Borough of Renovo, PA
Clinton County
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[Ord. 620, 7/14/1975; as amended by A.O.]
No person, firm or corporation shall keep any pigs, fowl, chickens, horses, cows, goats or any other undomesticated animal as determined by Council at any place within the Borough of Renovo, and 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 together with reasonable attorney fees 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.
[Ord. 790, 6/8/2016]
For the purpose of this Part, the following terms shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context in which the word is used clearly indicates otherwise:
ANIMAL
Any dog, cat, domesticated animal or nondomesticated animal.
BOROUGH
Borough of Renovo.
CAREGIVER
Any person who provides care, including food, water, shelter and in some cases, medical care to feral cats, and, in accordance with a program approved by the Borough to trap, neuter, vaccinate, ear-tip, and return feral cats to the location at which there are trapped.
FERAL CAT
An unowned free-roaming cat that is partially socialized or unsocialized to humans and tends to resist contact with humans.
MOTOR VEHICLE
A vehicle which is self-propelled except one which is propelled solely by human power or electric power obtained by overhead trolley wires, but not operated upon rails.
NUISANCE
An animal shall be considered a nuisance if it habitually trespasses upon or damages either private or public property or annoys or harms lawful users or occupants thereof.
ORDINANCE OFFICER
Any person employed by the Borough whose duty it is to enforce the Borough ordinances.
OWNER
Any person having a right of property in, having custody of or who harbors or permits a dog, cat, domestic animal or any nondomestic animal to remain on or around his or her property, excluding feral cat caregivers as defined herein.
PERSON
A natural person, firm, partnership, association or corporation.
POLICE OFFICER
Any person employed by the Borough whose duty it is to preserve peace or to make arrests or to enforce any law, including auxiliary policemen.
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 firmly secured by means of a collar and chain or other device so that it cannot stray or not being accompanied by or under the reasonable contact of some person.
SPONSOR
An eligible animal welfare organization appointed by Borough of Renovo to run a TNR program in the Borough.
STRAY CAT
Any cat whose owner or keeper from time to time allows the cat to run free of the property of the owner or keeper.
TRAP, NEUTER AND RETURN (TNR)
A non-lethal approach to feral cat population control where feral cats are humanely trapped, sterilized, vaccinated, ear-tipped and then returned to the location where they were originally trapped.
VEHICLE
Every device in, upon or by which any person or property is or may be transported or driven upon any highway, street, road or alley except devices used exclusively upon rails or tracks.
[Ord. 790, 6/8/2016]
No person shall allow any animal confined on that person's premises to make any loud or harsh noise or disturbance which shall interfere with or deprive the peace, quiet, rest or sleep of any person within the Borough.
[Ord. 790, 6/8/2016]
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No person shall allow any animal owned by him or his control to defecate on any sidewalk, walkway or the property of another without immediately removing such excrement.
2. 
Any vision or mobility-impaired person who relies upon a dog specifically trained for such purposes shall be exempt from compliance with this section.
[Ord. 790, 6/8/2016]
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No person shall permit any dog owned by him or under his supervision or control, to run at large at any time upon public streets, alleys, highways, or public grounds of the Borough or upon the private property of any other person or upon any property other than property belonging to the owner of such dog or to a person under whose supervision or control of such dog is being kept. A dog must be firmly secured by means of a collar and chain or other device so that it cannot stray, or must be accompanied by or under the reasonable control of some person.
2. 
Any police officer or ordinance officer is hereby authorized and empowered to seize and detain any animal which is found running at large in the Borough, or upon any property other than the property of the owner of such animal, and unaccompanied by the owner when such officer is in immediate pursuit of such animal.
3. 
The provisions of this section shall apply to all animals found running at large in violation of this section, irrespective of payment for or issuance of any license in respect to the animal involved.
4. 
The Borough Council is hereby empowered and authorized to engage the services of a qualified and suitable person to enforce the provisions of this section.
[Ord. 790, 6/8/2016]
Any police officer or ordinance officer of the Borough is hereby authorized to seize and detain any animal running at large in violation of § 2-204 or any animal concerning which information has been received that such animal has been running at large. Any animal so seized shall be held by the Borough for 48 hours. Immediate notice of such seizure, either personally or by certified mail or e-mail, with return receipt requested, shall be given to the person in whose name the license, if any, was issued, or his agent, to claim such animal within 48 hours after receipt hereof. In the event that the animal does not bear a proper license tag, immediate notice, either personally or by certified mail or e-mail, return receipt requested, shall be given to the person, or his agent, known to be the owner of such animal. The owner or claimant of an animal so detained shall pay a penalty of $50 to the Borough, together with a charge as set forth from time to time by resolution of the Borough Council per day for room and board or daily charge of the shelter where the animal is kept, whichever amount is greater. No animal shall be returned to the owner or claimant until said penalty and expense or charges shall be paid.
[Ord. 790, 6/8/2016]
If after 48 hours of such notice as set forth in § 2-205, such animal has not been claimed, the police officer or ordinance officer shall convey the animal to a shelter, animal rescue, or foster care. No licensed animal shall be adopted, sold or otherwise disposed of unless such licensed animal remains unclaimed five days after notification, evidenced by obtaining a return receipt if notified by certified mail or e-mail. Where the owner or agent of an unlicensed animal is not known, the police officer or ordinance officer shall convey such animal to a shelter, animal rescue, or foster care. No animal shall be sold for the purpose of vivisection or research or be conveyed in any manner for such purposes.
[Ord. 790, 6/8/2016]
No person other than a person actually working a dog or other animal for agricultural purposes shall transport or carry on any public highway, street, road or alley such dog or other animal, unless such dog or other animal is safely enclosed within the motor vehicle or protected by a container, cage, cross tether of other device to prevent the dog or animal from falling from, being thrown from or out of jumping from said motor vehicle.
[Ord. 790, 6/8/2016]
No person shall leave a dog or other animal in any unattended motor vehicle without adequate ventilation, sanitary conditions or in such a manner as to subject the dog or other animal to extreme temperature which adversely affect the health or safety of the dog or animal.
[Ord. 790, 6/8/2016]
It shall be unlawful for any owner of any cat to permit such cat to run free outside the residence of its owner or keeper unless the cat has been:
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Neutered or spayed to prevent procreating;
2. 
Immunized against rabies in compliance with Pennsylvania law; and
3. 
Appropriately "tipped" on the left ear to signify that it has been neutered/spayed and immunized.
[Ord. 790, 6/8/2016]
It shall be unlawful for any person to continue to feed stray or feral cats, where such feeding causes a nuisance to neighbors or creates a condition contrary to the health, safety, and welfare of the community, unless such person participated in a trap, neuter and return program managed by the Borough or Sponsor of the Borough.
[Ord. 790, 6/8/2016]
Animal welfare organizations may make application to the Borough to serve as a sponsor of a TNR program. Sponsors appointed by the Borough shall have the following responsibilities:
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Record and report to the Borough, on an annual basis, the intake and disposition of each feral cat brought to their facility.
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Record and report to the Borough, on an annual basis, the number of sterilized members of each feral cat colony within the Borough for which they have implemented a TNR program.
3. 
Address complaints received by the Borough and passed along to the sponsor regarding caretaker behavior and serve as an intermediary to address and, where possible, remediate the behavior within a reasonable period of time, based on the matters at issue and utilizing Borough resources when necessary.
[Ord. 790, 6/8/2016]
It shall be the duty of the owner of any dog, except Seeing Eye, therapy or service dogs, to keep the dog from entering and being upon any Borough park, playground, recreation area, mini-mall or any other planted area of the Borough.
[Ord. 790, 6/8/2016]
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Any person who violates any provision of this Part shall be charged with a summary offense and shall be fined not less then $100 nor more than $500 and all costs of prosecution for the first offense, or be imprisoned for not more than 90 days, or both.
2. 
For any subsequent offense that occurs within one year of sentencing for the prior violation, a person shall be charged with a misdemeanor of the third degree, and upon conviction, shall be fined not less than $500 nor more than $1,000, plus costs of prosecution, or sentenced to imprisonment of not more than one year, or both.
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Each day there is a violation may count as a separate offense.