Borough of Lansdowne, PA
Delaware County
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[Adopted 10-21-1969 by Ord. No. 874]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ANIMAL
Dogs and other mammals susceptible to rabies.
BOARD OF HEALTH
The Board of Health of the Borough of Lansdowne.
OWNER
Every person having a right of proprietorship in such animal, and every person who keeps or harbors such animal or has it in his care, and every person who permits such animal to remain on or about any premises occupied by him.
POLICE DEPARTMENT
The Police Department of the Borough of Lansdowne.
VETERINARIAN
A graduate of a recognized school of veterinary medicine licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
A. 
It shall be the duty of any person who has knowledge that an animal has bitten or injured any person in the Borough of Lansdowne to immediately report the facts and the whereabouts of such animal, if known, to the 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. Upon receipt of such report, the Police Department shall advise the owner as to the procedure to be followed with respect to the further confinement and examination of the animal.
B. 
It shall be the duty of any person who has knowledge that an animal in the Borough of Lansdowne 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, if known, to the Police Department.
C. 
It shall be the duty of any person who has knowledge that an animal in the Borough of Lansdowne is infected with or suspected of being infected with rabies to immediately report the facts and the whereabouts of such animal to the Police Department. Any animal suspected of being infected with rabies shall immediately be removed to and confined in a veterinary hospital acceptable to the Board of Health. Any animal infected with rabies shall be disposed of in such manner as the Board of Health may direct.
A. 
If the records of the Board of Health do not disclose any occurrence of rabies in the Borough of Lansdowne within a period of 100 days prior to the receipt of such report, it shall be the duty of the owner of any animal which has bitten or injured any person in the Borough to follow the procedure set forth below:
(1) 
The animal shall be confined by the owner for an observation period of 10 days from the date the bite 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.
(2) 
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 by the owner or the veterinarian within 24 hours to the Police Department.
(3) 
If at any time during the ten-day observation period the animal develops symptoms indicative of rabies, such fact shall be communicated at once to the Police Department and the animal shall immediately be removed to a veterinary hospital acceptable to the Police Department.
(4) 
At the end of the ten-day observation period, the animal shall again be examined by a veterinarian employed by the owner and a written report of the results of such examination shall be submitted by the owner or the veterinarian within 24 hours to the Police Department. If the second report reveals no symptoms indicative of rabies, the animal may then be released from confinement.
(5) 
If at any time after the animal is placed in confinement it develops rabies, it shall be disposed of in such manner as the Board of Health shall direct.
B. 
If the records of the Board of Health disclose any occurrence of rabies in the Borough of Lansdowne within 100 days prior to the receipt of such report, it shall be the duty of the owner of any animal which has bitten or injured any person in the Borough to follow the procedure set forth below:
(1) 
The animal shall be removed to and confined by the owner in a veterinary hospital acceptable to the Police Department for an observation period of 10 days from the date the bite occurred. The owner or hospital shall submit the receipt for the animal to the Police Department upon the same day that it is placed in the hospital.
(2) 
Immediately upon being placed in the hospital, the animal shall be examined by a veterinarian employed by the owner. A written report of the results of such examination shall be submitted by the owner or veterinarian within 24 hours to the Police Department.
(3) 
If at any time during the ten-day observation period the animal develops symptoms indicative of rabies, such fact shall be communicated at once to the Police Department.
(4) 
At the end of the ten-day observation period the animal shall again be examined by a veterinarian employed by the owner and a written report of the results of such examination shall be submitted by the owner or the veterinarian within 24 hours to the Police Department. If the second report reveals no symptoms indicative of rabies, the owner may obtain from the Police Department the hospital receipt for the animal and it may then be released from confinement.
(5) 
If at any time after the animal is placed in the hospital it develops rabies, it shall be disposed of in such manner as the Board of Health shall direct.
[Amended 9-21-1988 by Ord. No. 1080; 6-16-1999 by Ord. No. 1155]
Any person violating any provision of this article shall, upon conviction before a Magisterial District Judge, be subject to a fine of not more than $600, plus costs of prosecution, and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 30 days.