City of Latrobe, PA
Westmoreland County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of Latrobe as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Zoning — See Ch. 166.
Parks and recreation areas — See Ch. 219.
Public property — See Ch. 231.
[Adopted 7-13-1981 by Ord. No. 1981-2 (Ch. III, Part 1, of the 1981 Code)]

§ 58-1 Definitions and word usage.

[Amended 3-10-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-5]
A. 
The following words and terms, as used in this article, shall have the meanings hereby respectively ascribed thereto, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
ANIMAL
Any domestic animal or fowl, any wild animal or any household pet.
DOMESTIC ANIMAL
Any animal as hereinafter defined as a household pet, a large animal or a small animal.
HOUSEHOLD PET
Any dog, cat or other domestic animal normally and ordinarily kept in or permitted to be at large in the dwelling of its owner.
LARGE ANIMAL
Any domestic animal of the bovine, equine, sheep or hog family.
NUISANCE
The keeping or harboring of any dog or other domestic animal or fowl which, by frequent and persistent howling or barking or other noise, shall annoy or disturb the neighborhood or a number of persons.
PERSON
Any person, firm, partnership, association or corporation.
SMALL ANIMAL
Any domestic animal such as a rabbit, hare, guinea pig, rat, mouse or chinchilla, and any domestic fowl such as a chick, turkey, goose, duck or pigeon (except homing pigeons).
WILD ANIMAL
Any animal, bird, fowl or reptile not normally or ordinarily domesticated, not normally or ordinarily raised in this area and climate as livestock or for work or breeding purposes, or not normally or ordinarily kept as a household pet.
B. 
In this article, the singular shall include the plural, the plural shall include the singular and the masculine shall include the feminine.

§ 58-2 Wild animals.

It shall be unlawful for any person to keep any wild animal at any place within Latrobe, except where the same shall be permitted under Chapter 166, Zoning, in a park, zoological garden or similar establishment for exhibit to the public or to any portion thereof.

§ 58-3 Domestic animals.

[Amended 4-23-1996 by Ord. No. 1996-5]
It shall be unlawful for any person to keep any domestic animals, except household pets, except as provided in this section.
A. 
Large animals shall be confined in quarters no part of which shall be closer than 100 feet to the exterior limits of any dwelling or of any property line.
B. 
Small animals shall be kept confined in quarters no part of which shall be closer than 25 feet to the exterior limits of any dwelling or of any property line.
C. 
The keeper of every such domestic animal shall confine the same to the owner's property by leash, enclosure or other confinement sufficient to prevent the domestic animal from straying uncontrolled onto any publicly owned property or onto the property owned, controlled or leased by others. Such enclosure shall be of a size conducive to good sanitation practices, and adequate and sanitary drainage facilities shall be provided.
D. 
Every keeper of a domestic animal shall cause the litter and droppings therefrom to be collected daily in a container or receptacle of such type that, when closed, it shall be ratproof and flytight and after every such collection shall cause such container or receptacle to be kept closed. At least twice a week, every such keeper shall cause all litter and droppings so collected to be disposed of in such a manner as not to permit the presence of fly larvae.
E. 
Every keeper of a domestic animal shall cause all feed provided therefor to be stored and kept in a ratproof and flytight building, box, container or receptacle.
F. 
If any such domestic animal shall be kept in a dwelling occupied by any person, such person shall be required to follow such procedures and practices, as to the number of such pets to be kept there and as to sanitation, to ensure that no public nuisance shall be created or maintained and no threat to the health of persons living elsewhere than in such dwelling shall be created.

§ 58-4 Off-premises defecation.

[Amended 4-23-1996 by Ord. No. 1996-5]
A. 
The owner of any dog within Latrobe shall be totally responsible at all times when the dog is beyond the premises of the owner of the dog to have the dog on a leash or by other means under the control of the owner. The owner of any dog within Latrobe shall prevent at all times the dog from defecating on publicly owned property or private property owned by others and shall be responsible if any such defecation should occur to remove the dregs immediately from the publicly or privately owned property.
B. 
Each defecation or each straying of a dog onto public property or private property owned by others (without the immediate removal of dregs) which is a violation of any section of this article shall be consideration to be a separate offense.

§ 58-5 Removal or abatement of nuisance.

[Added 3-10-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-5[1]]
A. 
Any person who creates, continues, causes, maintains or permits to exist any nuisance in the nature of a barking or howling dog or frequent noise emitted from any other domestic animal or fowl within the limits of the City of Latrobe shall, after investigation by the Latrobe Police Department, and if established by reasonable evidence that the complaint is valid, be issued a written warning to remove or abate the nuisance within 10 days of the date of the warning.
B. 
If the person fails, neglects or refuses to abate the nuisance within the time limit, said person shall, after investigation by the Latrobe Police Department, and if established by reasonable evidence that the complaint is valid, be issued a citation for violation of this section, and a hearing shall be scheduled before the local District Justice.
C. 
If after said hearing the nuisance is not abated or removed, then and in that event a subsequent citation shall be issued by the Latrobe Police Department and, further, the City of Latrobe shall have the authority, either personally or by its agents, designees or employees, to remove or abate the nuisance and, in so doing, shall have authority to enter upon the property of the person in default.
D. 
Thereafter, the City shall collect the cost and expense of the abatement or removal of the nuisance from the person who created, continued, caused or maintained the nuisance and/or permitted it to exist, that person having failed, neglected or refused to remove or abate the nuisance, with an additional amount of 10% in the manner provided for the collection of municipal claims or by any other remedy available by action at law or in equity. The cost and expense of abatement may be in addition to any penalty imposed hereunder.
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Editor’s Note: This ordinance also redesignated former §§ 58-5 and 58-6 as §§ 58-6 and 58-7, respectively.

§ 58-6 Violations and penalties.

[Amended 4-23-1996 by Ord. No. 1996-5]
Any person violating any provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $600 and costs of prosecution and, in default of payment of such fine and costs, to imprisonment for not more than 30 days, provided that each violation of any provision of this article and each day the same continues shall be deemed a separate offense.

§ 58-7 Compliance with state law.

Any violation of this article that would also violate any state law shall be prosecuted under that state law and not under this article.