Township of Penn, PA
Westmoreland County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Penn: Art. I, 6-24-1985 by Ord. No. 439. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Parks and recreation — See Ch. 115.
Zoning — See Ch. 190.
[Adopted 6-24-1985 by Ord. No. 439]
It shall be unlawful for any person to keep any dog or dogs and cat or cats which, by frequent howling, baying, yelping and screeching, shall disturb the peace of the neighborhood or constitute a health hazard to the citizens of the Township of Penn.
A. 
No person shall keep or harbor any dog or cat in the Township so as to create offensive odors, excessive noise or unsanitary conditions which are a menace to the health, comfort or safety of the public or otherwise permit the commission or existence of a nuisance as defined hereinafter.
B. 
Any dog or cat which by frequent and habitual barking, howling, screeching, yelping or baying or in any way or manner injures or disturbs the quiet of any person or the community or which disturbs or endangers the comfort, repose or health of persons is hereby declared to be committing a nuisance. It shall be unlawful for any owner or person having custody of such animal to harbor or permit it to commit such a nuisance.
C. 
Any dog or cat which scratches, digs, defecates or urinates upon any lawn, tree, shrub, plant, building or any other public or private property other than the property of the owner or person in charge or control of such animal is hereby declared to be a nuisance.
D. 
Restraint required; exceptions.
[Amended 2-17-2002 by Ord. No. 769]
(1) 
No person being the owner or having custody and control of any dog or animal of the dog kind shall permit the same to be upon any street, public park, public place, or upon any other private land, except that of the property owner or on private land owned by another with the express consent of the property owner, without being effectively restrained from moving by a chain or leash not exceeding eight feet in length; or other means of restraint not harmful or injurious to the dog and under the control of a responsible person capable of physically restraining the dog.
(2) 
The provisions of this section shall not apply to the ownership or use of Seeing Eye dogs by blind persons, dogs used in hunting or training activities or dogs used in police activities of the Township of Penn, such as the canine corps or tracking dogs used by or with the permission of the Township Police Department.
E. 
Persons with a handicap or disability who rely on specifically trained guide dogs shall be exempt from the provisions of this section.
[Amended 11-24-1997 by Ord. No. 689]
[Amended 11-24-1997 by Ord. No. 689]
An owner of a dog or cat violating any provision of this article shall, upon conviction before a District Justice, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $600, plus costs, and in default of payment thereof shall undergo imprisonment for a period not exceeding 30 days.