Borough of Bound Brook, NJ
Somerset County
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Editor's Note: The statute that provides for the licensing of dogs in N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.1 et seq.
[1967 Code § 10-1]
As used in this article:
DOG OF LICENSING AGE
Any dog which has attained the age of seven months or which possesses a set of permanent teeth.
KENNEL
Any establishment where the business of boarding, selling or breeding dogs for sale is carried on, except for a pet shop.
OWNER (when applied to the proprietorship of a dog)
Every person having a right of property in any dog and every person who has a dog in his custody, and any person exercising control over a dog or permitting a dog to remain on premises under his control.
PET SHOP
Any place, other than a kennel, where dogs are kept or displayed for sale.
POUND
An establishment for the confinement of dogs seized under the provision of this article or otherwise.
SHELTER
Any establishment where dogs are kept or housed without charge.
VICIOUS DOG
Any dog which has attacked or bitten, or attempted to attack or bite, any human being without provocation or which habitually attacks other dogs or domestic animals, or destroys property.
[1967 Code § 10-2.1]
Licenses shall be required for the following dogs of licensing age:
a. 
Any dog owned and kept within the Borough on the first day of January of any calendar year.
b. 
Any dog acquired by any person during the course of any calendar year and kept within the Borough for more than 10 days after acquisition.
c. 
Any dog attaining licensing age during the course of the calendar year.
d. 
Any unlicensed dog brought into the Borough by any person and kept within the Borough for more than 10 days.
e. 
Any dog licensed by another state, brought into the Borough by any person and kept within the Borough for more than 90 days.
[1967 Code § 10-2.1]
Only one license and registration tag shall be required in any licensing year for any dog owned in New Jersey, and the license and tag issued by any other municipality of this State shall be accepted by the Borough as evidence of compliance with this article.
[1967 Code § 10-2.2; Ord. No. 07-03]
a. 
Each application for a dog license shall be made to the Borough Clerk and shall give the following information:
1. 
A general description of the dog sought to be licensed, including breed, sex, age, color and markings, and whether the dog is of a long or short haired variety.
2. 
Name, street and post office address of the owner of the dog, and the person who shall keep the dog if other than the owner.
3. 
Certificate of rabies vaccination as required pursuant to Subsection 5-2.8 — 5-2.12.
b. 
Registration numbers shall be issued in the order in which applications are received.
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Editor's Note: See Subsection 5-2.12 for rabies vaccination requirements prior to the issuance of a dog license.
[1967 Code § 10-2.3]
Applications for licenses for dogs which are required to be licensed by the provisions of Subsection 5-2.1a shall be made before the last day of January of each year. In all other cases, the application for a license shall be made within 10 days of the date upon which the dog in question first becomes subject to the provision of this section.
[1967 Code § 10-2.4; Ord. No. 2007-22; Ord. No. 2009-15; Ord. No. 2011-17; Ord. No. 2016-11 § 1]
The person applying for a license shall pay a fee of $19 for each neutered dog upon presentation of a certificate signed by a licensed veterinarian stating that the dog has been spayed or neutered, and $21 for each non-neutered dog. Applicant shall also pay a $1 New Jersey Registration Fee and a $0.20 New Jersey "Pilot Clinic Fund" fee. Applicant shall also pay a late charge of $5 when the application for the license is made beyond the time limit described in Subsection 5-2.4. The $5 late fee shall be in addition to any penalty prescribed by § 5-12.
The same fees shall be charged for the annual renewal for each license. If a license tag has been misplaced or lost, the fee for a duplicate license tag for that particular dog shall be $5.
[1967 Code § 10-2.5]
Each dog license and registration tag shall expire on the last day of January of the year following the year in which it was issued.
[1967 Code § 10-2.6]
Dogs used as guides for blind persons and commonly known as seeing eye dogs shall be licensed in the same manner as other dogs, except the owner shall not be required to pay any fee.
[1967 Code § 10-6.1]
No person shall own a dog within the Borough of Bound Brook unless it has been vaccinated against rabies.
[1967 Code § 10-6.2]
Vaccinations shall be performed by a veterinarian licensed to practice in the State of New Jersey. The vaccine used shall be of a type approved by and administered in accordance with the recommendations of the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare and the dosage shall be as recommended by the manufacturer. All dogs shall be revaccinated before the expiration of the period of time for which the vaccine used is known to be effective.
[1967 Code § 10-6.3]
a. 
The Health Officer may exempt any dog from the provisions of the vaccination requirements if there is presented to him a certificate from a licensed veterinarian stating that it would be undesirable to vaccinate a particular dog for a specified period of time because of the dog's age, infirmity or other physical condition.
b. 
