Township of Chestnuthill, PA
Monroe County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Chestnuthill as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Parks and recreation areas — See Ch. 78.
[Adopted 7-23-1992 by Ord. No. 1992-03]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
Includes any person having the right of proprietorship or ownership, keeping or harboring one or more animals. An animal shall be deemed to be harbored if it is fed or sheltered or permitted to remain on or about any premises occupied by the owner.
As referred to in this article, the term "animal" shall refer to any kept for pleasure and/or utility; however, nothing in this article shall be construed to preclude or restrict "normal agricultural operation" as that term is defined by the State Legislature in its Act of June 10, 1982, P.L. 454, No. 133, Section 2 (3 P.S. § 952), as amended.
The animal control officer shall be any person designated by the Township as a law enforcement officer to perform such duties as pertain to animal control and enforcement. It shall be a violation of this article to interfere with an animal control officer in the performance of his duties.
It shall be unlawful for the owner of any canine (male or female) to permit said canine to cause nuisance to the citizens, residents or other persons lawfully in the Township by barking, yelping, howling or causing any other unseemly noise for extended periods of time, whether confined inside a residence or to the outside area.
Every female animal in heat shall be confined in a building or secured in an enclosure so such animal cannot escape and cause a nuisance to the area.
It shall be unlawful for the owner of any animal to damage or injure the personal or real property of another resident or landowner.
[Amended 9-3-1992 by Ord. No. 1992-15][1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection B, which required the daily cleanup of animal excrement and immediately followed this subsection, was repealed 9-3-1992 by Ord. No. 1992-15.
It shall be the duty of the owner of any animal to pick up and remove in its entirety any excrement from said animal from all public and private property. Excrement must not be deposited in a street or at a curbside but must be removed from the area completely.
No animal will be permitted to place excrement upon any sidewalk in the Township or upon the floors or stairways of any building or place frequented by the public or used in common by tenants or upon walls or stairways of any building.
Any person, firm or corporation violating any provision of this article shall, upon being found liable therefor in a civil enforcement proceeding commenced by the Township before a District Justice, pay a fine of not more than $600, plus all court costs, including reasonable attorney's fees, incurred by the Township in the enforcement of this article. No judgment shall be imposed until the date of the determination of the violation by the District Justice. If the defendant neither pays nor timely appeals the judgment, the Township may enforce the judgment pursuant to the applicable Rules of Civil Procedure. Each day a violation exists shall constitute a separate offense. Further, the appropriate officers or agents of the Township are hereby authorized to seek equitable relief, including injunction, to enforce compliance herewith.
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).