Township of Riverside, NJ
Burlington County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Riverside: Art. I, 12-30-1977 as Ord. No. 1977-17 (Ch. IV of the 1967 Code), amended in its entirety 10-24-1979 by Ord. No. 1979-18. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]

ARTICLE I
Dogs and Cats (§ 111-1 — § 111-23) 

[Adopted 12-30-1977 as Ord. No. 1977-17 (Ch. IV of the 1967 Code); amended in its entirety 10-24-1979 by Ord. No. 1979-18]

§ 111-1
Definitions. 

§ 111-2
License required. 

§ 111-3
Registration tags. 

§ 111-4
License fees; exceptions. 

§ 111-5
Time requirement. 

§ 111-6
Information for application; evidence of rabies inoculation required. 

§ 111-7
Animals brought into municipality. 

§ 111-8
Removal of registration tags prohibited. 

§ 111-9
Kennels, animal hospitals, shelters and pounds. 

§ 111-10
Fees for kennels, animal hospitals, shelter and pounds. 

§ 111-11
Dogs to remain on premises. 

§ 111-12
Use of fees received. 

§ 111-13
Duty of township officials. 

§ 111-14
Appointment of Dog Warden. 

§ 111-15
Impoundment of animals. 

§ 111-16
Dogs and cats at large; property damage. 

§ 111-17
Township officers authorized to go upon premises for purpose of seizure. 

§ 111-18
Interference prohibited. 

§ 111-19
Disturbance of the peace prohibited. 

§ 111-20
Vicious dogs. 

§ 111-21
Nuisances prohibited. 

§ 111-22
Violations and penalties. 

§ 111-23
Provisions to be supplemental. 

§ 111-1 Definitions.

A. 

The words hereinafter defined shall have the meanings herein indicated for the purpose of this Article as follows:

ANIMAL HOSPITAL
Any place where dogs, cats or other domestic animals, belonging to anyone other than the owner, tenants or occupant of such place, are for hire, kept, maintained or harbored for observation or treatment.
CAT
Any cat, male or female or spayed female.
CAT OF LICENSING AGE
Any cat which has attained the age of seven months.
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.
GOVERNING BODY
The Township of Riverside Committee.
KENNEL
Any establishment or premises whereupon or wherein four or more dogs and cats are kept, maintained or harbored or whereupon or wherein the business of boarding, selling or breeding dogs is carried on, except a pet shop.
MUNICIPALITY
The Township of Riverside.
OWNER
When applied to the proprietorship of a dog or cat, shall mean and include every person having a right of property in such dog or cat and every person who has such dog or cat in his keeping.
PERSON
An individual, firm, partnership, corporation or association of persons.
PET SHOP
Any room or group of rooms, cage or exhibition pen, not part of a kennel, wherein dogs or cats for sale are kept or displayed.
POUND
Any establishment for the confinement of dogs or cats seized either under the provisions of this Article or otherwise.
SHELTER
Any establishment where dogs and cats are received, housed and distributed without charge.
B. 

The words "and" and "or" may be used interchangeably, and either of the two may be applicable, whichever is more conducive toward the effectuating of this Article.

C. 

Personal pronouns shall mean either the singular or the plural, whichever is applicable and conducive toward the effectuating of this Article.

D. 

The masculine, feminine or the neuter gender shall be implied, whichever is appropriate and conducive for the effectuating of this Article.

§ 111-2 License required.

No person shall keep or harbor any dog or cat within the Township of Riverside without first obtaining a license therefor, to be issued by the person designated by the governing body to license dogs and cats upon application by the owner and payment of the prescribed fee, and no person shall keep or harbor any dog or cat in said Township of Riverside except in compliance with the provisions of this Article.

§ 111-3 Registration tags.

Any person who shall own, keep or harbor a dog or cat of licensing age shall in the month of January apply for and procure from the person designated by the governing body to license dogs and cats a license and official metal registration tag for each such dog or cat so owned, kept or harbored and shall place upon each such dog or cat a collar or harness with the registration tag securely fastened thereto, and in addition to such tag, each cat shall have three bells securely fastened or affixed to such strap, collar or harness. Duplicate tags will be issued upon satisfactory proof of the loss of the original tag and upon the payment of a fee of $0.25. Said license is not transferable.

§ 111-4 License fees; exceptions.

A. 

The person applying for the license and registration tag shall pay a fee of $7 for each dog to be licensed hereunder and the sum of $1 for the registration tag of each dog. For each annual renewal, the fee for the license and the registration tag shall be the same as for the original license and tag.

[Amended 11-11-1981 by Ord. No. 1981-15]

B. 

The person applying for the license and registration tag shall pay a fee of $8 for each cat to be licensed hereunder. For each annual renewal, the fee for the license and the registration tag shall be the same as for the original license and tag.

[Amended 11-11-1981 by Ord. No. 1981-15]

C. 

Said licenses, registration tags and renewals thereof shall expire on the last day of December in each year.

D. 

Dogs used as guides for blind persons and commonly known as "Seeing Eye" dogs shall be licensed and registered as other dogs herein above provided for, except that the owner or keeper of such dog shall not be required to pay any fee therefor.

E. 

Any person applying for a dog or cat license, either for renewal of previous license or for the first time, and failing to comply with the time requirements set forth herein will be charged an administration fee to compensate for the additional administrative procedures in the amount of $1, which is in addition to all other fees set forth herein.

§ 111-5 Time requirement.

The owner of any newly acquired dog or cat of licensing age or of any dog or cat which attains licensing age shall make application for license and registration tag for such dog or cat within 10 days after such acquisition or age attainment.

§ 111-6 Information for application; evidence of rabies inoculation required.

[Amended 7-24-1989 by Ord. No. 1989-13]

The application shall state the breed, sex, age, color and markings of the dog or cat for which license and registration are sought and whether it is a long-haired or short-haired variety; also the name, street and post office address of the owner, who shall be over the age of 18 years, and the person who shall keep or harbor such dog or cat. The applicant shall provide suitable proof in the case of a dog and cat that the animal has been inoculated with rabies vaccine in accordance with N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.2a.

§ 111-7 Animals brought into municipality.

A. 

Any person who shall bring or cause to be brought into the municipality any dog or cat 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 municipality for a period of more than 90 days shall immediately apply for a license and registration tag for each such dog or cat unless such dog or cat is licensed under § 111-9 of this Article.

B. 

Any person who shall bring or cause to be brought into the municipality any unlicensed dog or cat and who shall keep the same or permit the same to be kept within the municipality for a period of more than 10 days shall immediately apply for a license and registration tag for each such dog or cat, unless such dog or cat is licensed pursuant to this Article.

§ 111-8 Removal of registration tags prohibited.

No person, except an officer in the performance of his duties, shall remove a registration tag from the collar of any dog or cat without the consent of the owner, nor shall any person attach a registration tag to a dog or cat for which it was not issued.

§ 111-9 Kennels, animal hospitals, shelters and pounds.

A. 

Any person who keeps or operates or proposes to establish a kennel, an animal hospital, a pet shop, a shelter or a pound shall apply to the Dog Warden or other person designated by the governing body to license dogs and cats for a license entitling him to keep or operate such establishment.

B. 

The application shall describe the premises where the establishment is located or is proposed to be located and the purpose or purposes for which it is to be maintained and shall be accompanied by the written approval of the Health Officer of the Board of Health of the municipality showing compliance with the local and state rules and regulations governing location of and sanitation at such establishments.

C. 

