, the violator will be subject to pay any reasonable fees, plus S.P.C.A. boarding, handling, and transportation fees as indicated.