Township of Medford, NJ
Burlington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Medford 12-19-1989 by Ord. No. 1989-32.[1] Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Noise — See Ch. 102.
Nuisances — See Ch. 105.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former Ch. 66, Dogs, adopted 8-15-1983 by Ord. No. 1953-3, as amended.
Except as otherwise provided herein, the provisions of N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.1 et seq. and acts amendatory thereof shall govern and be of the same force and effect as though set forth at length herein.
In supplement and addition to the provisions of the aforesaid statutes and acts amendatory thereof, the following provisions shall also apply within the confines of the Township of Medford.
[Amended 11-23-1999 by Ord. No.1999-39; 5-13-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-10]
The annual fee for all dogs registered in the municipality, as allowed for in N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.1 et seq., are as set forth in Chapter 71, Fees and Licenses, of this Code.
A. 
In addition to the five classes of dogs mentioned in N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.6, the Chief of Police or other person appointed for the purpose of the Township Council shall take into custody and impound or cause to be taken into custody and impounded and thereafter destroyed or disposed of, as provided in the statutes, any dog, registered or unregistered, running at large off the premises of the owner or of the person keeping or, harboring said dog, except where such dog is within the immediate control of the owner thereof or some other person having the custody thereof or except where such dog is being used for the purpose of hunting legal game within the seasons, as provided by statute, or where such dog is being trained for the hunting of rabbits, fox, raccoons and other legal game or where such dog is actively participating in field trials or dog shows.LeftCorner="§ 66-5"RightCorner="§ 66-8"
B. 
Duke's Dog Run at Freedom Park.
[Added 5-13-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-10]
(1) 
Notwithstanding the provisions of this section of this chapter, licensed dogs are permitted to run at large within the dog run off-leash area of Freedom Park, hereinafter known as "Duke's Dog Run at Freedom Park," located in the Township of Medford.
(2) 
A person having possession, custody, control and/or ownership of such dog shall at all times be present in the immediate area of dog run off-leash area when such dog is running at large in Duke's Dog Run at Freedom Park.
(3) 
The Township Manager subject to the approval of Council, is hereby authorized to promulgate rules and regulations for the conduct of dogs and dog owners at Duke's Dog Run at Freedom Park. The rules and regulations may be amended from time to time, as necessary, upon approval by Council on motion. Said rules and regulations shall be posted and kept on file with the Director of Recreation.
(4) 
With the exception of the waiver of the leash requirement, persons using the Dog Run Park shall be responsible for compliance with all ordinances of the Township of Medford, must maintain control of their dog(s) at all times and shall be responsible for any damages or injury to any person and/or property caused by the dog. Owners of dogs of an aggressive nature are asked to refrain from using the facilities at Duke's Dog Run at Freedom Park.
Any dog found to be off the premises of the owner or of the persons keeping or harboring said dog at any time shall be considered to be prima facie running at large and subject to the penalties and disposition herein provided by statute. A second or subsequent offense, within a three-year period, under this section shall subject the violator to a fine of not less than $25 nor more than $200.
Any owner or person keeping or harboring any dog, whether licensed or unlicensed, who shall habitually permit or allow such dog to be a nuisance or any annoyance to any other person or persons or to any other domestic animals shall be subject to a fine of not less than $25 nor more than $100. A person violating this chapter for a second or subsequent time, within a three-year period, shall be subject to a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $250. In addition, for a first or any subsequent offense, an offending person may be required by the court to provide restitution for the damage done by the dog, if any, upon the presentation of evidence showing damage.
Any person who shall entice, either by bait, threats, assault or other means, any dog into an act or acts in violation of any of the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to a fine of not less than $5 nor more than $100. A second or subsequent offense, within a three-year period, under this section, shall subject the violator to a fine of not less than $25 nor more than $200.
[Added 6-17-1997 by Ord. No. 1997-14
Any person owning, keeping or harboring any dog who shall permit or suffer it to do any injury to any lawn, shrubbery, flowers, gardens, grounds or other property shall be subject to a fire of not less than $25 not more than $100. A person violating this chapter for a second or subsequent time within a three-year period under this section shall be subject to a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $250. In addition, for a first or any subsequent offense, an offending person may be required by the court to provide restitution for the damage done by the dog, if any, upon the presentation of evidence showing damage to the property.
[Added 6-17-1997 by Ord. No. 1997-14]
A. 
Any person owning, keeping or harboring any dog in the township shall prevent the dog from running at large upon any public street, public park, public building or in any other public place within the township at any time, unless the dog is accompanied by a person and is securely confined by an adequate leash. This leash requirement shall apply in all such areas of the Township except as set forth in § 66-4B above. Any person in violation of this chapter shall be subject to a warning for the first violation. A person violating this chapter for a second time under this section shall be subject to a fine of not less than $25 nor more than $100. A person violating this chapter for a third time within a three-year period under this section shall be subject to a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $250 and shall be banned, along with the subject animal, from Duke's Dog Run at Freedom Park. Notwithstanding the foregoing, violation incidents will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. The Township reserves the right to require that any dog or dog owner violating these rules and regulations must leave the Park temporarily or, if warranted, permanently. In addition, for a first or any subsequent offense, an offending person may be required by the court to provide restitution for damage done by the dog, based on a violation of the leash requirement, upon presentation of evidence showing damage to property. Violations of this chapter occurring in Duke's Dog Run at Freedom Park may be enforced by the Medford Township Recreation Department and Public Works Department staff, in addition to the Medford Township Police Department.
[Amended 5-13-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-10]
B. 
Any person owning, harboring, keeping or in charge of any dog who shall cause, suffer or allow such dog to soil, defile or defecate on any common thoroughfare, sidewalk, passageway, bypath, play area, park or any place where people congregate or walk or upon any public property whatsoever or upon any private property without the permission of the owner of said property, or within 50 feet of a stream, creek, pond, lake or other body of water, shall be subject to a fine of not less than $25 nor more than $100. A person violating this chapter for a second or subsequent time within a three year period under this section shall be subject to a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $250. In addition, for a first or any subsequent offense, an offending person may be required by the court to provide restitution for the damage done by the dog, if any, upon the presentation of evidence showing damage to the property.
C. 
The restriction in this subsection shall not apply to that portion of the street lying between the curblines, which shall be used to curb such dog under the following conditions:
(1) 
The person who so curbs such dog shall immediately remove all feces deposited by such dog in a sanitary manner.
(2) 
The feces removed from the aforementioned designated area shall be disposed of by the person owning, harboring, keeping or in charge of any dog curbed in accordance with the provisions of this chapter in a sanitary manner by shovel, container, disposal bag or such other sanitary means.
[Added10-4-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-27[1]]
A. 
For the purposes of this section, the provisions of N.J.S.A. 4:19-17 et seq. shall apply.
B. 
As required by N.J.S.A. 4:19-31 there shall be an annual fee of $700 for a license for a dog classified as vicious and/or potentially dangerous.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also provided for the renumbering of former § 66-10, Violations and penalties generally, as § 66-11.
[Amended5-13-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-10]
Except as otherwise provided herein, penalties for the violation of N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.1 et seq. or this chapter shall be provided in N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.19.