No vaccination shall be required for any dog confined to a licensed kennel, pet shop, shelter, pound or veterinary hospital.
[1967 Code § 10-6.4]
The fact that a dog has been vaccinated against rabies shall be evidenced by a certificate from the veterinarian performing the vaccination. The certificate shall either be on a form approved by the Health Officer or a standard immunization certificate used by the veterinarian. The certificate shall be presented to the Health Officer within 10 days after each vaccination. In the case of dogs vaccinated before being brought into the Borough, the certificate shall be presented to the Health Officer within 10 days after the dog is brought into the Borough.
[1967 Code § 10-6.5]
No dog license shall be issued until the certificate required by Subsection 5-2.11 or the certificate provided for in Subsection 5-2.10 duly endorsed by the Health Officer is presented to the Borough Clerk.
[1967 Code § 10-3.1]
No person shall operate a kennel, pet shop, shelter or pound within the Borough of Bound Brook without first having obtained a license. Any person who operates or proposes to establish a kennel, pet shop, shelter or pound shall apply to the Borough Clerk for a license entitling him to keep or operate such establishment. Any person holding such a license shall not be required to secure individual licenses for dogs owned by him and kept at his establishment. Such licenses shall not be transferable to another owner or different premises.
[1967 Code § 10-3.2]
The application shall contain the following information:
a. 
The name and permanent and local address of the applicant.
b. 
The street address where establishment is located, or proposed to be located together with a general description of the premises.
c. 
The purposes for which the establishment is to be maintained.
d. 
The maximum number of dogs to be accommodated by such establishment at any one time.
[1967 Code § 10-3.3]
No license shall be issued until the proposed licensee submits a written statement from the Health Officer that the establishment or proposed establishment complies with local and State rules governing the location of and sanitation at such establishment.
[1967 Code § 10-3.4]
All licenses issued under this section shall state the purpose for which the establishment is maintained and all such licenses shall expire on the last day of January of each year.
[1967 Code § 10-3.5; amended 5-28-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-20]
The annual license fees for licenses issued under this section shall be as follows:
a. 
Kennel: $25.
b. 
Pet shop: $75.
c. 
Shelter or pound: No fee.
[1967 Code § 10-3.6]
All licenses issued for a kennel, pet shop, shelter or pound shall be subject to revocation by the Mayor and Council on recommendation of the State Department of Health or the Board of Health for failure to comply with the rules and regulations of the State Department of Health or the Borough Board of Health, after the owner has been afforded a hearing by either the State Department of Health or the Borough Board of Health.
Any person holding a license to establish, keep or operate a kennel, pet shop, shelter or pound shall comply with all Borough ordinances and the rules and regulations promulgated by the State Department of Health governing the sanitary conduct and operation of such establishments, the preservation of sanitation therein and the prevention of the spread of rabies and other diseases of dogs within and from such establishments.
[1967 Code § 10-3.7]
The Borough Clerk shall forward to the State Department of Health a list of all kennels, pet shops, shelters and pounds licensed within 30 days after the licenses therefor are issued, which list shall include the names and addresses of the licensees and the kinds of license issued.
[1967 Code § 10-3.8]
No dog kept in a kennel, pet shop, shelter or pound shall be permitted off such premises, except on leash or in a crate or other safe control.
[Ord. No. 2017-03]
a. 
Definitions.
ANIMAL CARE FACILITY
An animal control center or animal shelter, maintained by or under contract with any State, County, or municipality, whose mission and practice is, in whole, or significant part, the rescue and placement of animals in permanent homes or rescue organizations.
ANIMAL RESCUE ORGANIZATION
Any not-for-profit organization which has tax-exempt status under § 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code, whose mission and practice is, in whole or in significant part, the rescue and placement of animals in permanent homes.
CAT
A member of the species of domestic cat, Felis catus.
DOG
A member of the species of domestic dog, Canis familiaris.
OFFER FOR SALE
To sell, offer for sale or adoption, advertise for the sale of, barter, auction, give away or otherwise dispose of a dog or cat.
PET SHOP
A retail establishment where dogs and cats are sold, exchanged, bartered or offered for sale as pet animals to the general public at retail. Such definition shall not include an animal care facility or animal rescue organization, as defined.
b. 
Restrictions on the sale of animals.
1. 
A pet shop may offer for sale only those dogs and cats that the pet shop has obtained from or displays in cooperation with:
(a) 
An animal care facility; or
(b) 
An animal rescue organization.
2. 
A pet shop shall not offer for sale a dog or cat that is younger than eight weeks old.
