[Adopted 6-21-2001 by Ord. No. 1280 (Ch. 36, Art. III, of the 1972 Code)]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Art. III, Domestic Animals, adopted 12-28-1972 by Ord. No. 1019, as amended.
This article shall be known as the "Domestic Animal Ordinance."
For the purposes of this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- HEALTH OFFICER
- The Borough Health Officer.
- KEEPER or PERSON
- Any person, firm or corporation owning or actually keeping, having, using or maintaining any of the animals herein referred to.
- LARGE ANIMALS
- All individual species of the bovine (Bovidae), equine (Equidae) and swine (Suidae) families.
- A state of being constructed so as to effectively prevent entry of rats.
- Any condition of good order and cleanliness which precludes the probability of disease transmission.
- SMALL ANIMALS
- Rabbits, hares, guinea pigs, chinchillas, chickens, geese, ducks, hamsters and ferrets.
Every owner shall keep or observe the following practices:
Every keeper of any said animals shall confine the same in an enclosure sufficient to prevent their running at large, and such enclosure shall be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition at all times, and an approved insecticide shall be used as often as is deemed necessary by the Health Officer.
Every keeper shall provide a shelter or area of a size sufficient to be conducive to good sanitation practices, and he shall provide adequate and sanitary drainage for the shelter or area.
Every keeper of any of said animals shall cause the litter and droppings therefrom to be collected daily in a container or receptacle of such a type that when closed it is ratproof and flytight, and after each such collection shall cause such container or receptacle to be kept closed. At least twice a week each such keeper shall cause all litter and droppings so collected to be disposed of in such a way as not to permit the presence of fly larvae.
Every keeper of any of said animals shall cause all feed provided therefor to be stored and kept in a ratproof and flytight building, box, container or receptacle.
The premises shall be subject to inspection by the Health Officer or any of his representatives at any reasonable hour of the day.
It shall be the duty of the holder of any permit provided for in this article to maintain and operate the housing and keeping of such animals in such a manner as not to create a nuisance as determined by any court of competent jurisdiction.
Medical laboratories, educational institutions, veterinary hospitals, pet shops or other similar activities shall keep and maintain animals under the same conditions prescribed by this article and with the distance and structural requirements herein set forth.
This article shall be cumulative of all other sanitary ordinances or regulations of the Borough of Sharon Hill, unless in conflict with the terms of said ordinances and regulations; in which case the terms of this article shall prevail.
It shall be unlawful to feed any stray animal.
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.