Borough of Bristol, PA
Bucks County
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[Ord. 1005, 7/14/1986; as amended by Ord. 1265, 9/14/2009; and by Ord. 1278, 2/14/2011]
As used in this Part, the following terms have the meaning indicated, unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context:
CONFINEMENT OF DOGS
The owner or keeper of any dog shall be required to confine their dog within a fenced area, which shall be of sufficient design and material to reasonably confine the dog to the premises. The fenced in area shall be secured by a gate, with lock, and the fenced in area shall be no smaller than six feet by 10 feet. The fenced in area required by this section shall otherwise comply with any applicable zoning requirements, including height and setback requirements.
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.
UNDER REASONABLE CONTROL
When not on the premises of the owner, the owner shall have the dog secured by means of a leash, not to exceed a length of six feet, and of a type sufficient to secure that dog, and shall otherwise keep the dog under reasonable control.
[Ord. 1005, 7/14/1986; as amended by Ord. 1265, 9/14/2009]
1. 
Dogs Running at Large. 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 of Bristol.
2. 
Confinement of Dogs. It shall be unlawful for the owner or keeper of any dog to fail to keep at all times such dog either:
A. 
Confined within the premises of the owner.
B. 
Firmly secured by means of a collar and chain or other device so that it cannot stray beyond the premises on which it is secured.
C. 
Under the reasonable control of some person, or when in lawful hunting, exhibition or field training.
[Ord. 1005, 7/14/1986]
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. 1005, 7/14/1986]
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. 1005, 7/14/1986]
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. 1005, 7/14/1986]
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. 1005, 7/14/1986; as amended by Ord. 1278, 2/14/2011; and by Ord. 1295, 9/9/2013]
1. 
The first time a dog is seized, or the owner otherwise cited under this Part, the owner shall pay a fine of $100 to the Borough of Bristol, as well as reasonable fees for keeping the animal in a kennel. The second time a dog of that owner is seized, or the owner is otherwise cited in this Part, the owner shall pay a fine of $300 to the Borough of Bristol, as well as reasonable fees for keeping the animal in a kennel.
2. 
Any owner allowing an animal to run at large a third time, or otherwise cited under 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.