Township of Union, NJ
Hunterdon County
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[Editor's Note: Cat Licensing repealed by Ord. No. 2010-1BH.]
[Ord. No. 11-7-79 § 1]
The definitions set forth in N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.1 et seq., are hereby adopted and incorporated by reference into this chapter, as if set forth fully herein.
[Ord. No. 11-7-79 § 2]
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 4:19-1.9, any person who shall reside in the Township and who shall own, keep or harbor a dog of licensing age shall, in the month of January, apply for and procure from the Municipal Clerk or other official designated by the Township Committee a license and official metal registration tag for each dog so owned, kept or harbored, and shall place upon each dog a collar or harness with the registration tag securely fastened thereto.
[Ord. No. 11-7-79 § 3; Ord. No. 83-4 § 2; Ord. No. 87-1 § 2; Ord. No. 90-16 § 2; Ord. No. 2010-9; Ord. No. 2016-8]
a. 
Persons applying for a dog license and registration tag shall pay the sum of $10.80 for the license plus such registration fees and additional charges as may be prescribed by law.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Additional State of New Jersey fees required.
b. 
There shall be a $20 late fee for dog licenses issued on or after February 1 of each year.
[Ord. No. 11-7-79 § 4]
The Municipal Clerk or other official designated by the Township Committee to license dogs shall not grant any such license and official metal registration tag for any dog unless the owner provides evidence that the dog to be licensed and registered has been inoculated with a rabies vaccine as specified in N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.2 and other state and federal laws and regulations concerning rabies vaccination.
[Ord. No. 11-7-79 § 7]
No dog shall be permitted off the premises of the owner or the person keeping or harboring the dog, except on a leash, or on private property with the permission of the owner of such private property.
[Ord. No. 11-7-79 § 8]
No person shall keep, harbor or maintain any dog which habitually barks or cries.
[Ord. No. 11-7-79 § 9]
a. 
Any person[1] appointed for the purpose of animal control by the Township Committee shall take into custody and impound or cause to be taken into custody and impounded, and thereafter destroyed or disposed of as provided in N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.16 and other applicable laws and regulations of the State of New Jersey.
[1]
Editor's Note: The Township currently has a contract with St. Hubert's Giralda for the control of dogs and cats.
b. 
If the owner or person keeping or harboring the dog shall claim the dog at the time of its detention, he/she shall pay to the Township, in addition to the maximum maintenance fees set forth in the Statute, a pick-up fee of $15 to cover the cost of the apprehension and transportation of each dog.
[Ord. No. 11-7-79 § 10]
This chapter is enacted pursuant to "An Act for the Uniform Control and Licensing of Dogs and Kennels to Aid In Preventing the Spread of Rabies, etc." N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.1 through 4:19-15.29, as amended and revised, and State rules and regulations promulgated by the State Department of Health pursuant thereto, and other applicable State laws, rules and regulations.
[Ord. No. 11-7-79 § 11]
Except as otherwise provided in state statutes, any person who violates or who fails or refuses to comply with this chapter or the rules and regulations promulgated by the State Department of Health shall be liable to a penalty of not less than $5 nor more than $50 for each offense, to be recovered by and in the name of the Board of Health of the Township of Union or by and in the name of the Township, as the case may be, except that for the first offense in cases of violations, the penalty shall be not less than $1 nor more than $50, to be recovered in the same manner.
[Ord. No. 11-7-79 § 6; New]
Any person appointed for the purpose by the Township Committee shall biannually cause a canvass to be made of all dogs owned, kept or harbored within the limits of the Township and shall report, on or before May 1 biannually, to the Municipal Clerk or other person designated to license dogs in the Township, to the local Board of Health, and to the State Department of Health the results of the canvass in accordance with N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.15.
[Ord. No. 11-7-79 § 5]
a. 
Any person who keeps or operates or proposes to establish a kennel, a pet shop, a shelter or a pound in the Township shall apply to the Municipal Clerk or other official designated to license dogs for a license entitling him/her to keep or operate such establishment, in accordance with N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.8. License fees shall be as set forth in N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.9.
b. 
In accordance with N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.1, the following definitions shall apply:
[Amended 2-21-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-1]
KENNEL
Any establishment wherein or whereon the business of boarding or selling dogs or breeding dogs for sale is carried on, except a pet shop.
PET SHOP
Any place of business which is not part of a kennel, wherein animals, including, but not limited to, dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, rabbits, hamsters or gerbils, are kept or displayed chiefly for the purpose of sale to individuals for personal appreciation and companionship rather than for business or research purposes.
POUND
An establishment for the confinement of dogs or other animals seized either under the provisions of this act or otherwise.
SHELTER
Any establishment where dogs or other animals are received, housed and distributed.
c. 
Operation of the above facilities shall be in conformity with Subchapter 1, "Sanitary Conduct and Operation of Kennels, Pet Shops, Shelters and Pounds," N.J.A.C. 8:23-1.1 to 13, and with other applicable state laws and regulations.
[Added 2-21-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-1]