Borough of Emmaus, PA
Lehigh County
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[Ord. 480, 12/30/1971; as amended by Ord. 675, 11/17/1986]
As used in this Part, the following terms have the meaning indicated, unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context:
OWNER
Any person having a right of property in any dog or having custody of any dog, or any person who harbors or permits a dog to remain on or around his or her property.
RUNNING AT LARGE
Being upon any public highway, street, alley, park, or any other public land, or upon property of another person other than the owner, and not being accompanied by or under the control of the owner or any other person having custody of said dog.
[Ord. 480, 12/30/1971; as amended by Ord. 675, 11/17/1986]
It shall be unlawful for the owner of any dog or dogs to allow or permit such dog or dogs to run at large in the Borough.
[Ord. 480, 12/30/1971; as amended by Ord. 675, 11/17/1986]
Any police officer or dog warden may seize any dog found at large in Borough. Such dogs are to be impounded in a licensed kennel.
[Ord. 480, 12/30/1971; as amended by Ord. 675, 11/17/1986]
Owners of licensed dogs are to be notified by registered or certified mail, with return receipt, that the dog is impounded and will be disposed of in five days if not claimed. Five days after the return receipt has been received, and the dog has not been claimed, the dog may be sold or destroyed in accordance with the 1982 Dog Law.
[Ord. 480, 12/30/1971; as amended by Ord. 675, 11/17/1986]
Unlicensed dogs that are seized are to be held in such kennel for 48 hours and if not claimed may be destroyed in accordance with the 1982 Dog Law.
[Ord. 480, 12/30/1971; as amended by Ord. 675, 11/17/1986]
Dogs that, in the opinion of any police officer or dog warden, constitutes a threat to public health and welfare may be killed by the police or dog warden.
[Ord. 480, 12/30/1971; as amended by Ord. 675, 11/17/1986]
The first two times a dog is seized, the owner shall pay a fine of $15 to the Borough as well as reasonable fees for keeping the animal in a kennel.
Any person allowing an animal to run at large a third time in violation of this Part 1 shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $300; and/or to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 90 days.