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[Adopted 6-19-1975 by Ord. No. 297-75 as Chapter VI of the Revised General Ordinances of the City of Passaic, 1975]
The following words and terms shall have the meanings herein indicated for the purposes of this article:
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.
EMERGENCY IMPOUNDMENT
Impoundment of an animal due to an emergency, for example, fire destroying an owner's home or displacement of owner, etc.
[Added 6-8-2006 by Ord. No. 1692-06]
KEEPER
Any person exercising control over a dog or permitting a dog to remain on premises under his control.
KENNEL
Any establishment wherein or whereon the business of boarding or selling dogs or breeding dogs for sale is carried on, except a pet shop.
OWNER
When applied to the proprietorship of a dog, includes every person having right of property in such dog and every person who has such dog in his keeping.
PET SHOP
Any place of business which is not part of a kennel, wherein animals, including, but not limited to, dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, rabbits, hamsters or gerbils, are kept or displayed chiefly for the purpose of sale to individuals for personal appreciation and companionship rather than for business or research purposes.
[Amended 8-9-2004 by Ord. No. 1634-04]
POUND
An establishment for the confinement of dogs seized either under the provisions of this article or otherwise.
SHELTER
Any establishment where dogs are received, housed and distributed without charge.
VICIOUS DOG
Any dog which has been declared by a Municipal Judge to be a vicious dog which has attacked or bitten any human being or which habitually attacks other dogs or domestic animals.
A. 
License, when required. Licenses shall be required for the following dogs of licensing age:
(1) 
Any dog owned or kept within the City by a resident of the City on the first day of January of any calendar year.
(2) 
Any dog acquired by any person during the course of any calendar year and kept within the City for more than 10 days after acquisition.
(3) 
Any dog attaining licensing age during the course of the calendar year.
(4) 
Any unlicensed dog brought into the City by any person and kept within the City for more than 10 days.
(5) 
Any dog licensed by another state, brought into the City by any person and kept within the City for more than 90 days.
B. 
Application for license.
(1) 
Each application for a license under this article shall give the following information:
(a) 
A general description of the dog sought to be licensed, including breed, sex, age, color and markings, and whether such dog is of a long- or short-haired variety.
(b) 
Name, street and post office address of the owner of and the person who shall keep or harbor such dog.
(2) 
Registration numbers shall be issued in the order in which applications are received.
(3) 
No license or registration tag shall be granted unless the owner of the dog provides evidence that the dog 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, Education and Welfare or has been certified exempt as provided by regulations of the State Department of Health.
[Added 7-11-1995 by Ord. No. 865-85]
C. 
Application for license, when made. Applications for licenses for dogs which are required to be licensed by the provisions of Subsection A(1) shall be made before the first day of February of each calendar year. In all other cases, the application for a license shall be made within 10 days of the day upon which the dog in question first becomes subject to the provisions of this article.
D. 
License record. The information on all applications under this article and the registration number issued to each licensed dog shall be preserved for a period of three years by the City Clerk. In addition, he shall forward similar information to the State Department of Health each month on forms furnished by the Department.
E. 
Fees.
[Amended 7-11-1995 by Ord. No. 865-85; 1-4-1996 by Ord. No. 1356-95; 9-25-2007 by Ord. No. 1740-07]
(1) 
The person applying for a license for a dog which is not spayed or neutered shall pay a fee of $18.20 for each dog.
(2) 
The person applying for a license for a spayed or neutered dog shall pay a fee of $15.20 for each dog.
F. 
Registration tag. Upon payment of the license and registration tag fees described in § 117-2E, the Clerk shall issue a registration tag which shall be serially numbered and shall bear the year of its issuance and the words "Passaic, New Jersey."
G. 
Expiration date. Each dog license and registration tag shall expire on June 30 of the calendar year following the calendar year in which it was issued.
[Amended 7-11-1985 by Ord. No. 865-85]
H. 
The provisions of this section shall not apply to any dog licensed under § 117-3 of this article. Dogs used as guides for blind persons and commonly known as "Seeing Eye" dogs shall be licensed in the same manner as other dogs, except that the owner or keeper shall not be required to pay any fee. Dogs used as guides for deaf persons and commonly known as "hearing ear" dogs shall be licensed in the same manner as other dogs, except that the owner or keeper shall not be required to pay any fee.
[Amended 7-11-1985 by Ord. No. 865-85]
I. 
