Borough of Rockleigh, NJ
Bergen County
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[1973 Code § 45-1]
a. 
Definitions. As used in this chapter:
ANIMAL HOSPITAL
Shall mean any place where dogs, cats or other domestic animals, belonging to anyone other than the owner, tenants or occupant of such place, are, for hire, kept, maintained or harbored for observation or treatment.
CAT
Shall mean any cat, male or female or spayed female.
DOG
Shall mean any dog, bitch or spayed bitch or dog hybrid.
KENNEL
Shall mean any establishment or premises whereon or wherein four (4) or more dogs and cats are kept, maintained or harbored, and whereon or wherein the business of boarding, selling or breeding dogs is carried on, except a pet shop.
LICENSING AGE
Shall mean any dog six (6) months of age or older.
OWNER
Shall mean and include, when applied to the proprietorship of a dog or cat, every person having a right of property in such dog or cat and every person who has such dog or cat in his keeping.
PERSON
Shall mean an individual, firm, partnership, corporation or association of persons.
PET SHOP
Shall mean any room or group of rooms, cage or exhibition pen, not part of a kennel, wherein dogs or cats for sale are kept or displayed.
POUND
Shall mean an establishment for the confinement of dogs, or cats seized either under the provisions of this chapter or otherwise.
SHELTER
Shall mean any establishment where dogs and cats are received, housed and distributed without charge.
b. 
Word Usage.
1. 
The words "and" and "of" may be used interchangeably, and either of the two (2) may be applicable, whichever is more conducive towards the effectuating of this chapter.
2. 
Personal pronouns shall mean either the singular or the plural, whichever is applicable and conducive towards the effectuating of this chapter.
3. 
The masculine, feminine or the neuter gender shall be implied, whichever is appropriate and conducive for the effectuating of this chapter.
[1973 Code § 45-2]
a. 
No person shall keep or harbor any dog or cat within the Borough except in compliance with the provisions of this chapter.
b. 
Nothing in this chapter shall be deemed to supersede or waive the requirements or effect of the Zoning Ordinance of the Borough or the ordinances, rules or regulations of the Board of Health of the Borough of Rockleigh or the laws of the State of New Jersey.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Chapter 34, Zoning; and the Board of Health Code.
[1973 Code § 45-3; Ord. No. 2011-10]
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.1 et seq., no person shall keep or harbor any dog within the Borough without first obtaining a license therefor, to be issued by the Municipal Clerk upon application by the owner, payment of the prescribed fee, and presenting proof of current rabies vaccination. No person shall keep or harbor any dog in the Borough except in compliance with the provisions of this chapter.
[1973 Code § 45-4; New]
Any person who shall own, keep or harbor a dog of licensing age shall in the month of January of each year apply for and procure from the Municipal Clerk a license and official metal registration tag for each dog so owned, kept or harbored, and shall place upon each such dog a collar or harness with the registration tag securely fastened thereto. Proof of a current rabies vaccination is required to obtain a license.
[1973 Code § 45-5; Ord. No. 2011-10]
a. 
The person applying for the license and registration tag shall pay a fee of ten dollars and twenty ($10.20) cents for spayed and neutered dogs and thirteen dollars and twenty ($13.20) cents for non-spayed and non-neutered dogs. The licenses, registration tags and renewals thereof shall expire on the last day of January in each year. Any dog license not renewed by February 15 in each year shall require payment of an additional late fee of ten ($10.00) dollars.
b. 
Dogs used as guides for blind persons and commonly known as "Seeing Eye" or "Service" dogs shall be licensed and registered as other dogs hereinabove provided for, except that the owner or keeper of such dog shall not be required to pay any fee therefor.
c. 
The fees in paragraph a above shall include fees collected for New Jersey Registration, Clinic Fund and Non-Spayed/Neutered funds and shall be forwarded monthly to the State Department of Health within thirty (30) days after collection or receipt (for the previous month's fees collected). Municipal dog license fees shall be forwarded monthly to the Municipal Chief Financial Officer after collection or receipt.
[1973 Code § 45-6]
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.
[1973 Code § 45-7]
The application shall state the breed, sex, age, color and markings of the dog for which license and registration are sought, and whether it is of a long- or short-haired variety; also the name, street and post office address of the owner and the person who shall keep or harbor such dog. The information on the application and the registration number issued for the dog shall be preserved for a period of three (3) years by the Municipal Clerk. In addition, he shall forward similar information to the State Department of Health each month, on forms furnished by the Department. Registration numbers shall be issued in the order of the applications.
