[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Morris as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Animals — See Ch. 514.
Article I Dog Licenses
Article II Pet Waste
[Adopted 7-25-1979 by Ord. No. 23-79 (Ch. 40, Art. I, of the 1969 Code)]
In accordance with N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.2, any person who shall own, keep or harbor a dog of licensing age shall, in the month of January and annually thereafter, apply for and procure from the Clerk of the municipality or other official designated by the governing body thereof to license dogs in the Township a license and official metal registration tag for each such dog so owned, kept or harbored and shall place upon each such dog a collar or harness with the registration tag securely fastened thereto.
[Amended 9-23-1981 by Ord. No. 28-81; 10-9-1991 by Ord. No. 33-91; 5-17-2006 by Ord. No. 11-06; 7-21-2010 by Ord. No. 13-10]
In accordance with N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.12, as amended, there is hereby established an annual dog license fee of $15 for each dog licensed which is spayed and/or neutered and an annual fee of $18 for each dog that is not spayed and/or neutered, which said fee shall be in addition to the sum of $1 for the registration tag of each dog, as prescribed by statute. In addition thereto, there shall be collected all fees otherwise permitted or required to be collected, pursuant to Title 4 of the New Jersey Revised Statutes.
[Amended 7-21-2010 by Ord. No. 13-10]
Any person who shall fail to apply for and secure a license for any dog required to be licensed by statute within the time required shall pay, in addition to the license fee and the registration tag fee, a late charge which shall be in the amount of $20 for each such dog.
Except as modified above, in all other matters and respects, all of the provisions of Chapter 19 of Title 4 of the Revised Statutes of the State of New Jersey, Article 2, are applicable to all persons in the Township of Morris.
Any person who violates any of the provisions of this article or fails or refuses to comply with any of the provisions hereof shall be liable to a fine of not more than $200 for each and every offense or imprisonment for a period not exceeding 90 days, or both, in the discretion of the Judge imposing such fine or imprisonment.
This article shall take effect on January 1, 1980.
[Adopted 3-2-2005 by Ord. No. 1-05 (Ch. 110 of the 1969 Code)]
The purpose of this article is to establish requirements for the proper disposal of pet solid waste in the Township of Morris, so as to protect public health, safety and welfare, and to prescribe penalties for failure to comply.
For the purpose of this article, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meanings stated herein, unless their use in the text of this article clearly demonstrates a different meaning. When not inconsistent with the context, words used in the present tense include the future, words used in the plural number include the singular number, and words used in the singular number include the plural number. The word "shall" is always mandatory and not merely directory.
- The pet solid waste is removed at once, without delay.
- Any person who shall possess, maintain, house or harbor any pet or otherwise have custody of any pet, whether or not the owner of such pet.
- Any individual, corporation, company, partnership, firm, association, or political subdivision of this state subject to municipal jurisdiction.
- A domesticated animal (other than a disability assistance animal) kept for amusement or companionship.
- PET SOLID WASTE
- Waste matter expelled from the bowels of the pet; excrement.
- PROPER DISPOSAL
- Placement in a designated waste receptacle, or other suitable container, and discarded in a refuse container which is regularly emptied by the municipality or some other refuse collector; or disposal into a system designed to convey domestic sewage for proper treatment and disposal. Disposal into a storm drain or stormwater system is strictly prohibited.
All pet owners and keepers are required to immediately and properly dispose of their pet's solid waste deposited on any property, public or private, not owned or possessed by that person. On any property owned or possessed by that person, all pet owners and keepers are required to properly dispose of their pet's solid waste at a frequency of at least weekly or more frequently if necessary to prevent a public health nuisance.
Any owner or keeper who requires the use of a disability assistance animal shall be exempt from the provisions of this article while such animal is being used for that purpose.
The provisions of this article shall be enforced by the Police Department, Animal Control Officer and the local Board of Health of the Township of Morris.
Any person violating any provision of this article shall be liable to a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $500 for each offense, together with the costs of prosecution. A separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day or part of each day during which a violation occurs or continues.