Late fee. For any application received by the City Clerk more than 60 days after the date due, a late fee of $14 shall be charged.
[Added 1-4-1996 by Ord. No. 1356-95; amended 9-25-2007 by Ord. No. 1740-07]
A. 
License required. Any person who keeps or operates or proposes to establish a kennel, pet shop, shelter or pound shall apply to the City Clerk for a license entitling him to keep or operate such establishment. 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.
B. 
Application information. The application shall contain the following information:
(1) 
The name and permanent and local address of the applicant.
(2) 
The street address where the establishment is located or proposed to be located, together with a general description of the premises.
(3) 
The purposes for which it is to be maintained.
(4) 
The maximum number of dogs to be accommodated by such establishment at any one time.
C. 
Approval of Health Officer. No license shall be issued until the proposed licensee submits a written statement from the Health Officer of the Health Department that the establishment or proposed establishment complies with local and state rules governing the location of and sanitation at such establishment.
D. 
License term. All licenses issued for a kennel, pet shop, shelter or pound shall state the purpose for which the establishment is maintained and all such licenses shall expire on June 30 of each year.
[Amended 7-11-1985 by Ord. No. 865-85]
E. 
License fees. The annual license fees for kennel and pet shop licenses shall be as follows:
[Amended 10-20-1994 by Ord. No. 1308-94; 1-4-1996 by Ord. No. 1356-95]
(1) 
Kennel accommodating 10 or fewer dogs: $25.
(2) 
Kennel accommodating more than 10 dogs: $50.
(3) 
Pet shops: $25.
(4) 
Shelter or pound: no fee.
F. 
Compliance with state regulations.
(1) 
All licenses issued for a kennel, pet shop, shelter or pound shall be subject to revocation by the Council on recommendation of the State Department of Health or the Health Department for failure to comply with the rules and regulations of the State Department of Health or the Health Department, after the owner has been afforded a hearing by either the State Department of Health or the Health Department of the City of Passaic.
(2) 
Any person holding a license to establish, keep or operate a kennel, pet shop, shelter or pound shall comply with all City ordinances and the rules and regulations promulgated by the State Department of Health governing the sanitary conduct and operation of kennels, pet shops, shelters and pounds, the preservation of sanitation therein and the prevention of the spread of rabies and other diseases of dogs within and from such establishments.
G. 
Reports to State Health Department. The Director of Health and Welfare shall forward to the State Department of Health a list of all kennels, pet shops, shelters and pounds licensed within 30 days after the licenses therefor are issued, which list shall include the name and address of the licensee and the kind of license issued.
A. 
License fees and other moneys collected or received under the provisions of this article, except registration tag fees, shall be forwarded to the City Treasurer within 30 days after collection or receipt and shall be placed in a special account separate from any of the other accounts of the City and shall be used for the following purposes only: collecting, keeping and disposing of dogs liable to seizure under this article; local prevention and control of rabies; providing antirabies treatment under the direction of the Health Department for any person known or suspected to have been exposed to rabies; all other purposes prescribed by the statutes of New Jersey governing the subject; and for administering the provisions of this article. 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 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 City any amount then in such account which is in excess of the total amount paid into the special account during the last two fiscal years next preceding.
B. 
The registration tag fee of $1 for each dog shall be forwarded within 30 days after collection by the Clerk to the State Department of Health.
[Amended 7-11-1985 by Ord. No. 865-85]
[Amended 5-3-1984 by Ord. No. 784-84]
The Director of Human Resources shall annually cause a canvass to be made of all dogs owned, kept or harbored within the limit of the City and shall report to the Clerk, the Health Department and to the State Department of Health the results thereof, setting forth in separate columns the names and addresses of persons owning, keeping or harboring dogs, the number of licensed dogs owned, kept or harbored by each person, together with the registration number of each dog, the number of unlicensed dogs owned, kept or harbored by each person, together with a complete description of each unlicensed dog.
[Amended 10-5-2000 by Ord. No. 1497-00]
A. 
Definitions. As used in this section, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER
A certified municipal animal control officer or, in the absence of such officer, the chief law enforcement officer of Passaic or his designee.
DEPARTMENT
The Department of Health.
DOG
Any dog or dog hybrid.
DOMESTIC ANIMAL
Any cat, dog or livestock other than poultry.