[1967 Code § 10-4]
a. 
License fees and other moneys collected or received under the provisions of this article, except the registration tag fees, shall be forwarded to the Borough Treasurer within 30 days after collection or receipt and shall be placed in a special account separate from any of the other accounts of the Borough and shall be used for the following purposes only: Collecting, keeping and disposing of dogs liable to seizure under this article; local prevention and control of rabies; providing antirabic treatment under the direction of the local Board of Health for any person known or suspected to have been exposed to rabies; all other purposes prescribed by the statutes of New Jersey governing the subject, and for administering the provisions of this article.
b. 
Any unexpended balance remaining in such special account shall be retained therein until the end of the third fiscal year following and may be used for any of the purposes set forth in this section. At the end of the third fiscal year following, and at the end of each fiscal year thereafter, there shall be transferred from such special account to the general funds of the Borough any amount then in such account which is in excess of the total amount paid into the special account during the last two fiscal years next preceding.
c. 
The New Jersey Registration Fee of $1, the New Jersey "Pilot Clinic Fund" Fee of $0.20 and the additional $3 fee for a non-neutered dog shall be forwarded within 30 days after collection by the Borough Clerk to the State Department of Health.
[1967 Code § 10-2.7]
No person or group of persons shall be permitted to keep more than four dogs outdoors on any residential property. It shall be presumptive that a person has violated this section if more than four dogs are kept on the property for more than a forty-eight-hour period. Any person violating this section shall be liable, upon conviction, to a fine of up to $1,000 each day of such violation.
[1967 Code § 10-5]
The Chief of Police or such officer as may be designated by the Mayor and Council shall annually cause a canvass to be made of all dogs owned, kept or harbored within the limits of the Borough and shall report to the Borough Clerk, the Board of Health and to the State Department of Health the results, setting forth in separate columns the names and addresses of persons owning, keeping or harboring such dogs, the number of licensed dogs owned, kept or harbored by each person, together with the registration number of each dog and the number of unlicensed dogs, owned by each person, together with a complete description of each unlicensed dog.
[1967 Code § 10-7.1]
At the time of the issuance of each dog license, a metal registration tag shall be issued for each dog licensed. All licensed dogs shall wear a collar or harness with the registration tag for that dog securely fastened to it.
[1967 Code § 10-7.2]
No person, except an officer in the performance of his duties, shall remove a registration tag from the collar of any dog without the consent of the owner, or attach a tag to a dog for which it was not issued.
[1967 Code § 10-7.3]
No person shall own any dog which habitually barks or cries in a manner that would disturb a reasonable person, particularly between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.
[1967 Code § 10-7.4]
No person owning a dog shall permit it to run at large upon the public streets, in any public park, in any public building, or in any other public place within the Borough, nor permit a dog to run at large upon private property without permission of the owner.
[1967 Code § 10-7.5]
No person owning a dog shall permit it to be upon the public streets or in any other public place in the Borough unless the dog is accompanied by a person capable of controlling it and is securely fastened to an adequate leash not more than six feet long.
[1967 Code § 10-7.6]
a. 
No person owning or in charge of any dog shall cause or allow the dog to soil, defile, defecate on, or commit any nuisance on any common thoroughfare, sidewalk, passageway, bypath, play area, park, or any place where people congregate or walk, or upon any public property whatsoever or upon any private property, without the permission of the owner of the property.
b. 
Any person owning or in charge of any dog which soils, defiles, defecates on, or commits any nuisance on any common thoroughfare, sidewalk, passageway, bypath, play area, park, or any place where people congregate or walk, or upon any public property whatsoever, or upon any private property, without the permission of the owner of the property, shall immediately remove all feces deposited by any such dog, in a sanitary manner.
c. 
The feces removed from the aforementioned designated areas shall be disposed of by the person owning or in charge of any such dog in a sealed nonabsorbent, leakproof container.
d. 
The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to blind persons who may use dogs as guides.
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Editor's Note: See also § 5-30, Proper Disposal of Pet Waste Required.
[1967 Code § 10-8.1]
It shall be the duty of the Chief of Police to receive and investigate complaints against dogs. If he deems any dog complained of to be a vicious dog, as defined in § 5-1, he shall report his findings in writing to the Judge of the Municipal Court.
[1967 Code § 10-8.2]
The Judge of the Municipal Court shall notify in writing the owner of an allegedly vicious dog that a complaint has been made and require the owner to appear before him at a stated time and place for a hearing. The Judge of the Municipal Court shall conduct the hearing in the same manner as he would conduct the trial of a criminal case. If the Judge of the Municipal Court decides that the dog complained of is a vicious dog, he shall so notify the owner of the dog.