All licenses issued for a kennel, animal hospital, pet shop, shelter or pound shall state the purpose for which the establishment is maintained and all such licenses shall expire on the last day of January of each year, and be subject to revocation by the governing body on recommendations of the State Department of Health or the Board of Health of the municipality or county for failure to comply with the rules and regulations of the State Department or the Board of Health of the municipality or county governing the same after the owner has been afforded a hearing by either the State Department or the Board of Health of the municipality or county.

D. 

Any person holding such license shall not be required to secure individual licenses for dogs or cats owned by such licensee and kept at such establishments; such licenses shall not be transferable to another owner or different premises.

E. 

No such kennel, animal hospital, pet shop, shelter or pound shall be operated or maintained in the municipality and no license shall be granted therefor wherein any dog, cat or any other animal may be kept or harbored in any building or other place therein or thereat, the nearest point of which building or other place shall be within five (500) hundred yards of any residence containing sleeping quarters occupied as such in the municipality except by the owner or operator thereof.

F. 

Every such kennel, animal hospital, pet shop, shelter or pound shall be subject to such reasonable rules and regulations in regard thereto as may be prescribed by the governing body. Any premises so used and all buildings and enclosures thereon shall be kept clean and sanitary. All animal carcasses shall be immediately and properly disposed of and shall not be buried within the municipality limits. Any health officer or police officer of the municipality shall have the right, at any reasonable hour in the daytime or nighttime, to enter into said premises and any buildings and enclosures thereon and to make such examination thereof as he shall deem proper.

G. 

No such kennel, animal hospital, pet shop, shelter or pound shall be operated or maintained except as permitted by Chapter 255, Zoning.

§ 111-10 Fees for kennels, animal hospitals, shelter and pounds.

The annual license fee for a kennel providing accommodations for 10 or fewer dogs shall be $10 and for more than 10 dogs, $25. The annual license fee for an animal hospital providing accommodations for 10 or fewer dogs, cats or other animals shall be $10 and for more than 10 dogs, cats or other animals, $25. The annual license fee for a pet shop shall be $10. No fee shall be charged for a shelter or pound.

§ 111-11 Dogs to remain on premises.

No dog kept in a kennel, animal hospital, pet shop, shelter or pound shall be permitted off such premises, except on leash or in a crate or other safe control.

§ 111-12 Use of fees received.

License fees and other moneys collected or received under the provisions of this Article shall be received and disposed of as provided in N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.11, as supplemented and amended.

§ 111-13 Duty of township officials.

It shall be the duty of the Dog Warden or other person designated by the governing body to license dogs and cats to carry out the provisions of N.J.S.A. 4:19-15 et seq., as supplemented and amended, and to make a similar canvass of all cats owned, kept or harbored within the limits of the municipality and to report to the Clerk and Board of Health of the municipality or county the result thereof.

§ 111-14 Appointment of Dog Warden.

The governing body shall have power to appoint annually a Dog Warden or, by agreement and appropriate resolutions, an interlocal services arrangement, whereby it shall enforce the provisions of this Article and the provisions of Chapter 151 of the Laws of New Jersey for 1941, as supplemented and amended.

Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.1 et seq.

§ 111-15 Impoundment of animals.

A. 

The Dog Warden or other agency designated by the governing body to license dogs and cats shall take into custody and impound or cause to be taken into custody and impounded, and thereafter destroyed and disposed of:

(1) 

Any dog or cat off the premises of the owner or of the person keeping or harboring said dog or cat, which said official or his agent or agents have reason to believe is a stray dog or cat.

(2) 

Any dog or cat off the premises of the owner or of the person keeping or harboring said dog or cat without a current registration tag on his collar.

(3) 

Any female dog or cat in season off the premises of the owner or of the person keeping or harboring said dog or cat.

B. 

Dogs so taken into custody shall be impounded, destroyed or disposed of as provided in N.J.S.A. 4:19-15 et seq., as supplemented and amended.

C. 

Cats so taken into custody shall be impounded, destroyed or disposed of in the same manner as is herein provided for the impounding, destruction or disposal of dogs.