FACILITIES
Whenever animals are kept outdoors in animal shelters, pounds, kennels and pet shops, they must be provided with shelter from the elements at all times.
POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS DOG
Any dog or dog hybrid declared intentionally dangerous by the Municipal Court pursuant to N.J.S.A 4:19-23.
VICIOUS DOG
Any dog or dog hybrid declared vicious by the Municipal Court pursuant to N.J.S.A. 4:19-22.
B. 
Seizure and impoundment of dog by animal control officer; grounds.
(1) 
An animal control ofticer shall seize and impound a dog when the officer has reasonable cause to believe that the dog:
(a) 
Attacked a person and caused death or serious bodily injury as defined in N.J.S.A. 2C:11-1b to that person;
(b) 
Caused bodily injury as defined in N.J.S.A. 2C11-1a to a person during an unprovoked attack and poses a serious threat of harm to persons or domestic animals;
(c) 
Engaged in dog fighting activities as described in N.J.S.A. 4:22-24 and N.J.S.A. 4:22-26; or
(d) 
Has been trained, tormented, badgered, baited or encouraged to engage in unprovoked attacks upon persons or domestic animals.
(2) 
The dog shall be impounded until the final disposition as to whether the dog is vicious or potentially dangerous. Subject to the approval of the Municipal Health Officer, the dog may be impounded in a facility or other structure agreeable to the owner.
C. 
Notice of seizure and impoundment; identity of owner; notice of hearing.
(1) 
The animal control officer shall notify the Municipal Court and the Municipal Health Officer immediately that he has seized and impounded a dog pursuant to Section 3 of P.L. 1989, c. 307 (N.J.S.A. 4:19-19), or that he has reasonable cause to believe that a dog has killed another domestic animal and that a hearing is required. The animal control officer shall, through a reasonable effort, attempt to determine the identity of the owner of any dog seized and impounded pursuant to Section 3 of P.L. 1989, c. 307. If its owner cannot be identified within seven days, that dog may be humanely destroyed.
(2) 
The animal control officer shall, within three working days of the determination of the identity of the owner of a dog seized and impounded pursuant to Section 3 of P.L. 1989, c. 307 (N.J.S.A. 4:19.19), notify, by certified mail, return receipt requested, the owner concerning the seizure and impoundment, and that, if the owner wishes, a hearing will be held to determine whether the impounded dog is vicious or potentially dangerous. This notice shall also require that the owner return within seven days, by certified mail or hand delivery, a signed statement indicating whether he wishes the hearing to be conducted or, if not, to relinquish ownership of the dog, in which case the dog may humanely destroyed. If the owner cannot be notified by certified mail, return receipt requested, or refuses to sign for the certified letter, or does not reply to the certified letter with a signed statement within seven days of receipt, the dog may be humanely destroyed.
D. 
Agreement between municipality and dog owner; settlement and disposition; liability of City. Notwithstanding any provision in P.L. 1989, c. 307 (N.J.S.A. 4:19-17 et seq.) to the contrary, the municipality and the owner of the dog may settle and dispose of the matter at any time in such manner and according to such terms and conditions as may be mutually agreed upon. Notwithstanding any provision of P.L. 1989, c. 307 to the contrary, no municipality or any of its employees shall have any liability by virtue of having entered into any settlement agreement pursuant to this subsection, or for any action or inaction related to the entry into of such agreement for any injuries or damages caused thereafter by the dog. The municipality may, as a condition of the settlement agreement, also require that the owner of the dog hold the municipality harmless for any legal expenses or fees the municipality may incur in defending against any cause of action brought against the municipality notwithstanding the prohibition against such causes of action set forth in this subsection.
E. 
Finding of vicious dog grounds.
(1) 
The Municipal Court shall declare the dog vicious if it finds by clear and convincing evidence that the dog:
(a) 
Killed a person or caused serious bodily injury as defined in N.J.S.A. 2C:11-1b to a person; or
(b) 
Has engaged in dog fighting activities as described in N.J.S.A. 4:22-24 and N.J.S.A. 4:22-26.
(2) 
A dog shall not be declared vicious for inflicting death or serious bodily injury as defined in N.J.S.A. 2C:11-1b upon a person if the dog was provoked. The municipality shall bear the burden of proof to demonstrate that the dog was not provoked.
