[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Corbin City 6-14-1999 by Ord. No. 4-1999. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Amended 8-13-2018 by Ord. No. 5-2018; 3-11-2019 by Ord. No. 3-2019]
The annual dog license fee shall be fixed in the sum of $10, $1.20 of which shall be paid to the State of New Jersey, which includes $0.20 designated for the Pilot Clinic Fund. In addition, a surcharge of $3 shall be paid for any dog of reproductive capacity not permanently altered through sterilization, said charge to be paid to the State of New Jersey for allocation to the Animal Population Control Fund. For each license purchased after January 31 of the licensing year, there shall be charged a late fee of $10.
[Added by Ord. No. 4-2012]
Whenever it has been determined pursuant to N.J.S.A. 4:19-17, et seq., that a dog is vicious or potentially dangerous, there shall be assessed an annual fee for a potentially dangerous dog license, and each renewal thereof, in the amount of $700.
Any person who harbors or possesses any dog or cat for a period of 10 days or more shall, for the purpose of this ordinance, be deemed to be the owner of the dog or cat so harbored or possessed.
Every person who shall own, keep, possess or harbor any dog in the City and who shall neglect or refuse to cause such dog to be licensed as provided in this ordinance shall be guilty of a violation of this ordinance.
Dogs used as guides for blind persons and commonly known as "seeing eye" dogs, or dogs used to assist deaf persons and commonly known as "hearing ear" dogs, shall be licensed and registered as other dogs under provisions of this ordinance except that the owner or keeper of such dog shall not be required to pay any fee.
No person owning, keeping or harboring any dog, whether the same is licensed or unlicensed, shall allow the same to run in or about the streets, highways or public places of the City, or to run upon lands and premises of another without their permission.
No person owning, keeping or harboring any dog shall allow the same to be upon the public streets or in any public places of the City unless the dog is controlled by a person of such mental and physical capacity that he/she is able to control the dog in any circumstances. A leash of not more than six feet in length shall be used to restrain a dog traveling in a public place.
[Added 5-11-2015 by Ord. No. 5-2015]
Dogs must be able to move freely when chained or tethered and can be so confined for a period no longer than six hours within a twenty-four-hour period. The size of the tether or chain must be a minimum of 15 linear feet and shall remain tangle-free. Dogs must be equipped with properly fitted harness or buckle-type collars. The tether or chain shall be constructed of light-weight cable. A dog house shall be accessible to dogs that are chained or tethered.
No animal shall remain outdoors, tethered, untethered or penned in temperatures below 32° F. or above 90° F. for extended periods.
In no instance shall an animal less than six months old be left outside for an extended period of time.
No person shall abandon or leave without proper care, any dog, cat or other domestic animal upon the streets, highways, public places in the City or upon private lands and premises. No person owning, keeping or harboring any dog or cat shall perform or fail to perform any act that would jeopardize the health and welfare of the animal. Proper care means shelter, fresh food and clean water.
Any person owning, keeping or harboring a dog which causes injury to persons, animals, or property of another shall be subject to the sanctions set forth in this ordinance, including the obligation to make restitution for damage to property or medical expenses.
[Amended 11-12-2002 by Ord. No. 13-2002]
All persons owning, keeping, harboring, or possessing any dog or other domesticated pet shall confine and restrain such animal such that any barking, howling, whining or other animal sounds shall be inaudible to persons in dwellings on other properties between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Between 6:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m., no person owing, keeping, harboring, or possessing any dog or other animal shall allow such animal to make repetitive sounds that are audible to other property owners or residents for unreasonable periods. It shall not be a defense to a violation of this Section that the person(s) in control of the animal was not present when the repetitive sounds were produced, nor shall it be a prerequisite to a prosecution that an adjoining owner or dweller gave notice of a violation. Notice and opportunity to cure shall be considered by the Court when imposing sanctions.
All persons in control of a dog under leash when upon public property, any sidewalk or the property of another, shall have with them a means of retrieving and storing animal feces. Such person shall immediately retrieve and remove to their own property any fecal matter passed by the dog on to public property, any sidewalk or the property of another. The parent or guardian of any juvenile shall be responsible for the failure of such juvenile to comply with the provisions of this section.
No person shall in any way hinder or interfere with any animal control officers, police officers, officials, canvassers or any other peace officers in the performance of their duty under the provisions of this ordinance, nor shall they refuse to give information or give false information to any person making the canvass provided for in this ordinance.
[Amended 7-9-2007 by Ord. No. 10-2007]
Violations of this chapter shall be punishable as follows: