City of Northfield, NJ
Atlantic County
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[Adopted 1-21-1986 by Ord. No. 1-86 (Ch. 65, Art. IV, of the 1974 Code)]
The following regulation shall apply within the City of Northfield:
A. 
No dog, cat or any animal shall be sheltered or kept that is not domesticated and permitted by the State of New Jersey.
B. 
The facilities where cats or dogs are kept, sheltered or allowed to be maintained shall be kept clean and sanitary and in a condition so as not to create a health hazard or disturbance by reason of noise, odor or other cause.
C. 
No person who shall own, keep, harbor or maintain any cat, dog or other domesticated animal permitted by the State of New Jersey shall permit or suffer it to do any damage to any person, fowl or other domestic animal, or permit or suffer it to do any damage to the soil, nor defile any lawn, shrubbery, garden flowers, grounds or property other than that of the person owning, keeping, harboring or maintaining such cat, dog or other domesticated animal permitted by the State of New Jersey.
D. 
Chaining or tethering of dogs.
[Added 5-12-2015 by Ord. No. 13-2015]
(1) 
Dogs must be able to move freely when chained or tethered and shall be so confined for a period no greater than nine hours within a twenty-four-hour period. The size of the tether or chain must be a minimum of 15 linear feet and shall remain tangle-free. Dogs must be equipped with properly fitted harness or buckle-type collars. The tether or chain shall be constructed of lightweight cable not weighing more than 1/16 of the animal's weight. A doghouse shall be accessible to dogs that are chained or tethered. Tethered animals shall have access to potable water, food, shelter and dry ground at all times.
(2) 
No animal shall remain outdoors, tethered, untethered or penned during a period of extreme weather, including but not limited to extreme heat (above 90°), extreme cold (below 32°), thunderstorms, tornadoes, tropical storms, or hurricanes.
(3) 
In no instance shall an animal remain outdoors, tethered, untethered or penned, under the age of six months old, or while sick, injured or in distress.
[Amended 9-1-1992 by Ord. No. 14-92; 4-24-2012 by Ord. No. 3-2012]
Every person, whether he or she is the owner or custodian of the dog or cat, shall, when the dog or cat is on the public streets or sidewalks, or a pedestrian bike path, curb said dog or cat so as not to injure or damage any garden, flower garden, land, plant, tree, shrubbery, grass, grounds or other property of any person and under no circumstance shall allow any dog or cat to defecate or urinate upon any lawn, shrubbery, sidewalk, common thoroughfare, passageway, bypath, play area, park or any other place where people congregate or walk or upon any public property whatsoever or upon any private property without the express permission of the owner of said property.
[Amended 4-24-2012 by Ord. No. 3-2012]
Any person owning, keeping, harboring, maintaining or in charge of any dog or cat which soils, defiles, defecates on or commits any nuisance on any common thoroughfare, sidewalk, passageway, bypath, play area or any place where people congregate or walk or upon any public property whatsoever or upon any private property without the express permission of the owner of said property shall immediately remove all feces deposited by such dog or cat by the use of any sanitary method and shall dispose of such feces in a sanitary manner.
[Amended 3-2-1993 by Ord. No. 13-93; 4-24-2012 by Ord. No. 3-2012]
The penalty for violation of any provision of this article shall be as set forth in Chapter 1, General Provisions, § 1-15.