Township of Douglass, PA
Berks County
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[Ord. 2001-4, 10/10/2001, § 1]
It shall be unlawful for any owner, custodian, or keeper of a dog or dogs to allow or permit a dog to commit a nuisance on any public property or on any private property which is detrimental to the public health and welfare by reason of repeated barking, howling, or yelping of any dog in such manner as to disturb or annoy persons in the neighborhood.
[Ord. 2001-4, 10/10/2001, § 2]
Continuous barking, howling or making of other loud noises by such dog for more than one-hour or continuous barking periods of less than one-hour but more than 1/2 hour, which periods occur on two or more consecutive days, and which annoy or disturb a reasonable person of reasonable sensitivities shall be deemed a public nuisance.
[Ord. 2001-4, 10/10/2001, § 3; as amended by Ord. 2009-3, 8/31/2009]
Any owner, custodian, or keeper of any dog who shall violate any of the provisions 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 less than $25 nor 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. No penalty under this section shall be imposed upon any owner, custodian, or keeper for a violation of this Part unless written warning of such action has first been served upon such person or mailed to him 30 days prior to instituting proceedings and unless a written complaint of such violation has been made to the owner, custodian, or keeper.
[Ord. 2001-4, 10/10/2001, § 4]
Animals employed for use of law enforcement or employed for the use of the disabled are exempt from the provisions of this Part.