[1973 Code § 45-8]
a. 
Any person who shall bring or cause to be brought into the Borough any dog licensed in another State for the current year and bearing a registration tag, and shall keep the same or permit the same to be kept within the Borough for a period of more than ninety (90) days, shall immediately apply for a license and registration tag for each dog, unless the dog is licensed under subsection 5-5.1.
b. 
Any person who shall bring or cause to be brought into the Borough any unlicensed dog and shall keep the same or permit the same to be kept within the Borough for a period of more than ten (10) days shall immediately apply for a license and registration tag for each such dog, unless such dog is licensed under subsection 5-5.1.
[1973 Code § 45-9]
No person, except an officer in the performance of his duties, shall remove the registration tag from the collar of any dog without the consent of the owner, nor shall any person attach a registration tag to a dog for which it was not issued.
[Ord. No. 2011-10]
No person shall keep or harbor any cat within the Borough without first obtaining a license therefor, to be issued by the Municipal Clerk upon application by the owner, payment of the prescribed fee, and presenting proof of current rabies vaccination. No person shall keep or harbor any cat in the Borough except in compliance with the provisions of this chapter.
[Ord. No. 2011-10]
Any person who shall own, keep or harbor a cat shall annually apply for and procure from the Municipal Clerk a license and official registration tag with a license number or a registration sleeve for each cat so owned, kept or harbored and shall place upon such cat a collar or other device with the license number secured, fastened or displayed thereto. Acceptable methods of displaying the license number shall include, but are not limited to, break-away or elastic collars.
[Ord. No. 2011-10]
a. 
The person applying for the license and registration tag shall pay a fee of six ($6.00) dollars for each spayed and neutered cat and eight ($8.00) dollars for each non-spayed and non-neutered cat. The licenses, registration tags and renewals thereof shall expire on the last day of January in each year. Any cat license not renewed by February 15 in each year shall require payment of an additional late fee of ten ($10.00) dollars.
b. 
License fees collected shall be forwarded to the Municipal Chief Financial Officer and kept in a separate account and used for such purposes as authorized by applicable statute or regulation.
[1973 Code § 45-19]
No person shall keep, harbor or maintain any dog or cat which shall habitually disturb the peace and quiet of the neighborhood.
[1973 Code § 45-20; amended 2-1-2021 by Ord. No. 2021-1]
a. 
No person owning, keeping or harboring any dog shall suffer or permit it to run at large upon the public streets, any public rights- of-way, or in any public park, public building or other public property within the Borough or upon private property which is not that of the dog' s owner. Any dog not secured by a leash or not confined to its own property shall be considered running at large. No person shall have more than four dogs on a leash at any one time.
b. 
Violations and Penalties. Any person who is convicted of violating this subsection shall be subject to such fine and general penalty as set forth in § 1- 5, General Penalty, of the Code of the Borough of Rockleigh, within the discretion of the Municipal Court Judge.
[1973 Code § 45-21]
No person owning, keeping or harboring any dog or cat shall suffer or permit it to enter any food establishment which, for the purpose of this chapter, includes any place used in the production, preparation, manufacture, packing, storage, transportation or handling of food or foodstuffs intended for sale or distribution.
[1973 Code § 45-22]
No person owning, keeping or harboring any dog or cat shall suffer or permit it to soil, defile 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 lawns, shrubbery or tree on any private property or upon a lawn, shrubbery or tree on any private property not belonging to the owner or custodian of the dog or cat; provided, however, for the purpose of this subsection, the above-mentioned restrictions shall not apply to that portion of the street lying between the curblines which shall be used to curb the dog or cat.
[1973 Code § 45-23]
Any dog or cat found in any place specified in subsection 5-4.3 shall be deemed to be in such place by permission or order of the owner, harborer or keeper of such dog or cat, and any dog or cat committing any of the acts specified in subsection 5-4.4 shall be deemed to have committed such act by permission or order of the owner, harborer or keeper, and such owner, harborer or keeper shall be guilty of a violation of this chapter.
[1973 Code § 45-25]
The Governing Body may, by proclamation, require all dogs and cats to be quarantined during such period in each year as it may seem advisable.