(3) 
If the Municipal Court declares a dog to be vicious, and no appeal is made of this ruling pursuant to Section 9 of P.L. 1989, c. 307 (N.J.S.A. 4:19-25), the dog shall be destroyed in a humane and expeditious manner, except that no dog may be destroyed during the pendency of an appeal.
F. 
Finding and declaration of potentially dangerous dog.
(1) 
The Municipal Court shall declare a dog to be potentially dangerous if it finds, by clear and convincing evidence, that the dog:
(a) 
Caused bodily injury, as defined in N.J.S.A. 2C:11-1a, to a person during an unprovoked attack and poses a serious threat of bodily injury or death to a person; or
(b) 
Killed another domestic animal and
[1] 
Poses a threat of serious bodily injury or death to a person; or
[2] 
Poses a threat of death to another domestic animal; or
(c) 
Has been trained, tormented, badgered, baited or encouraged to engage in unprovoked attacks upon persons or domestic animals.
(2) 
A dog shall not be declared potentially dangerous for:
(a) 
Causing bodily injury, as defined in N.J.S.A. 2C:11-1a to a person if the dog was provoked; or
(b) 
Killing a domestic animal if the domestic animal was the aggressor. For the purposes of Subsection F(2)(a) of this subsection, the municipality shall bear the burden of proof to demonstrate that the dog was not provoked.
G. 
Order and schedule for compliance for potentially dangerous dog. If the Municipal Court declares the dog to be potentially dangerous, it shall issue an order and a schedule for compliance which, in part:
(1) 
Shall require the owner to comply with the following conditions:
(a) 
To apply, at his own expense, to the Municipal Clerk or other official designated to license dogs pursuant to Section 2 of P.L. 1941 c.151 (N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.2) for a special municipal potentially dangerous dog license, municipal registration number and red identification tag issued pursuant to this act. The owner shall, at his own expense, have a microchip implanted in the dog which will serve as identification and to register the dog. A potentially dangerous dog shall be impounded until the owner obtains a municipal potentially dangerous dog license, municipal registration number and red identification tag.
[Amended 8-11-2003 by Ord. No. 1584-03]
(b) 
To display, in a conspicuous manner, a sign on his premises warning that a potentially dangerous dog is on the premises. The sign shall be visible and legible from 50 feet of the enclosure required pursuant to Subsection G(1)(c) of this subsection.
(c) 
To immediately erect and maintain an enclosure for the potentially dangerous dog on the property where the potentially dangerous dog will be kept and maintained, which has sound sides, top and bottom to prevent the potentially dangerous dog from escaping by climbing, jumping or digging and within a fence of at least six feet in height separated by at least three feet from the confined area. The owner of a potentially dangerous dog shall securely lock the enclosure to prevent the entry of the general public and to preclude any release or escape of a potentially dangerous dog by an unknowing child or other person. All potentially dangerous dogs shall be confined in the enclosure or, if taken out of the enclosure, securely muzzled and restrained with a tether approved by the animal control office and having a minimum tensile strength sufficiently in excess of that required to restrict the potentially dangerous dog's movements to a radius of no more than three feet from the owner and under the direct supervision of the owner.
(d) 
May require the owner to maintain liability insurance in an amount determined by the Municipal Court to cover any damage or injury caused by the potentially dangerous dog. The liability insurance, which may be separate from any other homeowner policy, shall contain a provision requiring the municipality in which the owner resides to be named as an additional insured for the sole purpose of being notified by the insurance company of any cancellation, termination or expiration of the liability insurance policy.
H. 
Procedures for appeal. The owner of the dog, or the animal control officer in the municipality in which the dog was impounded, may appeal any final decision, order or judgment, including any conditions attached thereto, of a Municipal Court pursuant to P.L. 1989, c. 307 (N.J.S.A. 4:19-17 et seq.), by filing an appeal with the Superior Court, Law Division, in accordance with the Rules Governing the Courts of the State of New Jersey pertaining to appeals from courts of limited jurisdiction. The Superior Court shall hear the appeal by conducting a hearing de novo in the manner established by those rules for appeals from courts of limited jurisdiction.
I. 
Liability of owner for cost of impoundment and destruction.
(1) 
If a dog is declared vicious or potentially dangerous, and all appeals pertaining thereto have been exhausted, the owner of the dog shall be liable to the municipality in which the dog is impounded for the costs and expenses of impounding and destroying the dog. The municipality may establish, by ordinance, a schedule of these costs and expenses. The owner shall incur the expense of impounding the dog in a facility other than the municipal pound, regardless of whether the dog is ultimately found to be vicious or potentially dangerous.
