Township of East Fallowfield, PA
Chester County
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§ 2-101 Disturbance of the Peace.

[Ord. 5/7/1986, § 3-201]
It shall be unlawful to harbor or keep in custody any animal which disturbs the peace. It shall be unlawful to own, harbor, or keep in custody any animal which disturbs the peace by barking, howling, or making other loud noise to the annoyance and discomfort of any person in the Township of East Fallowfield. Barking, howling, or making other loud noises by any animal for more than 15 minutes shall be deemed to disturb the peace and to cause the annoyance and discomfort of persons in the Township of East Fallowfield.

§ 2-102 Penalty.

[Ord. 5/7/1986, § 3-202; as amended by Ord. 2010-01, 3/23/2010]
Any person, firm, or corporation who harbors or keeps in custody any animal which disturbs the peace shall, upon conviction thereof in an action brought before a magisterial district judge in the manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days. Each day that a violation of this Part continues or each section of this Part which shall be found to have been violated shall constitute a separate offense.

§ 2-201 Animal Restraint and Control.

[Ord. 27, 8/5/1963]
This Part prohibits owners, custodians, and keepers of licensed dogs from allowing such dogs to run at large; providing for the seizure and impounding of such dogs when at large; requiring the reimbursement of charges incurred by reason of such detention of dogs.

§ 2-202 Unlawful to Allow Dogs to Run at Large.

[Ord. 27, 8/5/1963; as amended by Ord. 5/7/1986, § 3-101]
It shall be unlawful for the owner, custodian, or keeper of any dog, bearing the current license tag, to allow such dog to run at large at any time, either upon any of the roads in East Fallowfield Township, or upon the property of another than the owner, custodian, or keeper of such dog, unless accompanied by and under the immediate control of such owner, custodian, or keeper.

§ 2-203 Seizure and Impounding of Dogs Found at Large; Redemption Thereof.

[Ord. 27, 8/5/1963; as amended by Ord. 7/7/1982; and by Ord. 5/7/1986, § 3-102]
It shall be the duty of any police officer and/or animal control officer and/or animal control agency so designated by the Township of East Fallowfield who witnesses any dog running at large in conflict with the provisions of the § 2-201 of this Part, or who receives information of any dog so running at large, to seize such dog and to convey it to the place designated by East Fallowfield Township as a pound or to the agency kennels or pound. Notice of such seizure shall be given to the owner of such dog to claim such dog within 10 days in the manner prescribed by law, upon payment of detention charges. Detention charges shall be at the rate of $5 per day or part thereof during the detention of the dog for the first violation of this Part and $35 per day or part thereof for subsequent offenses. If after 10 days from the giving of the notice such dog has not been claimed, said dog shall be disposed of in the manner prescribed by law.

§ 2-204 Penalty.

[Ord. 27, 8/5/1963; as amended by Ord. 5/7/1986, § 3-103; and by Ord. 2010-01, 3/23/2010]
1. 
The first two times a dog is seized, the owner shall pay a fine of $15 to the Township as well as reasonable fees for keeping the animal in a kennel in an amount as established from time to time by resolution of the Board of Supervisors.
2. 
Any person allowing a dog to run at large a third time in violation of this Part, upon conviction thereof in an action brought before a magisterial district judge in the manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days. Each day that a violation of this Part continues or each section of this Part which shall be found to have been violated shall constitute a separate offense.