[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee (now Township Council) of the Township of Logan 12-8-1965 by Ord. No. 6-1965. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Animals in parks — See Ch. 121.
The control and licensing of dogs in Logan Township shall hereafter be in accordance with the regulations set forth in this chapter, which shall be known and may be cited as the "Logan Township Dog Ordinance of 1965."
The words hereinafter defined shall have the meaning herein indicated for the purposes of this chapter as follows:
- Any dog, bitch or spayed bitch.
- DOG OF LICENSING AGE
- Any dog which has attained the age of seven months or which possesses a set of permanent teeth.
- When applied to the proprietorship of a dog, includes every person having a right of property in such dog and every person who has such dog in his keeping. For the purpose of this chapter, any person who harbors or possesses any dog for a period of 15 days or more shall be deemed to be the "owner" of the dog or dogs so harbored or possessed.
- An establishment for the confinement of dogs seized either under the provisions of this chapter or otherwise.
- RUNNING AT LARGE
- Includes, for the purpose of this chapter, the running or standing of any dog on any street, road or other public place, or any private property where permission for said dog to be has not been granted, unattended and not under the immediate control of some responsible person able to control said dog.
Any person who shall own, keep or harbor a dog of licensing age in the Township of Logan shall, in the month of January of each year, apply for and procure from the Clerk of the Township or other official designated by the Township Council to license dogs, a license and official metal registration tag for each such dog so owned, kept or harbored, and shall place upon each such dog a collar or harness with the registration tag securely fastened thereto.
The persons applying for the license and official registration tag shall pay an annual license fee of $6, the sum of $1 for the official metal registration tag and the sum of $0.20 cents for the Pilot Clinic Fund for each dog, and for each annual renewal, the fee for the license and for the official registration tag shall be the same as for the original license and tag. Said licenses, registration tags and renewals thereof shall expire on the last day of January in each year. A late penalty of $3 shall be assessed for renewals made after March 31 of each year.
[Amended 2-8-1967 by Ord. No. 2-1967; 8-9-1978 by Ord. No. 6-1978; 12-10-1980 by Ord. No. 11-1980; 12-7-1985 by Ord. No. 8-1985; 6-20-1989 by Ord. No. 10-1989]
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" or 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.
[Added 12-7-1985 by Ord. No. 8-1985]
All license forms and registration tags shall be issued in accordance with N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.3.
The owner of any newly acquired dog of licensing age or any dog which attains licensing age shall make application for license and registration tag for such dog within 10 days after such acquisition or age attainment.
The application shall state the breed, sex, age, color and markings of the dog for which license and registration are sought, and whether it is of a long- or short-haired variety; also the name, street and post office address of the owner and the person who shall keep or harbor such dog. The information on said application and the registration number issued for the dog shall be preserved for a period of three years by the Clerk or other local official designated to license dogs in the Township. In addition, he shall forward to the state department of Health each month, on forms furnished by the said department, an accurate account of registration numbers issued or otherwise disposed of. Registration numbers shall be issued in the order of the applications.
Any person who shall bring or cause to be brought into the Township any dog licensed in another state for the current year and bearing a registration tag and shall keep the same or permit the same to be kept within the Township for a period of more than 90 days shall immediately after the expiration of the ninety-day period apply for a license and registration tag for each such dog unless such dog is licensed under a kennel license.
Any person who shall bring or cause to be brought into the Township any unlicensed dog and shall keep the same or permit the same to be kept within the Township for a period of more than 10 days shall immediately after the expiration of the ten-day period apply for a license and registration tag for each such dog unless such dog is licensed under a kennel license.
No person except an officer in the performance of his duties shall remove a registration tag from the collar of any dog without the consent of the owner, nor shall any person attach a registration tag to a dog for which it was not issued.
Any person who keeps or operates a kennel or pound shall apply to the Clerk or other official designated to license dogs in the Township for a license entitling him to keep or operate such establishment.
The application shall describe the premises where the establishment is located and the purpose for which it is maintained, and shall be accompanied by the written approval of the Township Board of Health showing compliance with the local and state rules and regulations governing location of and sanitation at such establishments.
All licenses issued for a kennel or pound shall state the purpose for which the establishment is maintained, and all such licenses shall expire on the last day of January of each year and be subject to revocation by the Township on recommendations of the State Department of Health or the local Board of Health for failure to comply with the rules and regulations governing location of same, after the owner has been afforded a hearing by either the State Department or local Board.
Any person holding such license shall not be required to secure individual licenses for dogs owned by such licensee and kept at such establishments; such licenses shall not be transferable to another owner or different premises.
The annual license fee for a kennel providing accommodations for 10 or less dogs shall be $10, and for more than 10 dogs, $25. No fee shall be charged for a pound.
No dog kept in a kennel or pound shall be permitted off such premises except on a leash or in a crate or under other safe control.
The provisions of this chapter relating to kennels shall not, and shall not be construed to, permit the operation of any kennels within the said Township of Logan except those which are now legally operating as a nonconforming use under a valid license for such use.
License fees and other moneys collected or received under this chapter, except registration tag fees, shall be forwarded to the Treasurer of the Township of Logan within 30 days after collection or receipt and shall be placed in a special account separate from any of the other accounts of the Township and which shall be used for the following purposes only: for collecting, keeping and disposing of dogs liable to seizure under this chapter; for local prevention and control of rabies; for providing antirabic treatment under the direction of the local Board of Health for any person known or suspected to have been exposed to rabies; and for administering the provisions of this chapter. Any unexpended balance remaining in such special account shall be retained therein until the end of the third fiscal year following and may be used for any of the purposes set forth in this section. At the end of the said third fiscal year following and at the end of each fiscal year thereafter, there shall be transferred from such special account to the general funds of the Township any amount then in such account which is in excess of the total amount paid into said special account during the last two fiscal years next preceding.
