Borough of Bogota, NJ
Bergen County
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[Ord. 10/23/41, S1]
Any person who shall own, keep or harbor any dog, required by law to be licensed, shall annually in the month of January, apply for and procure from the borough clerk a license and an official metal registration tag for each such dog so owned, kept or harbored, and shall place upon each such dog, a color or harness with the registration tag securely fastened thereto.
[Ord. 10/23/41, S2]
The owner of any newly-acquired dog of licensing age, or of any dog which attains licensing age, shall make application for a license and registration tag for such dog within ten (10) days after such acquisition or age attainment. The word "owner", as used in this section, when applied to the proprietorship of a dog, shall include every person having a right of property in such dog, and every person who has such dog in his keeping. "Dog of licensing age", as used in this section, shall mean any dog which has attained the age of seven (7) months, or which possesses a set of permanent teeth.
[Ord. 10/23/41, S4; Ord. #857, S1; Ord. #1012, S1]
Any person applying for a license and registration tag shall pay to the borough clerk the sum of six dollars and eight ($6.80) cents for each dog to be licensed and in addition thereto the sum of one dollar and twenty ($1.20) cents for the registration of each dog; and for each annual renewal, the fee for the license tag; and said license, registration tags and renewals thereof shall expire annually on January 31.
There shall be an additional charge of three ($3.00) dollars for the licensing of each dog that is nonspayed or nonneutered.
There shall be an additional charge of ten ($10.00) dollars for each license and registration applied for after the last day of January.
[Ord. 10/23/41, S6]
The chief of police of the Borough of Bogota 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 and to the local board of health, and the State Department of Health, the result thereof, 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 of these persons, together with the registration numbers of each of said dogs, and the number of unlicensed dogs owned, kept or harbored by each of said persons, together with a complete description of each of the unlicensed dogs.
[Ord. 10/23/41, S3]
Any person who keeps or operates, or proposes to establish a kennel, a pet shop, a shelter or a pound, shall apply to the borough clerk for a license entitling him to keep or operate such establishment.
[Ord. 10/23/41, S4; Ord. #1012, S1]
The annual license fee for a kennel, providing accommodations for ten (10) or less dogs shall be one hundred ($100.00) dollars and for more than ten (10) dogs, two hundred fifty ($250.00) dollars. The annual license fee for a pet shop shall be two hundred fifty ($250.00) dollars. No fee shall be charged for a shelter or a pound.
[Ord. 12/9/76, S1]
It shall be unlawful for any person owning or having the care, custody or control of any dog to permit such dog to soil or defile or to commit any nuisance upon any sidewalk of any public street or thoroughfare; in or upon any public building or any approach to such building from the street; in or upon any public park, public playground or school playground; in or upon the property of persons other than the owner, person or persons owning or having the care, custody or control of such dog; provided, however, for the purpose of this section, the above mentioned restrictions shall not apply to that portion of the street lying between the curb lines which shall be used to curb the dog.
[Ord. 12/9/76, S2; Ord. #1186, S2]
No person owning, keeping, or harboring any dog shall suffer or permit it to enter upon the areas where dogs are prohibited as designated in section 13-5q of the Revised General Ordinances, or to be upon the public streets or in any of the public places of the borough where dogs are permitted unless the dog is accompanied by a person who is capable of controlling the dog and who has the dog securely confined and controlled by a leash.
[Ord. 12/9/76, S3]
No person shall walk a dog on a public street or any other public place, or on any private premises other than property owned by or under the control of the owner, person owning or having the care, custody or control of such dog, unless such person shall at all items have on his person a proper scoop and container or similar efficient sanitary means to immediately remove any and all feces deposited by such dog and does so immediately remove such deposited feces.
[Ord. #880, SI]
No person owning or having the care, custody or control of any dog shall suffer or permit such dog to:
a. 
