Borough of Columbia, PA
Lancaster County
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[Adopted 12-9-1974 by Ord. No. 517 (Ch. 7, Art. I, of the 1971 Code)]
No vicious, dangerous, ferocious dog, cat or other animal or such animal sick with or liable to communicate hydrophobia or other contagious or infectious disease shall be permitted to run at large in the Borough of Columbia. It shall be unlawful to permit any pig, hog, swine, sheep, goat, cow, horse, pony, fowl, poultry or pigeon or other such animal to run at large in the Borough. Exhibitions or parades of animals which are ferae naturae in the eyes of the law may be conducted only upon securing a permit from the Chief of Police.
[Amended 12-16-2003 by Ord. No. 726]
Any police officer, peace officer or code enforcement officer of the Borough of Columbia is hereby authorized and empowered, in his discretion, to seize and detain any dog, cat or other animal found running at large.
Any unlicensed dog, cat or other animal so seized and detained shall be properly kept in a place designated by the Borough Council and fed for a period of 48 hours. Any person who shall within said period of time prove to the satisfaction of the Borough authorities his ownership or right to custody of said dog, cat or other animal shall, upon payment of a sum, as set from time to time by resolution of the Borough Council, for each day or part thereof for the care of said dog, cat or other animal detained, be entitled to have his dog, cat or other animal returned to him, but shall be subject to arrest and fine as provided herein.
Any licensed dog, cat or other animal so seized and detained shall be properly fed and properly kept in a place designated by the Borough Council as a pound. Immediately upon said seizure and detention, notice, either personal or by registered mail, shall be given to the person in whose name the license was procured, or his agent, to claim such dog, cat or other animal within 10 days. The owner of the dog, cat or other animal so detained shall be entitled to have his dog, cat or other animal returned to him upon the payment of an amount, as set from time to time by resolution of the Borough Council, for each day or part thereof for the care of said dog, cat or other animal while detained, but shall be subject to arrest and fine as herein provided.
[Amended 6-11-2012 by Ord. No. 827; 2-25-2013 by Ord. No. 835]
A. 
Any unlicensed dog, cat or other animal not claimed within five days after seizure shall:
(1) 
Be destroyed;
(2) 
Be released to the SPCA of Lancaster County, Humane League of Lancaster County, Columbia Animal Hospital, Inc. or such other veterinarian or animal care service provider as the Borough of Columbia may contract for the care of animals; or
(3) 
Provided such animal is a cat which has been neutered or spayed, be released back to the place where captured.
B. 
Any licensed dog, cat or other animal not claimed within 10 days after notice of its seizure, as herein provided, may be released to the SPCA of Lancaster County, Humane League of Lancaster County, Columbia Animal Hospital, Inc. or other such veterinarian or animal care service provider as the Borough of Columbia may contract for the care of animals, or destroyed.
C. 
Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Borough of Columbia may contract with appropriate animal care or veterinarian service providers such as Columbia Animal Hospital, Inc. to allow them the option of euthanizing unclaimed dogs after the five- or ten-day period referenced above has expired or turning custody of such animals over to an appropriate individual or organization that will provide care and/or adopt the dogs at no cost to the Borough of Columbia, Columbia Animal Hospital, Inc. or other similar appropriate animal care or veterinarian service providers.
[Amended 10-10-1983 by Ord. No. 581]
All dogs shall be kept under restraint, either by a leash or by being kept in an enclosure. An animal shall be deemed to be under restraint if on the premises of its owner or if on a leash and accompanied by a responsible person and under that person's control.
It shall be unlawful to keep or maintain, within the Borough of Columbia, any pig, hog or swine. The keeping or maintaining of any such pig, hog or swine within the Borough of Columbia is hereby found and determined by the Borough Council of the Borough of Columbia to constitute a public nuisance.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 7-4.4, Housing of animals, which immediately followed this section, was repealed 12-16-2003 by Ord. No. 726.
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any owner to fail to exercise proper care and control of his animals to prevent them from becoming a public nuisance. Excessive, continuous or untimely barking or noise making, smell, mischief, molesting of passersby, chasing of vehicles, habitual attacks on other domestic animals or trespassing upon private property in such manner as to damage property shall be deemed a nuisance.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for any owner, keeper or custodian to fail to provide animals with sufficient good and wholesome food and water, proper shelter and protection from the weather, and veterinary care when needed to prevent suffering and to fail to provide them with humane care and treatment. It shall be unlawful for any owner, keeper or custodian to beat, cruelly ill-treat, torment, overload, overwork or otherwise abuse any animal or to cause or permit any dogfight, cockfight or other combat between animals or between animals and humans.
[Amended 8-9-2004 by Ord. No. 737]
A. 
It is hereby declared to be unlawful for any owner, keeper or custodian of any dog or cat to permit his or her dog or cat to discharge such animal's excreta upon any public or private property, other than the property of the owner of such dog or cat, within the Borough if such owner, keeper or custodian does not immediately thereafter remove and clean up such animal's excreta from the public or private property.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for any owner, keeper or custodian to have under his or her control or custody any dog or cat while on any public or private sidewalk, parkway, walkway, street, public park, public way, public grassy area or any other public areas, or upon private premises owned by any person, firm, or corporation other than the owner, keeper or custodian of such dog or cat, without having on his or her person a device which would be capable of removing any offal, feces or excreta of such dog or cat, which device shall not include the hands or feet of the owner, keeper or custodian.
A. 
Each day of violation of any of the provisions of this article shall be a separate violation hereof. Any person violating any of the provisions of this article shall be subject to a fine or penalty of not more than $600 for each offense, plus costs of prosecution, to be collected as fines or penalties are recoverable by law, and, in default of payment of such fine and costs, to imprisonment for not more than 30 days.
B. 
In addition to any other remedies provided in this article, such violation shall constitute a nuisance and may be abated by the Borough by seeking appropriate equitable relief from a court of competent jurisdiction.