[Adopted 12-27-1989 as Ch. BH-XII of the 1982 Revised General Ordinances (Ch. 335, Art. II of the 1993 Code)]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Dog or cat.
- ANIMAL CONTROL AUTHORITY
- Any person or agency designated or certified by the State of New Jersey to enforce the provisions of this article.
- Any member of the domestic feline species; male, female or altered.
- CAT OF LICENSING AGE
- Any cat which has attained the age of seven months or which possesses a set of permanent teeth.
- Any room or group of rooms, cage or exhibition pen, not part of a kennel, wherein cats for sale are kept or displayed.
- LICENSING AUTHORITY
- The agency or department of Hazlet Township or any designated representative thereof charged with administering the issuance and/or revocation of permits and licenses under the provisions of this article.
- Rendered permanently incapable of reproduction as certified by a licensed veterinarian.
- When applied to the proprietorship of a cat, includes every person having a right of property (or custody) in such cat and every person who has such cat in his or her keeping or who harbors or maintains a cat or knowingly permits a cat to remain on or about any premises occupied by that person.
- Any individual, corporation, partnership, organization or institution commonly recognized by law as a unit.
Vaccination and license requirements. No person shall own, keep, harbor or maintain any cat over seven months of age within Hazlet Township, unless such cat is vaccinated and licensed. The provisions of this section do not apply to cats held in a cattery or those held by a state or federal licensed research facility or a veterinary establishment where cats are received or kept for diagnostic, medical, surgical or other treatments or licensed animal shelters, pounds, kennels or pet shops.
Vaccination. All cats shall be vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian in accordance with the latest Compendium of Animal Rabies Vaccines and Recommendations for Immunization, published by the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians, except as provided for in Subsection D.
Vaccination certificate. A certificate of vaccination shall be issued to the owner of each animal vaccinated on a form recommended by the state.
Exemptions. Any cat may be exempted from the requirements of such vaccination for a specified period of time by the Monmouth County Health Department, upon presentation of a veterinarian's certificate stating that, because of an infirmity or other physical condition or regimen of therapy, the inoculation of such cat shall be deemed inadvisable.
Cats must have license number displayed. Any person who shall own, keep or harbor a cat of licensing age shall annually apply for and procure from the Clerk of the municipality or other official designated by the governing body thereof to license cats in the municipality in which he or she resides a license and official registration tag with license number or a registration sleeve for each cat so owned, kept or harbored and shall place upon such cat a collar or other device with the license number securely fastened or displayed thereto. Acceptable methods of displaying license number shall include, but are not limited to, breakaway or elastic collars. License tags or sleeves are not transferable.
Time for applying for license. The owner of any newly acquired cat of licensing age or of any cat which attains licensing age shall make application for license tag or sleeve for such cat within 10 days after such acquisition or age attainment. This requirement will not apply to a nonresident keeping a cat within Hazlet Township for no longer than 90 days.
Cats brought into jurisdiction.
Any person who shall bring or cause to be brought into Hazlet Township any cat licensed in another state for the current year and bearing registration tag or sleeve and shall keep the same or permit the same to be kept within Hazlet Township for a period of more than 90 days shall immediately apply for a license and registration tag or sleeve for each such cat.
Any person who shall bring or cause to be brought into Hazlet Township any unlicensed cat and shall keep the same or permit the same to be kept within Hazlet Township for a period of more than 10 days shall immediately apply for a license and registration tag or sleeve for each such cat.
Application; contents; preservation of information. The application shall state the breed, sex, age, color and markings of the cat for which license and registration are sought and whether it is of long- or shorthaired variety; also the name, street and post office address of the owner, and the person who shall keep or harbor such cat. The information on said application and the registration number issued for the cat shall be preserved for a period of three years by Hazlet Health Services or other local official designated to license cats in the municipality.
License forms and tags. License forms and official tags or sleeves shall be furnished by the municipality and shall be numbered serially and shall bear the year of issuance and the name of the municipality.
Evidence of inoculation with rabies vaccine or certification of exemption; requirement for license. Hazlet Health Services or other official designated by the governing body of any municipality to license cats therein shall not grant any such license and official registration tag or sleeve for any cat unless the owner thereof provides evidence that the cat to be licensed and registered has been inoculated with a rabies vaccine of a type approved by and administered in accordance with the recommendations of the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Department of Human Services or has been certified exempt as provided by § 480-19 of this article. The rabies inoculation shall be administered by a duly licensed veterinarian or by such other veterinarian permitted by law to do the same.
License fee schedule.
Persons who fail to obtain a license as required within the time period specified in this section will be subject to a delinquent fee of $5.
Fees; renewals; expiration date of license.
Licenses from another municipality shall be accepted. The person applying for the license and registration tag and/or sleeve shall pay the fee fixed or authorized. The fee for the renewal of license and registration tag or sleeve shall be the same as for the original, and said license, registration tag or sleeve and renewal thereof shall expire on January 31 in the following year.
Only one license and registration tag or sleeve shall be required in the licensing year for any cat in Hazlet Township. Any valid New Jersey license tag or sleeve issued by a New Jersey municipality shall be accepted by this municipality as evidence of compliance.
Loss of license. If a license tag or sleeve has been misplaced or lost, Hazlet Health Services or other official designated by the governing body to license cats may issue a duplicate license and/or registration sleeve for that particular cat at a fee of $1.
Proof of licensing. Proof of licensing shall be produced by any person owning, keeping, maintaining or harboring a cat, upon the request of any health official, police officer, animal control officer or other authorized person.
[Added 9-4-2012 by Ord. No. 1511-12]
No more than four cats of licensing age shall be kept, maintained or harbored at one time for any length of time in any residential housing unit or on its grounds or in any business establishment or on its grounds.
[Added 9-4-2012 by Ord. No. 1511-12]
Any cat found running at large in the Township shall be apprehended and impounded by the enforcing agent of the Township Committee upon complaint of any citizen.
No person shall hinder, molest or interfere with anyone authorized or empowered to perform any duty under this article.
License fees and other moneys collected or received under the provisions of this article shall be forwarded to the Chief Financial Officer of the municipality, and shall be placed in a special account separate from any other accounts of the municipality and shall be used for the following purposes only:
Collecting, keeping and disposing of cats liable to seizure.
Local prevention and control of rabies.
Providing antirabies treatment under the direction of the Monmouth County Board of Health for any person known or suspected to have been exposed to rabies.
[Amended 9-4-2012 by Ord. No. 1511-12]
Administering the provisions of this article.
Any unexpected balance remaining in such special account shall be retained until the end of the third fiscal year following, and may be used for any of the purposes set forth in this section. At the end of said third fiscal year following and at the end of each fiscal year thereafter there shall be transferred from such special account to the general funds of the municipality any amount then in such account which is in excess of the total amount paid into the special account during the last two fiscal years next preceding.
[Amended 9-4-2012 by Ord. No. 1511-12]
Except as otherwise provided in this article, any person who violates or who fails or refuses to comply with this article shall be liable to a penalty of not less than $25 nor more than $100 for each offense, to be recovered by and in the name of the Monmouth County Health Department or by and in the name of the municipality.