Borough of Lansdowne, PA
Delaware County
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[Adopted 5-18-1988 by Ord. No. 1075]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
OWNER
When applied herein to the proprietorship of a dog, includes every person having a right of property in such dog, every person who keeps or harbors such dog or has it in his care, and every person who permits such dog to remain on or about any premises occupied by him.
It shall be unlawful for the owner of any dog to permit it to run at large, to cause annoyance to persons or damage to persons or property, to trespass upon, litter or deface any premises, pavement, public highway or park in the Borough. Failure of any such owner properly to curb and restrain his dog shall subject the owner to penalties provided by this article.
It shall be the duty of every police officer, special officer, animal control officer or agent designated by the Borough to seize and detain any dog causing annoyance or damage by running at large. Such police officer, special officer, animal control officer or agent is hereby authorized to go upon any premises and enter any building to seize and detain any such dog which has entered such premises or building when such police officer, special officer, animal control officer or agent is in immediate pursuit.
The owner or keeper of any dog shall at all times keep such dog either:
A. 
Confined within the premises of the owner in an enclosure from which it cannot escape;
B. 
Firmly secured by means of a collar and chain device so that it cannot stray beyond the premises on which it is secured; or
C. 
When off the owner's premises, on a leash not exceeding six feet in length and in the hands of a competent person fully able to control the dog.
It shall be unlawful for the owner of a dog to allow the dog to bark, howl or make other noise for continuing periods of time to the annoyance and discomfort of other persons in the Borough of Lansdowne.
Every owner or possessor of real property in the Borough of Lansdowne shall prevent or remove any and all accumulations of animal waste, feces or excretions on such property if such accumulations create obnoxious odors outside the property or unhealthy conditions.
A. 
No person having ownership, possession, custody or control of a dog shall allow such dog to defecate upon any gutter, street, driveway, alley, curb, sidewalk or other public property in the Borough or in or on any building or place frequented by the public or used in common by the tenants thereof or upon the grounds of a public park or public area or upon private property other than the property of the owner of the dog.
B. 
A person having possession, custody or control of a dog which defecates in any area other than the private property of the owner of such dog shall immediately remove the feces from such area and either:
(1) 
Carry the same away for deposit in a toilet; or
(2) 
Place the same in a nonleaking container for deposit in a trash or litter receptacle.
[Amended 6-16-1999 by Ord. No. 1155]
Acting under the jurisdiction and control of the Chief of Police of the Borough of Lansdowne, the Borough police officers, animal control officer and any special officers appointed by Borough Council of the Borough of Lansdowne shall enforce and administer this article.
The provisions of this article hereof do not apply to a guide dog accompanying a blind person, a dog used to assist any other physically handicapped person or to an animal used in police or fire activities of the Borough.
[Amended 9-21-1988 by Ord. No. 1080; 9-19-1990 by Ord. No. 1099]
Any person who shall violate any provision of this article shall:
A. 
Upon the first violation, receive a written notice and warning from the Borough Police Officer, animal control officer or other agent designated by the Borough.
B. 
Upon a second violation committed within a period of six months after the violation and upon conviction of such second violation in a proceeding before a Magisterial District Judge, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $50, plus costs of prosecution, and, in default of payment of fine and costs, shall be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than 30 days.
C. 
Upon a third violation committed within a period of six months after the second violation and upon conviction of such third violation in a proceeding before a Magisterial District Judge, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $100, plus costs of prosecution, and, in default of payment of fine and costs, shall be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than 30 days.
D. 
After the third violation, upon any subsequent violation committed within a period of six months after the previous violation and upon conviction of such subsequent violation in a proceeding before a Magisterial District Judge, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $600, plus costs of prosecution, and, in default of payment of fine and costs, shall be sentenced to imprisonment for not more than 30 days.
[Amended 6-16-1999 by Ord. No. 1155]