[Adopted 6-21-2001 by Ord. No. 1280 (Ch. 36, Art. I, of the 1972 Code)]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Art. I, Dogs, adopted 6-11-1968 by Ord. No. 968, as amended.
For purposes of this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- The licensed owner of a dog, or any person having control or exercising ownership over a dog, or any person who keeps or permits a dog regularly to remain on or about premises occupied by him.
The owner of a dog shall at all times keep such dog, when unattended, within an adequate enclosure and shall not permit or allow a dog to run at large at any time; and when such dog is attended, the owner shall have the dog securely leashed and under his control. It shall be unlawful for the owner of any dog to permit such dog to remain in the open and to howl, yelp or bark for extended periods of time. It shall be unlawful for the owner of any dog to permit said dog to cause annoyance to the citizens, residents or other persons lawfully in the Borough of Sharon Hill by barking, yelping, howling or causing any other unseemly noise. It shall be unlawful for the owner of any dog to permit said dog to injure any human being. It shall be unlawful for the owner of any dog to permit such dog to damage or injure personal property, real estate, shrubs, hedges, flowers or any growing thing by running over or running across the said property or by urinating thereon or defiling the same or by causing excrement to be placed thereon.
It shall be unlawful for any household to have any more than two dogs in a residence.
It shall be unlawful for any person to breed or engage in the breeding of dogs.
Any person who shall violate this section of this article is hereby subject to a fine of $300 for the first violation hereof and to an additional fine of $300 for each subsequent offense, in addition to other penalties listed in this chapter.
Any dog running at large or left unattended, as provided in § 105-2 above, shall be seized and impounded at that time by the police or other duly designated representative or agent of the Borough of Sharon Hill, herein collectively called "officer," and such officer is empowered to pursue such dog into any building or other enclosure to seize it.
It shall be the duty of such officer to forthwith notify the owner of any licensed dog of the seizure and impounding, and the owner shall have the right to claim such dog upon payment of the costs of impoundment. Any dog not claimed within 10 days of seizure shall be disposed of by sale or humane destruction. If a dog wears no license and is running at large, the officer shall have no duty to find an owner nor to hold the dog impounded, and upon seizure may immediately have the dog disposed of or hold the same as provided for licensed dogs.
Any person who shall be convicted of a violation of any of the provisions of this article before any Magisterial District Judge shall be sentenced to pay a maximum fine as provided from time to time by state statute, together with costs of prosecution, or to imprisonment in the county jail for a term not to exceed 30 days, or both.