[1967 Code § 10-8.3]
No person owning or having control of a dog which has been determined to be a vicious dog shall permit it to be off the property of the owner without being securely muzzled and leashed.
[1967 Code § 10-9.1]
The Animal Control Officer and members of the Police Department shall take into custody and impound any of the following dogs:
a. 
Any dog running at large in violation of the provisions of this article.
b. 
Any dog off the premises of the owner which the Animal Control Officer or Police Officer has reason to believe is a stray dog.
c. 
Any dog off the premises of the owner of the dog without current registration tag on its collar.
d. 
Any female dog in season off the premises of the owner.
e. 
Any dog not muzzled which has been determined to be a vicious dog in the manner provided in § 5-8.
[1967 Code § 10-9.2]
If any dog impounded or seized wears a registration tag, collar or harness having inscribed on or attached to it the name and address of any person or the owner of the dog, a notice shall immediately be served on the person or the owner of the dog, a notice shall immediately be served on the person whose address is given on the collar or on the person owning the dog, stating that the dog has been seized and will be liable to be disposed of or destroyed if not claimed within seven days after the service of the notice. A notice under this subsection may be served either by delivering it to the person on whom it is to be served, by leaving it at the person's usual or last known place of abode or at the address given on the collar, or by forwarding it by mail in a prepaid letter addressed to that person at his usual or last known place of abode or to the address given on the collar.
[1967 Code § 10-9.3]
Any impounded dog may be destroyed in as humane a manner as possible under any of the following contingencies:
a. 
When any dog seized has not been claimed by any person within seven days after notice or within seven days of the dog's seizure when notice cannot be given as set forth in the previous subsection.
b. 
If the person owning the dog seized has not paid all expenses incurred by reason of its seizure including a maintenance charge not to exceed $1 per day.
c. 
If the seized dog is unlicensed at the time of its seizure and the person owning, keeping or harboring such dog has not procured a license and registration tag as required by this article.
[1967 Code § 10-10.1]
When any dog attacks or bites a human being, the Health Officer may order the owner of the dog to confine it, either on the owner's premises or at any other reasonable location which the Health Officer designates, for a period of at least 10 days. The expense of confining the dog shall be borne by the owner.
[1967 Code § 10-10.2]
The Health Officer or any other person designated by the Board of Health shall have the right to examine any dog confined under the provisions of Subsection 5-10.1 at any reasonable time, including daily examinations, for a period of 10 days after the dog has attached or bitten any person to ascertain whether the animal shows symptoms of rabies.
[1967 Code § 10-10.3]
Regardless of whether or not the period of time from which the owner was directed to confine the dog has expired or not, no dog confined under the provisions of Subsection 5-10.1 shall be released from quarantine until the Board of Health issues a certificate of release. The certificate shall only be issued after either the person designated by the Board of Health to examine the dog or some other licensed veterinarian has certified in writing that the animal appears to be healthy and free from rabies.
[1967 Code § 10-10.4]
Whenever the Board of Health is notified by the State Department of Health or determines as a result of its own investigation that there is danger of an epidemic of rabies in the Borough of Bound Brook, it shall order all persons owning or having custody of dogs in the Borough to keep such dogs confined to their own premises. Notice that an order has been issued may be either written or oral and may be given personally, by mail, by publication in a newspaper circulating in the Borough, by conspicuously posting it in public places, or by any other method calculated to actually reach the persons affected.
[1967 Code § 10-11.1]
This article shall be enforced by the Police Department of the Borough. The Mayor and Council shall have the power to appoint an Animal Control Officer whose duty it shall be to cooperate with the Police Department in enforcing this article.
[1967 Code § 10-11.2]
Any officer authorized or empowered to perform any duty under this article may go upon any premises to seize for impounding any dog which he may lawfully seize and impound when he is in immediate pursuit of such dog, except upon the premises of the owner of the dog if the owner is present and forbids it.
[1967 Code § 10-11.3]
No person shall interfere with anyone authorized or empowered to perform any duty under this article.
[1967 Code § 10-11.4]
The Chief of Police shall make a quarterly report to the Mayor and Council which shall indicate the following:
a. 
The number of dogs captured.
b. 
The number of dogs destroyed.
c. 
The number of dogs redeemed.
[Ord. No. 2017-03; Ord. No. 2016-11 § 2]
Except as otherwise provided, any person who violates or who fails or refuses to comply with this article shall be liable to a penalty of not less than $5 nor more than $50 for each offense.