§ 111-16 Dogs and cats at large; property damage.

A. 

It shall be unlawful for any person or corporation owning, keeping, harboring or housing the custody or possession of any dog or cat, whether registered or not, to permit such dog or cat at any time to be in or upon any public street, avenue, road or highway or upon any public place or place to which the general public is invited or to permit such dog or cat at any time to run at large in said township unless such dog or cat shall be led by a chain, cord, thong or other leash (not more than six feet long) in the hands of a person capable of leading and controlling such dog or cat or shall be securely confined in an automobile or other vehicle.

B. 

It shall be unlawful for any person or corporation owning, keeping, harboring or housing custody or possession of any dog or cat, whether registered or not, to permit such dog or cat to be in or upon any private property or premises belonging to another person without the express and prior authority of such person.

C. 

Damage to property. No person or corporation owning, keeping, harboring or housing custody or possession of any dog or cat shall permit or suffer such dog or cat to do any injury or to do any damage to any lawn, shrubbery, flowers, grounds or property.

§ 111-17 Township officers authorized to go upon premises for purpose of seizure.

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 or dogs or cat or cats which he may lawfully seize and impound when such officer is in immediate pursuit of such dog or dogs or cat or cats, except upon the premises of the owner of the dog or cat if said owner is present and forbids the same.

§ 111-18 Interference prohibited.

No person shall hinder, molest or interfere with anyone authorized or empowered to perform any duty under this Article.

§ 111-19 Disturbance of the peace prohibited.

No person shall keep, harbor or maintain any dog or cat which shall habitually disturb the peace and quiet of the neighborhood.

§ 111-20 Vicious dogs.

The term "vicious dogs," where used in this Article, shall mean and include any dog which at any time has attacked or shall attack a human being or other dogs or domestic animals or fowl. Any vicious dog which shall be in or upon any public street, avenue, road or highway or in any public place or upon any private property or premises belonging to a person other than the person or corporation owning, keeping, harboring or housing the custody or possession of the attacking dog may be seized, taken into custody and impounded by the poundkeeper, dogcatcher, dog warden, any member of the Police Department of said township or by any other person or persons who may be employed or appointed by said township or by its governing body for that purpose. Said official who seizes or causes to be seized and impounds or causes to be impounded said dog shall report the facts to the Municipal Judge of the respective township, who shall thereupon cause the owner or person harboring such dog to be notified, in writing, of the fact that such dog has been impounded and of the reason for said impounding, and notified to appear before said Municipal Judge at a stated time and place. After hearing the facts of the case, the Municipal Judge will arrive at a conclusion as to whether the dog will be destroyed or whether it will be returned to the person or corporation owning, keeping, harboring or having custody or possession of the dog.

§ 111-21 Nuisances prohibited.

[Amended 10-23-1995 by Ord. No. 1995-11]

No person owning, keeping or harboring any dog or cat shall suffer or permit it to soil, defile or commit any nuisance on any common thoroughfare, sidewalk, passageway, bypath, play area, park or any place where people congregate or walk or upon a lawn, shrubbery or tree on any private property not belonging to the owner or custodian of said dog or cat; provided, however, that for the purpose of this section of this Article, the above-mentioned restrictions shall not apply to that portion of the street lying between the curblines which shall be used to curb said dog. The owner or custodian of a dog that has been curbed must remove and properly dispose of any feces.

§ 111-22 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 9-25-1995 by Ord. No. 1995-10]

Any person who violates or refuses to comply with the regulations of this Article shall be subject to one or more of the following: a fine not exceeding $1,000; a term of imprisonment not exceeding 90 days; or a period of community service not exceeding 90 days.

§ 111-23 Provisions to be supplemental.

The provisions of this Article are supplementary thereto and in addition to the provisions of Chapter 151 of the laws of New Jersey for 1941, as supplemented and amended.

Editor's Note: See N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.1 et seq.