Borough of State College, PA
Centre County
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[Ord. 923{10}, 12/5/1977, Section 1; amended by Ord. 1997, 8/6/2012]
The owner(s) or keeper(s) of every dog shall keep such dog at all times confined or secured so such dog cannot run at large.
Dog owners or keepers shall be defined as any person, firm or company, who or which owns, possesses, maintains, houses, keeps or has custody of any dog, permanently or temporarily, whether for compensation or otherwise.
It shall be unlawful for the owner of any dog, or for any other person permanently or temporarily having the possession or custody of any dog, to permit such dog to run at large within the Borough. A dog shall be deemed to be running at large when:
a. 
It is off the premises of its owner or keeper and is not on a leash, tether, chain, rope or similar device, the overall length of which (including the hand grip) does not exceed six feet in length and which is held by a person able to control such dog. This provision shall not apply to a dog while participating in an arranged dog training class, trial or exhibition.
b. 
If such dog shall be left unattended on a leash, tether, chain, rope or similar device, which is tied or otherwise fastened to any tree, parking meter, sign post or other item within the public limits of any street, alley or other public property and the person having custody of such dog is not immediately adjacent to it and in a position to control the actions and conduct of such dog.
[Ord. 923, 12/5/1977; amended by Ord. 993, 1/8/1981; Ord. 1240, 4/4/1989, Section 1; Ord. 1997, 8/6/2012]{15}
It shall be the duty of every Police Officer of the Borough or other duly sworn ordinance enforcement officer of the Borough to seize, detain or otherwise restrain any dog found running at large in accordance with the requirements and definitions of "running at large" in Section 101 herein.
In taking such action, the officer shall use reasonable care in the apprehension, seizure and detainment of such dog and may, at his discretion, confine the dog or dogs by the procedures in this section or may restrain the dog by turning it over to the owner or keeper or person having custody of the dog.
Any dog seized by the officer shall be placed in an approved facility designed for the retention of dogs and capable of providing proper care and feeding during the period of confinement.
If such seized dog is licensed, as required by law, the officer shall give immediate notice, either in person or by registered mail, to the person in whose name the license was procured, or his agent, to claim such dog within five days. When reclaimed, either the owner or his agent shall pay all reasonable expenses incurred by reason of the dog's retention, whereupon such dog shall be returned to such owner or agent. If such dog is not reclaimed by the owner or his agent within five days, it shall be the duty of the officer to remove the dog from detention and turn it over to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) or other approved facility, in the inability of the SPCA or other approved facility to take such dog, to dispose of it in a humane manner and to bill the person in whose name the license was procured for the reasonable costs of such detention and disposal.
If such dog is not licensed, as required by law, it shall be the duty of the officer to detain and properly keep and feed the dog for a period of 48 hours. If the dog is reclaimed, the owner shall pay all reasonable expenses incurred by reason of its detention. If the dog is not reclaimed within 48 hours, the officer shall turn it over to the SPCA or other approved facility, in the inability of the SPCA or other approved facility to take such dog, to dispose of it in a humane manner.
[Ord. 795{20}, 1/4/1972; amended by Ord. 923, 12/5/1977; Ord. 1997, 8/6/2012]
No person owning, harboring, keeping or having custody of any dog shall cause, suffer or allow such 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 said property.
The restriction in this section shall not apply to that portion of any public street lying between the street side of the two sidewalks, which area shall be used to curb such dog under the following conditions:
a. 
The person who so curbs such dog shall immediately remove all feces deposited by such dog by any sanitary method approved by the Department of Ordinance Enforcement and Public Health.
b. 
The feces removed from the designated area shall be disposed of by the person owning, harboring, keeping or having custody of any dog curbed in accordance with the provisions of this Ordinance in a sanitary manner approved by the Department of Ordinance Enforcement and Public Health.
