Township of Middle, NJ
Cape May County
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[Adopted 6-7-2004 by Ord. No. 1158-04]
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Editor's Note: Ordinance No. 1199-05, adopted 7-18-2005, changed the title of this article, which formerly was Care and Treatment of Dogs.

§ 121-20 Definitions.

Definitions used throughout this Article III are as follows:
BEDDING
Material to provide a bed for dogs.
CARETAKER
Any person who takes care of the house or land of an owner who may be absent and is responsible for the keeping of a dog.
DOGHOUSE
A covered and protected domicile for a dog.
ENCLOSURE
Any structure used to restrict a dog or dogs to a limited amount of space, such as pen, run, cage or compartment.
HANDLER
Any person in immediate physical charge of a dog.
KENNEL
Any establishment wherein or whereupon the business of boarding or selling dogs or breeding dogs for sale is carried on, except a pet shop.
OWNER
When applied to proprietorship of a dog means every person having a right of property in that dog and every person who has that dog in his or her keeping.
PEN
An enclosure for dogs.
PET SHOP
Any place of business that 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.
POUND
Any establishment for the confinement of dogs or other animals seized either under the provisions of N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.16 or otherwise.
SHELTER
Any establishment where dogs or other animals are received, housed and distributed.

§ 121-21 Restraint of dogs.

A. 
Owners, caretakers, or handlers of dogs will exercise diligence and reasonable care to prevent said dogs from leaving their premises regardless of whether their premises is owned, leased or rented. Restraint exists when the dog is:
(1) 
Enclosed and properly provided for pursuant to N.J.S.A. 4:22-17 within a house, building, properly maintained fence, pen or other enclosure.
(2) 
Pens or other enclosures for each dog must be four feet in height and square footage as follows:
Number of Dogs
Size of Enclosure
(square feet)
1
64
2
90
3
144
4
196
Over 4
An additional 24 for each dog
(3) 
The pens or other enclosure shall include a soundly constructed, safely positioned and properly maintained doghouse.
(4) 
Every doghouse shall contain bedding such as straw or other absorbent material in a sufficient quality to provide adequate insulation for the dog(s) in the doghouse. Bedding shall be maintained in a dry condition and renewed or changed as necessary.
B. 
Owners, caretakers, or handlers of dogs will exercise diligence and reasonable care to keep dogs under restraint. In circumstances in which the dogs are not located on premises owned, leased or rented by the caretakers or handlers, dogs must be handled in a humane manner pursuant N.J.S.A. 4:22-17.
C. 
Owners, caretakers or handlers of dogs may attempt to prevent said dogs from leaving the premises by installing an invisible fence. Owners, caretakers or handlers of dogs are responsible for the maintenance of the invisible fences and shall exercise diligence to keep the fence in proper working order.
D. 
Kennels, pet shops, shelters, pounds, and veterinary facilities are exempt from this section and shall comply with the provisions of any applicable state statutes and administrative regulations.

§ 121-22 Pet waste.

[Amended 7-18-2005 by Ord. No. 1199-05]
A. 
All pet owners, caretakers, handlers or keepers (walkers, sitters) must immediately pick up and dispose of their pet's solid waste deposited on any property, public or private, that is not owned or possessed by that person. If the property is owned or possessed by the pet owner, caretaker, handler or keeper (walker, sitter), then they are not responsible for the immediate pick up and disposal of the pet's solid waste.
B. 
The Township is required to hand out literature explaining this section every time a pet license is issued.
C. 
"Pet," for the purpose of this section, shall apply to any and all domesticated animals and not just dogs.
D. 
Any person who violates this section shall be subject to a fine which shall amount to no less than the minimum amount of $100 and not to exceed a maximum amount of $500.

§ 121-23 Chaining or tethering of dogs.

[Amended 9-17-2007 by Ord. No. 1269-07]
A. 
Dogs must be able to move freely when chained or tethered. The size of the tether or chain must be a minimum of 15 linear feet and shall remain tangle free. Dogs must be equipped with properly fitted harness or buckle-type collars. The tether or chain shall be constructed of lightweight cable. A doghouse shall be accessible to dogs that are chained or tethered.
B. 
Dogs that are not spayed or neutered will not be allowed to be tethered or chained for any period of time and must be in a completely enclosed yard or housed indoors.
C. 
No dogs may be tethered or chained after dark (prior to sunrise or after sunset).

§ 121-24 Prohibited activities and treatment.

A. 
No owner, caretaker or handler shall withhold proper shelter, protection from weather, veterinary care and immune care to any animal. No owner, caretaker, or handler shall fail to provide his or her animal with sufficient food and drinkable water on a daily basis. Food and water must be in an animal food-consumption or water-consumption-type container, feeder or waterer.
B. 
No animal shall be subjected to unnecessary suffering and cruelty such as subjecting the animal to prolonged fear, injury, pain or physical abuse. Interaction with humans and other animals shall not be unreasonably withheld. This section does not apply to any individual currently licensed by the State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners to practice veterinary medicine, who is acting within his or her scope of practice to deliver acceptable and medically sound veterinary care for an animal.
C. 
No animal shall be left unattended in a motor vehicle without sufficient airflow or under extreme heat conditions as to render the animal susceptible to heat prostration or any other condition that would be caused by said behavior, including death.
[Added 9-17-2007 by Ord. No. 1269-07]

§ 121-25 Duties of citizens.

Any operator of a motor vehicle who accidentally strikes a dog or cat shall promptly report such injury or death to the Township Police Department, Township Code Enforcement Officer(s), Middle Township Animal Control, Dog Canvasser(s) and/or Township Clerk.

§ 121-26 Violations and penalties.

A. 
Enforcement of all sections within Article III shall be commenced by the filing of a complaint or a notice of violation with the Municipal Court of the Township of Middle. A complaint or notice of violation may be issued by a member of the Township Police Department, Township Code Enforcement Officer(s), Middle Township Animal Control, Dog Canvasser(s) and/or Township Clerk.
B. 
Any person found guilty of a violation of § 121-22 shall be subject to a fine not to exceed $25 for the first offense; $50 for the second offense; and $100 for any subsequent offenses.
C. 
Any person found guilty of all other sections of this Article III by the Municipal Court of the Township of Middle shall be subject to a fine not to exceed $500 or imprisonment not to exceed 90 days, or both; provided, however, that the Court shall waive or suspend any fines if the Court determines it is appropriate to do so. Furthermore, the Court may order restitution be paid to any person or entity that incurs expenses related to the investigation and prosecution of any offender of this Article III.