Soil or defile or do any injury or damage to any lawn, vegetable garden, shrubbery, trees, flowers, driveway, ground or any property of persons other than that of the owner or person having the care, custody or control of such dog;
b. 
Cause any injury to any person;
c. 
Bark, cry, whine, howl or otherwise disturb the peace or quiet of the neighborhood or sleep of any person for any unreasonable length of time; or
d. 
Be or become a public nuisance or to create a condition hazardous to safety and health.
The habitual barking, howling, whining or crying of a dog or dogs is hereby declared to be a disturbing noise within the meaning of N.J.S.A. 40:48-1, Subsection 8, and a nuisance.
[Ord. #880, SI]
No person owning, or having the care, custody or control of any dog shall suffer or permit it to run at large. Every dog shall be led by a chain, cord or other leash in the hands of a person capable of leading and controlling such dog.
[Ord. #880, SI]
a. 
No person shall be cruel or inhumane to a dog, cat or other animal kept as a pet, said cruelty and inhumanity consisting of beating, torturing, mutilating, cruelly killing such animal or pet or clearly failing to provide food, drink, shelter or abandoning such pet or animal of which he has charge either as owner or otherwise.
b. 
No person owning, or having care, custody or control of any dog, cat or other animal, shall abandon such maimed, sick, infirm or disabled animal to die.
[Ord. #880, SI]
a. 
No person shall own, harbor or keep any dog or cat within the borough which is not currently inoculated against rabies; provided, however, that animals which have not attained the age of six (6) months shall not be required to be inoculated, and further provided that any animal may be exempt from the requirements of such inoculation, for a specified period of time, by the board of health upon the presentation of a certificate from a veterinarian stating that because of identity or other physical condition the inoculation of such animal for said specified period of time shall be deemed and inadvisable by said veterinarian.
b. 
Inoculations shall be made by a duly licensed veterinarian of the State of New Jersey or such other person permitted by law to make the same and approved by the board of health.
c. 
Whenever a dog, cat or other animal is infected with rabies or suspected of being infected with rabies, or has been bitten by an animal infected with rabies or suspected of being infected with rabies, the person owning or having the care, custody or control of any such animal, or any person having knowledge or suspicion of such infection, shall notify the borough board of health and/or the chief of police of the borough or the person in charge of the police department at the given time immediately. Any such report shall be reduced to writing at the request of the board of health.
d. 
If a dog or cat or other animal is known or believed to have rabies or has been bitten by a dog or cat or other animal known or suspected of having rabies, the owner of such animal shall be notified in writing to have the animal confined for a period of not less than six (6) months, or such lesser period specified by the State Department of Health, and placed under the observation of a veterinarian at the expense of the owner for such period.
e. 
Any animal confined under order of the borough board of health shall not be released until a certificate of release has been issued by the board.
f. 
Whenever it becomes necessary to safeguard the public from the danger of rabies, the mayor, upon recommendation of the borough board of health, shall issue a proclamation ordering every person owning or keeping a dog, cat or other animal to confine it securely on his premises unless such animal shall have a muzzle and leash of sufficient strength to prevent the biting of any person.
g. 
Any such animal running at large during the time of the proclamation shall be seized and impounded, unless noticeably infected with rabies.
[Ord. #880, SI]
The chief of police, or any other person authorized or employed by the borough for that purpose, shall take into custody and impound or cause to be taken into custody and impounded, the following:
a. 
Any dog off the premises of the owner or of the person keeping or harboring said dog, which said official or his agent or agents has reason to believe is a stray dog.
b. 
Any dog off the premises of the owner or of the person keeping or harboring said dog without a current registration tag on his collar.
c. 
Any female dog in season off the premises of the owner or of the person keeping or harboring said dog.
d. 
Any dog running at large in violation of subsection 5-4.5.
[Ord. #880, SI]
a. 