The registration tag fee of $1 for each dog shall be forwarded within 30 days after collection by the Clerk or other official designated to license dogs to the State Department of Health.
[Amended 2-8-1967 by Ord. No. 2-1967; 12-7-1985 by Ord. No. 8-1985]
The Chief of Police of the Township or any person appointed for the purpose by the Township Council shall annually cause a canvass to be made of all dogs owned, kept or harbored within the limits of the Township and shall report on or before May 1 of each year to the Clerk or other person designated to license dogs in the municipality and to the local Board of Health and to the State Department of Health the result thereof, setting forth in separate columns the names and addresses of persons owning, keeping or harboring unlicensed dogs and the number of unlicensed dogs owned, kept or harbored by each of said persons, together with a complete description of each of said unlicensed dogs.
No person owning, keeping, maintaining or harboring a dog shall permit, suffer or allow said dog to:
Run at large upon any of the public streets or roads or upon any private property in the Township of Logan, except the private property of the person owning, keeping, maintaining or harboring such dog, or except upon premises where permission has been given by the owner thereof to the person owning, keeping, maintaining or harboring any such dog to keep it on the private property of the person so giving permission.
Be off the premises of the owner or premises where permission has been given as set forth in Subsection A(1) above, unless the said dog shall be on a leash not more than six feet long and held by a person over the age of 12 years who shall have complete control of the dog.
Bark, cry, whine, howl or otherwise disturb the peace or quiet of the neighborhood or the sleep of any person for any unreasonable length of time.
Cause any injury to any person.
Do any damage to any lawn, shrubbery, flowers, grounds or other property or run through or across any cultivated gardens or fields.
Be or become a public nuisance or create a condition hazardous to safety and health.
The habitual barking, howling, whining or crying of a dog or dogs in the Township of Logan is hereby declared to be a disturbing noise within the meaning of N.J.S.A. 40:48-1, Subsection (8), and a nuisance.
[Added 4-2-2002 by Ord. No. 4-2002]
Purpose. The purpose of this section is to protect the health, safety and welfare of all those frequenting this municipality by preventing the needless health hazards and nuisances caused by dog feces upon public and private property located within the Township.
Nuisances prohibited; curbing of dogs; responsibility of owner.
No person, agency or institution owning, harboring, keeping or in charge of any dog shall cause, suffer or allow such dog to soil, defile, defecate or commit any nuisance upon any public or private property whatsoever, except with the express authority or permission of the owner of said property.
The restriction in this section shall not apply to the portion of the street lying between the curblines, which may be used to curb such dogs under the following conditions:
The person who so curbs such dog shall immediately remove all feces deposited by such dog by any sanitary method (shovel, container, disposal bag, etc.).
The feces removed from the aforementioned designated area shall be disposed of by the person owning, harboring, keeping or in charge of any dog curbed in accordance with the provisions of this section in a sanitary manner on said person's own property.
The provisions of this section shall not apply to a guide dog or Seeing Eye dog which is in the sole control of a blind person.
Complaints; enforcement. Complaints against violators of this section may be filed by any citizen, as well as by an officer of the Township Police Department.
Violations and penalties. Any person found guilty of violating or refusing to comply with any of the provisions of this section shall be subject to a fine of not more than $250 for each offense according to the discretion of the Municipal Judge, plus court costs.
The Chief of Police of the Township or the Dog Warden or any person appointed for the purpose by the Township Council shall take into custody and impound or cause to be taken into custody and impounded, and thereafter destroyed or disposed of as provided in this section, any dog running at large or off the premises of the owner or of the person keeping or harboring said dog, or of the person granting permission for said dog to be on his premises, in violation of any of the provisions of this chapter or any dog he believes to be a stray dog.
If any dog so seized wears a collar or harness having inscribed thereon or attached thereto the name and address of any person or a registration tag, or the owner or the person keeping or harboring said dog is known, the Chief of Police or Dog Warden or any person duly authorized shall forthwith serve on the person whose address is given on the collar, or on the owner or the person keeping or harboring said dog, if known, a notice in writing stating that the dog has been seized and will be liable to be disposed of or destroyed if not claimed within seven days after the service of the notice.
A notice under this section may be served either by delivering it to the person on whom it is to be served or by leaving it at the person's usual or last known place of abode or at the address given on the collar, or by forwarding it by post in a prepaid letter addressed to that person at his usual or last known place of abode or to the address given on the collar.
When any dog so seized has been detained for seven days after notice, when notice can be given as above set forth, or has been detained for seven days after seizure, when no notice has been given as above set forth, 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 detention, including maintenance not exceeding $4 per day, 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 aforesaid Chief of Police or Dog Warden or other person duly authorized may cause the dog to be destroyed in manner causing as little pain as possible.
[Amended 12-7-1985 by Ord. No. 8-1985]
Any officer or agent authorized or empowered to perform any duty under this chapter is hereby authorized to go upon any premises to seize for impounding any dog or dogs which he may lawfully seize and impound when such officer is in immediate pursuit of such dog or dogs, except upon the premises of the owner of the dog if said owner is present and forbids the same.
No person shall hinder, molest or interfere with anyone authorized or empowered to perform any duty under this chapter.
Any person who violates any of the provisions of this chapter or who fails or refuses to comply with any of the provisions hereof shall be liable to a fine of not more than $50 for each offense, and upon failure to pay the same, together with the costs and charges incidental thereto, may be imprisoned for a period not exceeding 30 days.
The provisions of this chapter shall be in addition to the provisions and penalties of any and all statutes of the State of New Jersey relating to rabies and control of dogs.