(2) 
If the dog has bitten or exposed a person within 10 days previous to the time of euthanasia, its head shall be transported to the New Jersey State Department of Health laboratory for rabies testing.
J. 
Right to convene hearing for subsequent action of dog. If the Municipal Court finds that the dog is not vicious or potentially dangerous, the Municipal Court shall retain the right to convene a hearing to determine whether the dog is vicious or potentially dangerous for any subsequent actions of the dog.
K. 
Duties of owner of potentially dangerous dogs. The owner of a potentially dangerous dog shall:
(1) 
Comply with the provisions of P.L. 1989, c. 307 (N.J.S.A. 4:19-17 et seq.), in accordance with a schedule established by the Municipal Court, but in no case more than 60 days subsequent to the date of determination.
(2) 
Notify the licensing authority, local Police Department and the animal control officer if a potentially dangerous dog is at large or has attacked a human being or killed a domestic animal.
(3) 
Notify the licensing authority, local Police Department and the animal control officer within 24 hours of the death, sale or donation of a potentially dangerous dog.
(4) 
Prior to selling or donating the dog, inform the prospective owner that the dog has been declared potentially dangerous.
(5) 
Upon the sale or donating of the dog to a person residing in a different municipality, notify the department and the licensing authority, Police Department and animal control officer of that municipality of the transfer of ownership and the name, address and telephone of the new owner.
(6) 
In addition to any license fee required pursuant to Section 3 of P.L. 1941, c. 151 (N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.3), pay a potentially dangerous dog license fee to the municipality as provided by Section 15 of P.L. 1989, c. 307 (N.J.S.A. 4:19-31).
L. 
The owner of a potentially dangerous dog who is found by clear and convincing evidence to have violated this act, or any rule or regulation adopted pursuant thereto, or to have failed to comply with a court's order shall be subject to a fine of not more than $1,000 per day of the violation, and each day's continuance of the violation shall constitute a separate and distinct violation. The Municipal Court shall have jurisdiction to enforce this section. An animal control officer is authorized to seize and impound any potentially dangerous dog whose owner fails to comply with the provisions of P.L. 1989, c. 307 (N.J.S.A. 4:19-17 et seq.), or any rule or regulation adopted pursuant thereto or a court's order. The Municipal Court may order that the dog so seized and impounded be destroyed in an expeditious and humane manner.
M. 
Fees and costs.
(1) 
If a dog is declared vicious or potentially dangerous and all appeals pertaining thereto have been exhausted, the owner shall be liable for the following fees and costs:
(a) 
Impounding the dog in a facility other than the municipal pound: $50 per day.
(b) 
Destruction of dog: $150.
(c) 
Potentially dangerous dog license and each renewal thereof: $150.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 117-7, Permitting dogs to commit nuisances; responsibility of owner, was superseded 2-12-2008 by Ord. No. 1751-08.
It shall be unlawful for any dog, whether licensed or not, to run at large within the City. A dog shall be deemed to be "running at large" when off the premises of its owner or of the person keeping or harboring such dog, which is not on a leash, tether, chain, rope or the like, the overall length of which, including the hand grip, shall not exceed six feet, held by its owner or other person able to control such dog.
A. 
Municipal Pound. The Director of the Department of Human Resources shall be in charge of the Municipal Dog Pound, and the animal control officer shall be the poundkeeper.
[Amended 10-20-1994 by Ord. No. 1308-94]
B. 
Causes for impounding. The animal control officer shall take into custody and impound or cause to be taken into custody and impounded any of the following dogs:
[Amended 10-20-1994 by Ord. No. 1308-94]
(1) 
Any unlicensed dog running at large in violation of the provisions of this article.
(2) 
Any dog off the premises of the owner of or the person keeping or harboring such dog which the animal control officer or his agent has reason to believe is a stray dog.
(3) 
Any dog off the premises of the owner of or the person keeping or harboring such dog without a current registration tag on its collar.
(4) 
Any female dog in season off the premises of the owner of or the person keeping or harboring such dog.
(5) 
Any dog which has been determined to be a vicious dog as provided in § 117-6, provided that such dogs may also be seized by any police officer, and provided further that if such dogs cannot be seized with safety, they may be killed.