Dog feces deposited upon private property shall not be permitted to accumulate to the degree that it becomes a public health nuisance or hazard. In such cases where dog feces are permitted to accumulate on private property, the Department of Ordinance Enforcement and Public Health may, upon complaint or at its own initiative, conduct an investigation, after which the accumulation may be declared a public health hazard or nuisance. The Department may, at such time, issue a verbal or a written order to remove and dispose of the accumulated feces in a sanitary manner. The written order to remove such accumulated feces shall be given personally to the property owner, person-in-charge of the property, dog owner, occupant(s) or person having custody of any dog or sent by United States mail directed to the last known address of such person or persons, as shown in the real estate registry records of the Borough or by leaving the same on the premises where such violation occurs. The property owner, person-in-charge of the property, dog owner, occupant(s) or person having custody of any dog shall be given a period of 48 hours from the date and time the order was issued or left on the premises to clean the property and remove the accumulated feces. In addition to any order to remove and dispose of the accumulated feces, the Department of Ordinance Enforcement and Public Health may immediately, upon discovery of an initial egregious accumulation of dog feces, issue a violation notice or a citation, or file a citation in accordance with Section 105 of this ordinance.
[Ord. 923, 12/5/1977; amended by Ord. 1751, 7/25/2003; Ord. 1837, 3/23/2006; Ord. 1997, 8/6/2012]
a. 
It shall be unlawful for the owner or keeper of any dog, or for any other person, permanently or temporarily having the possession or custody of any dog, to permit such dog to be within a Borough park, except as is hereinafter provided.
b. 
Leashed dogs shall be permitted in the following park(s), provided that the person having custody shall immediately remove and dispose of fecal matter:
Lederer Park
Thompson Woods Nature Preserve
Walnut Springs Park
a. 
Upon the discovery of any violation of the terms of this Ordinance the Borough or its agent shall give notice to the property owner, person-in-charge of the property, dog owner, keeper, person having custody or occupant(s) (or either of them as the case may be) of a violation hereunder, either by personal delivery to such property owner, person-in-charge of the property, dog owner, keeper, person having custody or occupant(s), by United States mail directed to the last known address of such person or persons, as shown in the real estate registry records of the Borough, or by leaving the same on the premises where such violation occurs.
If such person shall, within seven days after the delivery, mailing or leaving of such violation notice, pay to the Treasurer of the Borough the sum of $100 for the violation, the same will constitute full satisfaction for the violation in said notice. The failure of such person to make payment, as aforesaid, within seven days, shall render such person subject to the penalties as provided in Subsection b. In lieu of issuing a violation notice, the Department of Ordinance Enforcement and Public Health may, in enforcing any provision of this ordinance, immediately issue a citation to the property owner, person-in-charge of the property, dog owner, person having custody or occupant(s) (or either of them as the case may be) or file a citation against such person or persons before a Magisterial District Judge for egregious or repeated violations.
b. 
The provisions of this ordinance are declared to be for the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the Borough, and any person violating any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof before a Magisterial District Judge, be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $300 nor more than $1,000 for the first offense, and not less than $600 nor more than $1,000 for the second offense, and $1,000 for the third and subsequent offense in any one-hundred-eighty-day period, including costs of prosecution and upon failure to pay such fine, shall be sentenced to County Jail for a term not to exceed 30 days for each offense.
c. 
A penalty provided for under this ordinance may be imposed in addition to any penalty that may be imposed for any other criminal offense arising from the same conduct.
d. 
Each act of violation and everyday upon which such violation occurs shall constitute a separate offense.
[Ord. 923, 12/5/1977{30}; amended by Ord. 1336, 6/6/1991, Section 2; Ord. 1642, 12/11/2000, Section 5; Ord. 1889, 12/17/2007, Section 5; Ord. 1997, 8/6/2012]
The ownership, housing or maintenance of barking dogs within the Borough is prohibited, and the ownership, housing or maintenance of barking dogs, as defined herein, is hereby declared to be a nuisance. A barking dog is any dog which barks repetitively or continuously for a period in excess of 10 minutes in any given one-hour period.