[Adopted by Ord. No. 52-56 (Ch. V, Sec. 5-2, of the 1986 Revised General Ordinances)]
[Amended by Ord. No. 281-81]
No person owning, having care, custody or control of, keeping or harboring any dog or dogs shall suffer or permit the same to run at large upon the public streets or upon property not his own within the limits of the Township.
Any dog found running at large within the Township shall be taken into custody by the Township Animal Control Officer or any police officer of the Township. Any dog so taken into custody may be impounded as provided immediately below in § 145-9 or may be returned directly to the owner or the person keeping or harboring the dog, if such owner or person is known. In any event, whether the dog is impounded or returned directly to its owner or other person keeping or harboring the dog, a redemption fee as set forth in Chapter 235, Fees, to cover expenses incurred in seizing the dog shall be collected by the Animal Control Officer or the police officer, as the case may be, from the owner or other person in possession of the dog at the time of the return. If the Animal Control Officer or the police officer seizing the dog elects to return the dog directly to its owner or keeper and such owner or person keeping the dog refuses to pay such redemption fee, the dog shall be impounded in accordance with the procedure established below in § 145-9.
[Added by Ord. No. 197-76]
Any dog or animal found at large or found under circumstances or in conditions as specified in N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.16 may be taken by a police officer or the Animal Control Officer, impounded in the animal shelter and there confined in the manner prescribed by N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.16. The Animal Control Officer or designee shall follow the guidelines established in N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.16 regarding noticing, adoption and disposition of animals. The owner of the animal shall be responsible for all expenses incurred by the Township in connection with seizure and impounding of the animal.
No person shall hinder, molest or interfere with anyone authorized or empowered to seize and impound dogs.
The Animal Control Officer or any police officer of the Township may humanely destroy a dog in self defense, or found attacking a person, or which is found chasing, worrying, wounding or destroying any poultry or livestock.
[Amended by Ord. No. 197-76; Ord. No. 246-80; Ord. No. 281-81; 6-13-1994 by Ord. No. 533-94]
Except as otherwise provided in N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.19, any person who shall violate, fail or refuse to comply with this article shall be subject to the penalty in § 1-3, General penalty, of the Code of the Township of Mine Hill.
[Amended 6-13-1994 by Ord. No. 533-94]
Abandoning dogs. No person shall abandon any dog, no matter what its age may be, within the Township.
Barking dogs. No person shall cause, allow, permit or harbor any dog that habitually barks or cries, creating a noise disturbance, across a residential real property line. For the purpose of this article, "noise disturbance" from a barking dog may be defined as that created by a dog barking continuously for 30 minutes or intermittently for 60 minutes.
The duty of care. No person having the care, custody or control of any dog or dogs shall leave the dog or dogs in any vacant building or tied upon any property without proper food, water and shelter.
Access to premises; seizure of dogs. Any officer or agent authorized or empowered to perform any duty under this article shall be hereby authorized to go upon any premises to seize for impoundment when such officer is in immediate pursuit of such dog or dogs, except upon the premises of the owner of the dog if such owner is present and forbids the same.
[Added 5-4-2006 by Ord. No. 14-06]
No person shall keep, harbor or maintain, or permit to be kept, harbored or maintained, a total of more than five dogs over seven months of age, at any one time, in any residence or upon its grounds, or in any business establishment or on its grounds. This section shall exempt duly licensed veterinary establishments, pet shops, animal shelters, and kennels.
It shall constitute a separate violation for each day that each dog in excess of five is kept, harbored or maintained at a residence.