Borough of Bristol, PA
Bucks County
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[Ord. 1132, 6/8/1998, § 1]
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 cat or having custody of any cat, or any person who harbors or permits a cat 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 cat.
[Ord. 1132, 6/8/1998, § 2]
It shall be unlawful for the owner of any cat or cats to allow or permit such cat or cats to run at large in the Borough.
[Ord. 1132, 6/8/1998, § 3; as amended by Ord. 1295, 9/9/2013]
It shall be unlawful for any person to keep more than four cats per 500 square feet of lot area within the Borough of Bristol except that a litter of kittens may be kept for a period of time not to exceed six months from the date of birth. This provision shall not apply to kennels which have been licensed by the State of Pennsylvania and have received an occupancy certificate from the Borough for that use.
[Ord. 1132, 6/8/1998, § 4]
The Animal Control Officer may seize any cat found at large in the Borough. Such cats shall be impounded in a facility provided by the Borough.
[Ord. 1132, 6/8/1998, § 5]
Owners of cats with an identification tag giving the name and address of the owner shall be notified by registered or certified mail, with return receipt, that the cat is impounded and will be disposed of in three days if not claimed. Three days after the return receipt indicates delivery or notification of registration or certified mail to the recipient, and the cat has not been claimed, the cat may be destroyed in a humane fashion by the Borough.
[Ord. 1132, 6/8/1998, § 6]
Cats that do not have an identification tag giving the name and address of the owner or that, in the opinion of any police officer, constitute a threat to public health and welfare may be destroyed by the Borough in a humane fashion after 72 hours after being seized by the Animal Control Officer.
[Ord. 1132, 6/8/1998, § 7; as amended by Ord. 1295, 9/9/2013]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision 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.