C. 
Access to premises. Any officer or agent authorized or empowered to perform any duty under this article is hereby authorized to go upon any premises to seize for impounding any dog which he may lawfully seize and impound when such officer is in immediate pursuit to such dog, except upon the premises of the owner of the dog if the owner is present and forbids same.
D. 
Notice of seizure. If any dog so impounded or seized wears a registration tag, collar or harness having inscribed thereon or attached thereto the name and address of any person or the owner of or the person keeping or harboring the dog is known, the animal control officer shall immediately serve on the person whose address is given on the collar or on the person owning, keeping or harboring the dog 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 service of the notice. A notice under this subsection 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 mail 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.
[Amended 10-20-1994 by Ord. No. 1308-94]
E. 
Disposition of unclaimed dogs. The animal control officer is authorized and empowered to cause the destruction of any unclaimed dog, in as humane a manner as possible, under any of the following contingencies:
[Amended 9-13-1984 by Ord. No. 800-84; 10-20-1994 by Ord. No. 1308-94]
(1) 
When any dog so seized has not been claimed by the person owning, keeping or harboring such dog within seven days after notice or within seven days of the dog's detention, when notice has not been or cannot be given, as set forth in Subsection D.
(2) 
If the person owning, keeping or harboring any dog so seized has not claimed the dog and has not paid all expenses incurred by reasons of its detention.
(3) 
If the seized dog is unlicensed at the time of its seizure and the person owning, keeping or harboring such dog has not produced a license and registration tag as provided in this article.
F. 
Fees for services. The following shall be the schedule of fees for services performed by and at the municipal pound:
[Added 10-20-1994 by Ord. No. 1308-94; amended 6-8-2006 by Ord. No. 1692-06]
(1) 
Release of dog impounded or seized under the provisions of § 117-9(1) through (4), inclusive: $50.
(2) 
Quarantine: $20 per day.
(3) 
Adoption fee: $50 for dogs and puppies; $30 for cats and kittens.
[Amended 9-25-2007 by Ord. No. 1740-07]
(4) 
Release of a cat or other animal except for release of those receiving emergency boarding: $25.
(5) 
Adoption fee for animals other than dogs, puppies, cats and kittens: $10.
(6) 
Boarding fee at the Municipal Pound for dogs that are receiving emergency boarding or are potentially dangerous or vicious dogs: $10 per day, not to exceed a total of $600. This fee is to be charged without regard to a court decision concerning a determination of potentially dangerous or vicious dog.
(7) 
The fee for spaying and neutering of dogs and cats to be adopted from the Passaic Animal Shelter shall be as set forth in the contract between the City of Passaic and the veterinarian as the cost of these services. These costs shall be revised by a resolution adopted by the City Council as needed to reflect the cost to the City to neuter/spay the dogs and cats. The fees for neutering and spaying cats and dogs are currently as follows:
(a) 
Dogs to be spayed or neutered: $125.
(b) 
Female cats to be spayed or neutered: $75.
(c) 
Male cats to be spayed or neutered: $50.
No person shall own, keep or harbor a dog in the City, except in compliance with the provisions of this article and the following regulations:
A. 
Wearing of registration. All dogs which are required by the provisions of this article to be licensed shall wear a collar or harness with the registration tag for such dog securely fastened thereto.
B. 
Use of registration tags. 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.
C. 
Interference with official duties. No person shall hinder, molest or interfere with anyone authorized or empowered to perform any duty under this article.
[Amended 7-11-1985 by Ord. No. 865-85]
Except as otherwise provided in N.J.S.A. 4:19-1 et seq., any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to such penalty as is provided in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article II, General Penalty.
[Added 6-8-2006 by Ord. No. 1692-06]
A. 
A fee for boarding of a dog, cat or other animal which is impounded at the Municipal Pound by virtue of an emergency impoundment shall be $10 per animal per day for boarding fee.
B. 
At no time shall an emergency impoundment provided by the Municipal Pound exceed 30 days.
C. 
An animal's owner shall relinquish full ownership of the animal(s) receiving emergency impoundment at the Municipal Pound if he/she fails to reclaim the animal after the thirty-day period of if he/she fails to pay the required impoundment cost.
D. 
The Municipal Pound is authorized to decide the final disposition of animals not reclaimed after the thirty-day period, including destruction or adoption placement.