City of Northfield, NJ
Atlantic County
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[Adopted 4-22-1980 by Ord. No. 5-80 (Ch. 65, Art. I, of the 1974 Code)]
[Amended 9-1-1992 by Ord. No. 14-92]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
CAT
Any cat, male or female, spayed or neutered.
CAT OF LICENSING AGE
Any cat which has attained the age of seven months or which possesses a set of permanent teeth.
DOG
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.
OWNER
When applied to the proprietorship of a dog and/or cat, shall include every person having a right of property in such dog and/or cat and every person who has such dog and/or cat in his keeping.
POUND
An establishment for the confinement of dogs and/or cats seized either under the provisions of this article or otherwise.
SHELTER
Any establishment where dogs and/or cats are received, housed and distributed.
TETHER
To restrain an animal by tying it to any stationary object or structure, including but not limited to a house, tree, fence, post, garage or shed, by any means, including but not limited to a chain, rope, cord, leash or pulley/running line, but shall not include the use of a leash when walking an animal.
[Added 5-12-2015 by Ord. No. 13-2015]
[Amended 9-1-1992 by Ord. No. 14-92]
Any person who shall own, keep or harbor a dog and/or cat of licensing age within the City of Northfield shall annually, in the month of January, apply for and procure a license and official registration tag for each such dog and/or cat so owned, kept or harbored and shall place upon each such dog and/or cat a collar or harness with the registration tag securely fastened thereto. All such licenses, registration tags and renewals thereof shall expire on January 31 of each year.
A. 
The owner of any newly acquired dog of licensing age or of any dog which attains licensing age shall make application for a license and registration tag for such dog within 10 days after such acquisition or age attainment.
B. 
All existing licenses, registration tags and renewals thereof expire on January 31 in each year, and the owner of any dog of licensing age, other than as is provided for in Subsection A of this section, shall make application for and secure a license, registration tag or renewal during the month of January of each year.
C. 
Any dog of licensing age found within the municipality on or after February 1 of each year without license and registration tags shall be deemed to be in violation of this article.
D. 
Only one license and registration tag shall be required in any licensing year for any dog owned in New Jersey, and such license and tag shall be accepted by all municipalities as evidence of compliance with this section.
E. 
Dogs brought into state.
(1) 
Any person who shall bring or cause to be brought into this state any dog licensed in another state for the current year and bearing a registration tag and who shall keep the same or permit the same to be kept within the state for a period of more than 90 days shall immediately apply for a license and registration tag for each such dog.
(2) 
Any person who shall bring or cause to be brought into this state any unlicensed dog and who shall keep the same or permit the same to be kept within the state for a period of more than 10 days shall comply with the provisions of Subsection A of this section of this article.
Applications shall be filed with the municipality which shall contain the information required by the state of New Jersey as provided for in N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.5.
Licensing and license fees for kennels, pet shops, shelters or pounds shall be as provided by N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.8, 4:19-15.9 and 4:19-15.10.
[Amended 9-1-1992 by Ord. No. 14-92; 9-7-1999 by Ord. No. 13-99; 4-20-2004 by Ord. No. 6-2004]
A. 
Annual fee. The annual fee for a dog and/or cat license and each annual renewal thereof shall be in the sum of $6.50 and also the sum of $0.50 for the registration tag for each dog and/or cat and for each annual renewal. In addition to the annual fee, there shall be a fee of $3 for any dog which has not had its reproductive capacity permanently altered through sterilization. This additional fee of $3 is required by N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.3b.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: The fee required by N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.3b only applies to dogs.
B. 
Late fee. In addition to the annual fee for a dog and/or cat license and each annual renewal thereof, the owner of a dog and/or cat shall pay the additional sum of $5 on and after April 1, as a late fee, for each owned dog and/or cat if the application for and procurement of a license and registration are not completed in the calendar year January 1 through March 31 as required by the Code of the City of Northfield.
[Amended 9-1-1992 by Ord. No. 14-92]
A. 
No person owning, leasing, keeping, harboring or having custody of any dog and/or cat shall suffer or permit said dog and/or cat to run at large in the City of Northfield at any time, subject to the provisions and conditions of N.J.S.A. 23:4-25 of the Fish and Game Law of the State of New Jersey.
B. 
Public nuisances.
(1) 
It shall be unlawful to own, harbor, keep or maintain a dog and/or a cat within the City unless the owner thereof or the person or persons harboring or maintaining the same shall exercise sufficient and proper control and care over such animal at all times so as to prevent the animal from becoming a public nuisance or otherwise violating this chapter.