If any dog seized as provided in subsection 5-4.8 wears a collar or harness having inscribed thereon or attached thereto the name and address of any person, or a registration tag, or if the owner or the person keeping or harboring said dog is otherwise known, the chief of police or any person authorized by him in that behalf shall forthwith serve or cause to be served on the person whose address is given on the collar, or on the owner or on the person keeping or harboring said dog, if known, a notice in writing stating that the dog has been seized and will be liable to be disposed of or destroyed if not claimed within seven (7) days after the service of the notice.
b. 
The notice referred to in paragraph a of this section may be served either by delivering it to the person on whom it is to be served, or by leaving it at the person's usual or last known place of abode or to the address given on the collar.
c. 
When any dog seized in accordance with subsection 5-4.8 has been detained for seven (7) days after notice, when notice can be given as above set forth, or has been detained for seven (7) days after seizure, when notice has not been and cannot be given as above set forth, and if the owner or person keeping or harboring said dog has not claimed said dog and paid all expenses incurred by reason of its detention, and if the dog be unlicensed at the time of the seizure and the owner or person keeping or harboring said dog has not produced a license and registration tag for said dog, the chief of police or any person authorized by him or authorized by the borough may cause the dog to be destroyed in a manner recommended by the American Veterinarian Medical Association.
[Ord. #880, SI]
a. 
The owner of or person having care, custody or control of any dog, cat or other animal that shall have bitten, scratched or caused injury to any person, or otherwise violated the provisions of this section, shall be issued a complaint in violation of the borough ordinance. Any violation under this subsection shall be deemed a separate violation for each animal and each incident and shall not be considered as the same offense for any other subsection herein. Upon the evidence presented and after an examination by a licensed veterinarian, if the municipal court judge, or other judge authorized by law, shall deem it necessary for the safety of the public, he may order the animal destroyed or order muzzling and/or confinement, and impose a penalty as set forth in section 5-5. However, upon a conviction of a third offense, the animal shall be destroyed.
b. 
This subsection shall not be constructed to affect a violation or fine of any other subsection herein; nor does it in any way affect the rights of the police or the board of health to require quarantine and the examination of any animal.
[Ord. #880, SI]
a. 
Any dog which has attacked or bitten any human being, or which habitually attacks other dogs or domestic animals, is hereby presumed to be a vicious dog for the purposes of this section, until further determination of facts are made as hereinafter provided.
b. 
It shall be the duty of the chief of the police department or any person authorized by him or the governing body of the borough, to receive and investigate complaints against dogs and when any dog complained against shall be deemed by such chief of the police department to be a vicious dog as herein defined, said officer shall file a complaint in the municipal court of the borough, which shall thereupon cause the owner or person harboring such dog to be notified in writing of the complaint, and to appear before said municipal court judge at a stated time and place. Pending the disposition of said complaints, the chief of police or such other authorized person may order the dog muzzled or leashed while being walked, and at all other times confined.
c. 
The municipal court judge, at the time set for such hearing shall inquire into the facts and give all interested persons an opportunity to be heard, under oath, and to be represented by counsel, and the municipal court judge shall decide in accordance with such evidence before him, and if the municipal court judge shall decide that such dog complained of is a vicious dog, as defined by this section, notice of such decision shall be given to the owner or person harboring such dog.
d. 
No dog which has been so determined to be a vicious dog shall be permitted to run at large, or be upon any street or public place in the borough, except while securely muzzled and under leash, and the owner or person harboring any such vicious dog who shall suffer or permit such dog to be upon any street, public place or private property in the borough, other than the property of the owner or person harboring such dog, while not securely muzzled and under leash, shall be guilty of a violation of this section.
[Ord. 12/9/76, S4]
Any person who violates or refused to comply with the regulations of this ordinance shall be liable to a penalty of not more than fifty ($50.00) dollars for each offense, to be recovered by and in the name of the borough. A person who refuses or neglects to pay forthwith the amount of a judgment rendered against him and the costs and charges incident thereto shall be committed by the court to the county jail for a period not exceeding two (2) days in the case of a conviction.