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Borough of Shrewsbury, NJ
Monmouth County
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[Adopted 9-6-1955 by Ord. No. 112 (Ch. 31 of the 1973 Code)]
No dog shall be permitted to run at large at any time in the Borough of Shrewsbury, except as hereinafter provided.
A. 
No person owning, keeping or harboring any dog shall suffer or permit the same to run at large anywhere in the Borough, except upon the property of the person owning, keeping or harboring said dog.
B. 
Any dog off the premises of any person owning, keeping or harboring the same shall be accompanied by a person capable of controlling said dog and who has the dog upon a leash not exceeding 10 feet in length or in a crate or box or otherwise securely confined so as to prevent it from running at large.
[Amended 2-8-1988 by Ord. No. 567; 5-13-1991 by Ord. No. 623][1]
No person owning or having the care, custody or control of any dog shall suffer or permit it to do any injury or damage to any lawn, shrubbery, flowers, grounds, trees or any property of persons other than the owner or person having the care, custody or control of such dog.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III).
The owner or custodian of any dog referred to in § 67-3 shall be responsible and liable for any damage done by any such dog.
[Amended 2-8-1988 by Ord. No. 567]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to keep or harbor within the Borough any dog which is known to be vicious or which has evidenced a disposition to attack human beings, unless the dog is securely confined within a building, muzzled and securely confined within an area completely surrounded by a secure fence five feet in height or muzzled, leashed and attended by a person capable of controlling the dog.
B. 
Dogs bites; barking dogs.
(1) 
The owner of a dog which bites a person while such person is on or in a public place or lawfully on or in a private place, including the property of the owner of the dog, shall be liable for such damages as may be suffered by the person bitten, regardless of the former viciousness of such dog or the owner's knowledge of such viciousness. The owner of a dog shall be responsible for any damage caused by the destruction or wounding of sheep, lambs, domestic animals or poultry, except dogs and cats, committed by the dog.
(2) 
No person shall keep, harbor or maintain any dog which barks, howls or cries continuously for 10 minutes or intermittently for 30 minutes so that same unreasonably interferes with the enjoyment of life or property of persons residing in the vicinity. The provisions of this section shall apply to all private or public facilities, including any animal pounds, kennels and pet shops, where a dog is held for any reason.
[Amended 9-13-1966 by Ord. No. 238; 9-27-1973 by Ord. No. 346; 12-19-1981 by Ord. No. 467; 10-3-1983 by Ord. No. 490; 12-13-1993 by Ord. No. 671; 10-7-2003 by Ord. No. 816; 5-3-2004 by Ord. No. 835]
A. 
Each and every dog shall be duly licensed and shall bear evidence of such license at all times, in accordance with the laws of the State of New Jersey. The annual fee for such license shall be $12 for each dog including any fees imposed by the State of New Jersey. In addition, an annual fee of $3 shall be paid for any dog of reproductive age which has not had its reproductive capacity permanently altered through sterilization. Said licenses and renewals thereof shall expire on the last day of January in each year. A late fee of $5 shall be assessed each month on all license renewals issued to dog owner after the expiration date of January 31.
[Amended 10-1-2007 by Ord. No. 903]
B. 
Dogs used as guides for blind persons and commonly known as ”Seeing Eye” dogs, dogs used to assist handicapped persons and commonly known as "service dogs" and dogs used to assist deaf persons and commonly known as "hearing ear" 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.
[Amended 5-15-2006 by Ord. No. 871]
[Amended 5-15-2006 by Ord. No. 871]
The Mayor and Council shall have the power to appoint an Animal Control Officer whose duty it shall be to enforce the provisions of this chapter. The Mayor and Council shall also have power to enter into a contract with one or more persons for the exercise of the duty of the Animal Control Officer and to enforce the provisions of this chapter.
[Amended 5-15-2006 by Ord. No. 871]
A. 
The Animal Control Officer or any other person appointed for the purpose shall take into custody and impound, or cause to be taken into custody and impounded, any male or female dog running at large in this municipality contrary to any of the provisions or sections of this article.
B. 
When any dog so seized has been detained for seven days after notice, when notice can be given, or has been detained for seven days after seizure, when notice cannot be given, in accordance with the laws of the State of New Jersey, and if the owner or person keeping or harboring said dog has not claimed said dog and paid all expenses incurred by reason of its seizure and detention, and if the dog be unlicensed at the time of the seizure and the owner or person keeping or harboring said dog has not produced a license and registration tag for said dog, the Animal Control Officer or other designated authority may cause the dog to be offered for adoption or destroyed in manner causing as little pain as possible.
[Amended 9-27-1973 by Ord. No. 346; 3-14-1994 by Ord. No. 678; 5-15-2006 by Ord. No. 871]
Except as provided in N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.19, any person convicted of violating any provision of this article shall be subject to a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $1,250, a term of imprisonment not exceeding 90 days or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days, or any combination thereof. Any person charged with violating any provision of this article after once having been convicted of a violation of this article shall be required to appear in court to answer such charge.
Nothing herein contained shall in any way be construed as relieving any person from complying with any state statutes or other regulations pertaining to the licensing and registration of dogs, and this article is intended to be supplementary to any provisions of any such other laws.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 31-11, Referendum requested, which immediately followed this section, was repealed 2-8-1988 by Ord. No. 567.