[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Woodstown 4-27-1993 as Ord. No. 463. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to provide reasonable regulations for the control, care and maintenance of cats in the Borough of Woodstown. It is recognized by the Mayor and Council that cats are generally excellent pets, but they can become a nuisance if not properly maintained. This chapter is not intended to impair, restrict or otherwise interfere with the relationship that exists between owners and their pets; however, it is necessary that these owners exercise responsibility in the care and maintenance of their animals so that other residents in the Borough of Woodstown are not offended or unreasonably inconvenienced.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- ABANDONED CAT
- A cat of any age which shall be left unattended, unclaimed, unlicensed or at large for a period of 72 hours or more.
- Any animal of a feline species.
- Every person having a property right in a cat and every person keeping, harboring or feeding a cat for more than 48 hours. This provision shall not include a person who keeps or feeds a cat on behalf of an owner at the owner's request to accommodate the owner's temporary needs.
- An individual, firm, partnership, corporation or association of persons.
- PUBLIC NUISANCE
- A cat that causes damage to public or private property or causes harm to any person.
- STRAY CAT
- A cat having no known owner or custodian.
License requirements. No person shall own, keep, harbor or maintain any cat over seven months of age within the Borough of Woodstown, unless such cat is licensed. The provisions of this section do not apply to cats held by a state or federal licensed research facility, a veterinary establishment or a licensed animal shelter, pound, kennel or pet shop. No cat may be licensed without proof of vaccination as detailed below.
Vaccination. All cats shall be vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian in accordance with the recommendations for immunization published by the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians, except as provided in Subsection C.
Exemptions. Any cat may be exempted from vaccination requirements for a specified period by the Local Board of Health upon presentation of a veterinarian's certificate stating that because of an infirmity or other physical condition, the inoculation of such cat is not medically appropriate.
[Amended 12-11-07 by Ord. No. 2007-18]
All cat licenses shall be issued by the Municipal Clerk or such other person as may be designated by the Mayor and Council for the Borough of Woodstown. All licenses shall be issued with a registration number, and a record of such issuance shall be maintained. A license may only be issued after a completed application is received along with all required fees. The licensing fee shall be $18, which fee is allocated as $17 for the license and one dollar ($1) for registration and the registration tag. The registration tag shall then be attached to a collar to be worn and maintained by the individual cat for whom the license was issued whenever such cat shall be outdoors. Any person who presents a certificate signed by a licensed veterinarian stating that the cat has been spayed or neutered shall be entitled to a reduction of $3 of the license fee and for each annual renewal. All fees required by this section shall be due on or before the last day of January in each year. No license shall be granted for a period exceeding one year, and no license shall be transferable. Persons applying for a license or renewal after the last day of January shall pay the full license and registration fee, regardless of the number of months remaining in the year.
The owner of any cat of at least seven months of age shall obtain a license tag for such cat and cause the tag to be readily displayed upon the cat within 10 days. The provisions of this section shall not apply to nonresident cat owners passing through the borough, nor shall it apply to the owners of any cat brought to the borough for the purpose of veterinary treatment or exhibition in a cat show.
Any person seeking a license shall complete an application form to be supplied by the Municipal Clerk. The completed license application shall set forth the particular cat's breed, sex, age, color, markings and whether or not it is of the long-haired or short-haired variety. The application shall also set forth the name, street and post office address of the owner and/or the person who shall keep or harbor the cat. The application and the registration number issued for the cat shall be preserved for a period of three years by the Municipal Clerk or other local official designated to license cats in the Borough of Woodstown.
A late fee of $4 shall be charged for any payment made after the last day of January in each year for the license required in Subsection A above.
Any person owning, maintaining or harboring a cat shall produce licensing proof whenever requested by a health official, police officer, animal control officer or other person officially authorized by the Borough of Woodstown.
No cat shall be sheltered, maintained or harbored that is not domesticated. The area where cats are kept shall be clean and sanitary and shall not create a disturbance by reason of noise, odor or other causes. No person shall abandon any cat or permit a cat in his custody to become a stray.