[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Woodstown 7-13-64 as Ord. No. 207. Section 53-6 amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
Be it ordained by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Woodstown, in the County of Salem and State of New Jersey:
No person owning, keeping or harboring a dog shall permit, suffer or allow said dog to commit a nuisance on the property of residents of the borough. Such "nuisance" is defined to be digging in flower beds or gardens, upsetting garbage cans or trash piles or baskets or containers, depositing soil or running at large on private property in such a manner as to cause annoyance to the owner of such property.
No dog shall be kept within the limits of the Borough of Woodstown which barks continuously or in any way disturbs the peace and quiet of the residents of the Borough of Woodstown.
No person owning, keeping or harboring a dog shall permit, suffer or allow said dog to:
Run at large within the limits of the Borough of Woodstown.
Be off the premises of such person or upon a street or other public place in the Borough of Woodstown, except when restrained by a leash not more than six feet in length under the control of a person capable of controlling said dog.
Cause any injury to any person.
Do any damage to any shrub, tree or other property in any street, park or public place in the Borough of Woodstown.
Soil or defile or commit any nuisance upon any sidewalk, pedestrian street crossing, school yard or municipal playground.
[Added 12-28-81 by Ord. No. 330; amended 1-28-03 by Ord. No. 576]
The Mayor and Council may provide for the control and disposition of dogs found to be running at large. Any person appointed by them shall have all of the authority provided by statute, regulation or ordinance to impound and thereafter destroy as provided by law:
Any unlicensed or stray dog found off the premises of the owner or person responsible for said dog's maintenance and control.
Any dog found off its owner's premises without a current registration tag affixed to said dog's collar.
Any female dog in season found off the owner's premises.
All dogs kept within the Borough of Woodstown shall be licensed annually. A charge of $19.80 shall be made by the Borough Clerk, plus state fees, for said license if the license is purchased prior to March 16. The applicant shall pay the fee of $19.80 plus the appropriate state fee at the time of application and shall present a current rabies vaccination certificate for each dog to be licensed.
[Amended 3-26-90 by Ord. No. 424; 12-11-07 by Ord. No. 2007-17]
If a dog license is purchased after March 15, but prior to the commencement of the annual census, a late fee of $10 shall be paid in addition to the license fee set forth in Section 53-4B hereof. If a dog license is purchased after the annual census is commenced, a late fee of $50 shall be paid in addition to the license fee set forth in Section 53-4B hereof.
The person or persons appointed by the Mayor and Council to enforce this chapter of the municipal ordinances may charge such fees as allowed by statute for their services. Any fees incident to the impounding, maintenance and care of animals not destroyed shall be paid by the owner or person recovering possession of said animals.
The Mayor is hereby authorized, at such times in his judgment the safety of the public so requires, to compel the owners of all dogs in the borough to equip their dogs with suitable muzzles to prevent the dog or dogs from biting persons lawfully using the streets and public places of the borough. This order is to be put into effect by public proclamation duly posted at the Borough Hall and published either by notice in a public newspaper circulating in the borough or by distribution of handbills.
[Amended 12-11-72 by Ord. No. 259]
Any person or persons violating the provisions of this chapter shall be liable to a fine of not more than $500 or be imprisoned in the county jail for a period not exceeding 90 days, or both, for each offense.