[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Lower Moreland as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Control of Animals
[Adopted 6-12-1967 by Ord. No. 133]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Dogs and other mammals susceptible to rabies.
- Includes any person having a right of property in any animal and any person who keeps or harbors an animal or has it in his care or allows it to remain on or about any premises occupied by him.
- A graduate of a recognized school of veterinary medicine licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Persons bitten by animals. It shall be the duty of any person who has knowledge that an animal has bitten or injured any person in this municipality to immediately report the facts and the whereabouts of such animal to the Lower Moreland Township Police Department, and it shall be the duty of the owner of every such animal to immediately confine it in such manner as will prevent it from escaping or running at large.
Animal bitten by an animal suspected of rabies. It shall be the duty of any person who has knowledge that an animal in this municipality has been bitten or otherwise injured by or been exposed to or been in contact with an animal infected with or suspected of being infected with rabies to immediately report the facts and the whereabouts of such animal to the Lower Moreland Township Police Department.
Animals infected with rabies. It shall be the duty of any person who has knowledge that an animal in this municipality is infected with or suspected of being infected with rabies to immediately report the facts and the whereabouts of such animal to the Lower Moreland Police Department. Any animal suspected of being infected with rabies shall immediately be removed to and confined under the supervision of a veterinarian. Disposition of such animal shall be as agreed upon by the Lower Moreland Health Department and the veterinarian.
Reports by physicians and hospitals. It shall be the duty and obligation of physicians and hospitals to report to the Lower Moreland Police Department the treatment of any person for animal bites.
The animal shall be confined by the owner for an observation period of 10 days from the date the bite or injury occurred at the home of the owner or at some other location selected by him under the supervision of a veterinarian in such manner as will prevent it from escaping or running at large.
Immediately upon being placed in confinement, the animal shall be examined by a veterinarian employed by the owner. A written report of the results of such examination shall be submitted in duplicate by the owner or the veterinarian to the Lower Moreland Police Department within 24 hours from the time of the bite or injury. Such report must be signed and dated by the veterinarian.
If at any time during said ten-day observation period the animal develops symptoms indicative of rabies, such fact shall be communicated at once to the Lower Moreland Department of Health. Removal or relocation of the animal under such conditions shall be at the discretion of the Lower Moreland Department of Health but at the expense of the owner.
If at any time during said ten-day observation period the animal should die, the owner shall immediately so notify the veterinarian concerned and also the Lower Moreland Health Department. Disposition of the body under such conditions shall be under the instructions of the Lower Moreland Health Department. The term "immediately" shall be construed to mean within the hour of the time of death.
At the end of said ten-day observation period, the animal shall be subject to further examination by a veterinarian at the discretion of the Lower Moreland Health Department. Such examination, if required, shall be at the expense of the owner. At this time, at the discretion of the Lower Moreland Health Department, the animal may be released from confinement.
Any animal that has bitten or injured a person or another animal shall be made available for inspection by the Lower Moreland Health Department at the discretion of said Department.
In the event of an emergency or an increase of rabies in Lower Moreland Township or as declared by the Pennsylvania State Department of Health or any other authorized Pennsylvania state or federal agency, the Lower Moreland Health Officer is hereby authorized, in order to further protect the health and welfare of the public, to issue such temporary regulations that are considered necessary under the conditions of such emergency. Any temporary regulations thus issued shall be in writing and a certified copy filed with the Township Secretary and are to be available for inspection by the public upon request.
Any animal suspected of having rabies or having bitten a person or another animal must not be killed but allowed to die a natural death under precautionary confinement. When absolutely necessary to destroy any animal suspected of having rabies, care must be taken to avoid inflicting any head wound. The head of any animal so destroyed must be examined by a laboratory before any decomposition takes place.
[Added 9-15-1999 by Ord. No. 500; amended 4-18-2012 by Ord. No. 655]
No person shall keep or harbor any animal in the Township so as to create offensive odors or unsanitary conditions which are a menace to the health or safety of the public.
It shall be illegal within the Township of Lower Moreland for any person or persons to own, possess, harbor or control any dog or animal which makes any noise continuously and/or incessantly for a period of 15 minutes or makes such noise intermittently for 30 minutes or more to the disturbance of any person any time of the day or night, regardless of whether the animal or dog is physically situated in or upon private property, said noise being a nuisance, provided that at the time the animal or dog is making such noise no person is trespassing or threatening to trespass upon private property in or upon which the animal or dog is situated nor is there any other legitimate cause.
No person owning, harboring, keeping, walking or in charge of any animal shall cause, suffer, permit or allow said animal to defecate on any common thoroughfare, street, sidewalk, road, play area, park or any place where people congregate or walk upon any public property whatsoever or upon any private property without permission of the owner of that private property unless immediate cleanup and disposal is undertaken. "Proper cleanup and disposal" shall mean that such person shall immediately remove all feces and droppings deposited by such animal, which removal shall be in a sanitary manner by shovel, so as to prevent any noxious odors, attraction of vermin or any other public health nuisance to neighbors. This section shall not apply to or be enforced against blind persons.
Editor's Note: This ordinance also provided for the repeal of former § 72-4, Defecation, cleanup and disposal, added 8-17-1988 by Ord. No. 378.
[Amended 8-17-1988 by Ord. No. 378; 3-21-1990 by Ord. No. 392]
Any person failing to comply with any of the provisions of this article shall be liable for each such offense, upon conviction before any District Justice within the Township of Lower Moreland, to a fine of not more than $600, together with the costs of prosecution, and, in default of payment or such fine and costs, to undergo imprisonment for a period not exceeding 30 days; and each day's failure to comply with any such provision shall constitute a separate violation.