(2) 
Within the meaning of this section, a dog and/or cat shall be considered a public nuisance if it has no known owner or custodian or if it has no known place of care or shelter, or if it trespasses upon or damages either public or private property, or annoys, bites, scratches or continually cries, barks or emits other sounds disturbing to a person of reasonable and ordinary sensitivity.
(3) 
It shall also be a public nuisance for the owner of any dog and/or cat to allow the habitual or continual emission of obnoxious or unpleasant odors on other than the property of the owner or custodian of such animal, provided that such odors would be offensive to a person of reasonable and ordinary sensitivity. This shall be deemed to include odors emitting from any dwelling, structure or area housing such animals.
[Amended 9-1-1992 by Ord. No. 14-92]
A. 
No license and official metal registration tag for any dog and/or cat shall be granted unless and until the owner thereof provides evidence that the dog and/or cat to be licensed and registered has been inoculated with a rabies vaccine of a type approved by and administered in accordance with the recommendations of the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Department of Health and Human Services or has been certified exempt as provided by regulations of the State Department of Health and Senior Services. Such vaccination shall be repeated at intervals provided by regulations of the State Department of Health and Senior Services, shall be administered by a duly licensed veterinarian or by such other veterinarian permitted by law to do the same.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
B. 
No registration shall be issued to any dog and/or cat whose owner or custodian fails to produce proof of the rabies vaccination; except that any dog and/or cat may be exempted from the requirement of such rabies vaccination for a period of time specified in a veterinarian's certificate stating that the inoculation of such dog and/or cat shall be deemed inadvisable at that time because of infirmity, other physical conditions, or program of therapy. Upon determination of said period of time, the owner or custodian of the dog and/or cat shall return to the Municipal Clerk and show written proof that the dog and/or cat has a current and effective rabies vaccination, and the failure to do so shall constitute a violation of this chapter.
[Amended 9-1-1992 by Ord. No. 14-92]
A. 
Any person appointed for the purpose by the governing body of the municipality 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:
(1) 
Any dog and/or cat off the premises of the owner or of the person keeping or harboring said dog and/or cat which said official or his agent or agents have reason to believe is a stray dog and/or cat.
(2) 
Any dog and/or cat off the premises of the owner or of the person keeping or harboring said dog and/or cat without a current registration tag on its collar.
(3) 
Any female dog and/or cat in season off the premises of the owner or of the person keeping or harboring said dog and/or cat.
B. 
If any dog and/or cat so seized wears a collar or harness having inscribed thereon or attached the name and address of any person or registration tag, or the owner or the person keeping or harboring said dog and/or cat is known, any person authorized by the governing body 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 and/or cat, if known, a notice in writing stating that the dog and/or cat has been seized and will be liable to be disposed of or destroyed if not claimed within seven days after service of the notice.
C. 
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.
D. 
When any dog and/or cat 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 and/or cat has not claimed said dog and/or cat and paid all expenses incurred by reason of its detention, including maintenance not exceeding $4 per day, and if the dog and/or cat is unlicensed at the time of the seizure and the owner or person keeping or harboring said dog and/or cat has not produced a license and registration tag for said dog and/or cat, any person authorized by the governing body may cause the dog and/or cat to be destroyed in a manner causing as little pain as possible and consistent with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 4:22-19 and as provided for by N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.16.
E. 
No dog and/or cat or other animal so caught and detained or procured, obtained, sent or brought to a pound or shelter shall be sold or otherwise made available for purposes of experimentation. Any person who sells or otherwise makes available any such dog and/or cat or other animal for the purpose of experimentation shall be guilty of a disorderly persons offense.
[Amended 9-1-1992 by Ord. No. 14-92]
Any officer or agent authorized or empowered to perform any duty under this article, inclusive of any officer or agent of an interlocal body, is hereby authorized to go upon any premises to seize for impounding any dog and/or cat or dogs and/or cats which he may lawfully seize and impound when such officer is in immediate pursuit of such dog and/or cat or dogs and/or cats, except upon the premises of the owner of the dog and/or cat 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 article.
[Amended 9-1-1992 by Ord. No. 14-92; 3-2-1993 by Ord. No. 13-93[1]]
Except as provided in N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.19, violations of this article shall be subject to a penalty as set forth in Chapter 1, General Provisions, § 1-15.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
Penalty for refusal to pay judgment and confinement in jail shall be as provided by state statute N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.23, adopted and incorporated herein by reference.
All other provisions of N.J.S.A. 4:19-1 through 4:19-9 and N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.1 through 4:19-15.23 are hereby adopted by the City of Northfield as part of this article.