Municipality of Kingston, PA
Luzerne County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Municipality of Kingston 10-18-1976. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Dogs in parks — See Ch. 129.

§ 80-1 Running at large prohibited.

[Amended 2-11-1985]
It shall be unlawful for any person who owns or keeps any dog to permit such dog to run at large in violation of the provisions of the Dog Law of 1982 (3 P.S. § 459-101 et seq.). Any dog running at large in violation of said law shall be subject to seizure, detention and disposal as provided therein.

§ 80-2 Disturbance of the peace.

It shall be unlawful to own, harbor or keep in custody any dog which disturbs the peace by barking, howling or making other loud noises to the annoyance and discomfort of any person in the Municipality of Kingston. Continuous barking, howling or the making of other loud noises by such dog for more than any one hour or continuous barking for periods of less than one hour but more than 1/2 hour, which periods occur on two or more consecutive days, shall be deemed to disturb the peace and to cause the annoyance and discomfort of persons in the Municipality of Kingston.

§ 80-3 Warnings to dog owners.

[Amended 2-4-1991 by Ord. No. 1991-4]
A. 
Any person may request the Municipal Police Department to warn any person who shall own, harbor or keep in custody any dog which disturbs the peace by barking, howling or making other loud noise to the annoyance and discomfort of persons in the municipality.
B. 
If, upon investigation by the municipal police, a warning is found to be warranted, said warning by the municipal police shall consist of delivery of a full and complete copy of this chapter at the residence in the Municipality of Kingston of such owner, keeper or custodian.
C. 
Any such request shall be in writing and shall identify and specify the residence of the owner, keeper or custodian of the dog or other animal and shall identify and specify the residence of the person making the request. Upon receipt of such request, a copy of this chapter will be mailed to the person identified as the owner, keeper or custodian of the dog or other animal.

§ 80-4 Unlawful acts.

It shall be unlawful for the owner of any dog to permit said dog to injure any human being by biting, jumping on, knocking down or attacking said human being.

§ 80-5 Committing of nuisances; acceptable disposal.

No person owning, harboring, keeping or in charge of any dog shall cause, suffer or allow such dog to soil, defile, defecate on or commit any nuisance on any common thoroughfare, sidewalk, passageway, bypath, play area, park or any place where people congregate or walk, or on any public property whatsoever, nor on any private property without the permission of the owner of said property. The restriction in this section shall not apply to that portion of street lying between the curblines which shall be used to curb such dog under the following conditions:
A. 
The person who so curbs such dog or whose dog shall soil, defile or defecate in a prohibited area shall immediately remove all feces deposited by such dog from the site in a sanitary manner.
[Amended 5-6-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-2]
B. 
The feces removed from the aforementioned designated areas 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. It shall be unlawful for any person to dispose of dog feces in the municipal storm water collection system.
[Amended 5-6-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-2]
C. 
Manner of removing dog waste.
[Amended 5-6-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-2]
(1) 
Any person owning, harboring, keeping or in charge of a dog on any common thoroughfare, sidewalk, passageway, bypath, play area, park or any place where people congregate or walk, or on any public property whatsoever, or on any private property without the permission of the owner of said property shall carry with him or her some mechanism, device, enclosure, bag, toweling or some other manner of removing dog waste from the area should the dog defecate.
(2) 
It shall be unlawful to fail to carry such a mechanism, device, enclosure, bag, toweling or other manner of removing dog waste. The aforementioned mechanism, device, enclosure, bag, toweling or other manner of removing dog waste shall be displayed upon request of a law enforcement officer of the Municipality of Kingston. Failure to carry such a device or display such a device upon request of a law enforcement officer shall be subject to the penalties of § 80-7 of this chapter.
D. 
Notwithstanding the foregoing, this section of the chapter shall not apply to those persons and dogs within 100 yards of their residence.
[Added 5-6-2002 by Ord. No. 2002-2]

§ 80-6 Number of dogs on premises.

[Amended 2-11-1985]
It shall be unlawful to keep more than three dogs, six months of age or older, on any premises, regardless of the number of owners; provided, however, that this section shall not apply to any premises for which a kennel license has been obtained pursuant to the Dog Law of 1982 (3 P.S. § 459-101 et seq.).

§ 80-7 Violations and penalties.

Any person who shall be convicted of violating or failing to comply with the provisions of this chapter before any District Magistrate shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $300, together with costs of prosecution, and in default of payment of such fine and costs, the violator shall be subject to imprisonment in the county jail for a term not to exceed 30 days. The continuation of such violation for each successive day shall constitute a separate offense, and the person or persons allowing or permitting the continuation of a violation may be punished as provided above for each separate offense.