Township of Plainsboro, NJ
Middlesex County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Plainsboro 12-12-1977 by Ord. No. 0-77-17. Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 59-1 License and recognition tag required.

Any person who shall own, keep or harbor a dog of licensing age shall, on or before January 31 of each year, procure from the Clerk of the Township a license and official metal registration tag for each such dog so owned, kept or harbored and shall place upon each such dog a collar or harness with the registration tag securely attached thereto.

§ 59-2 License and registration fees.

[Amended 5-11-1981 by Ord. No. 0-81-10; 11-12-1984 by Ord. No. 0-84-20; 11-7-2007 by Ord. No. 0-07-17]
A. 
A license shall be issued after payment of a fee of $16.20 for each nonneutered dog and $13.20 for each neutered dog. Persons who fail to obtain a license as required within the time period specified herein will be subject to a delinquent fee of $5 for the first month and an additional $5 for every month thereafter.
B. 
If a licensee tag has been misplaced or lost, the licensing official may issue a duplicate license and/or registration for that particular dog after payment of a fee of $10..

§ 59-3 Issuance of licenses and tags.

License forms and uniform official metal registration tags designed by the State Department of Health shall be issued and shall be numbered serially and shall bear the year of issue and the name of the Township of Plainsboro.

§ 59-4 Newly acquired dogs.

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

§ 59-5 Guide dogs.

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

§ 59-6 Definition of pet shops.

[Added 4-8-1998 by Ord. No. 0-98-7[1]]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
PET SHOP
Any place of business which 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.
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Editor's Note: This ordinance also provided for the renumbering of former §§ 59-6 through 59-18 as §§ 59-7 through 59-19, respectively.

§ 59-7 Application for license for kennel or pet shop.

Any person who keeps or operates or proposes to establish a kennel, a pet shop, a shelter or a pound shall apply to the Clerk of the township for a license entitling him to keep or operate such establishment. Such 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 Township Health Officer showing compliance with the local and state rules and regulations governing the location of and sanitation at such establishment.

§ 59-8 Licensing of kennels or pet shops.

All licenses issued for a kennel, pet shop, shelter or pound shall state the purpose for which the establishment is maintained, and all such licenses shall expire on January 31 of each year and be subject to revocation by the Township of Plainsboro on recommendations of the State Department of Health or the Township Board of Health for failure to comply with the rules and regulations of the State Department of Health or the Township Board of Health governing the same, after the owner has been afforded a hearing by either the State Department of Health or the Township Board of Health.

§ 59-9 Effect of kennel license.

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

§ 59-10 Fees for kennels and pet shops.

[Amended 4-14-1986 by Ord. No. 0-86-4]
A. 
The initial license fee for a kennel shall be $100. The annual license fee for a kennel providing accommodations for 10 or fewer dogs shall be $25 and for more than 10 dogs, $50.
B. 
The initial license fee for a pet shop shall be $100. The annual license fee for a pet shop shall be $25.
C. 
No fee shall be charged for a shelter or pound.

§ 59-11 Inoculation against rabies.

No person shall own, possess, harbor or keep any dog within the boundaries of the Township of Plainsboro which has not been inoculated against rabies; provided, however, that dogs which have not attained the age of six months shall not be required to be so inoculated; and further provided that any dog may be exempt from the requirement of such inoculation, for a specified period of time, by the Health Officer upon the presentation of a certificate from a veterinarian stating that, because of infirmity or other physical condition, the inoculation of such dog for said specified period of time is contraindicated.

§ 59-12 Record of inoculation.

Any person, firm or corporation owning, keeping, harboring or having custody of said dog or dogs shall obtain from the veterinarian who vaccinates said dog or dogs against rabies a certificate on a form supplied by the Health Officer and available at the Township Clerk's office, and shall, within 10 days of such vaccination or within 10 days after bringing the dog into the Township of Plainsboro, if the dog was vaccinated before being brought into the township, deliver said certificate to the Township Clerk's office, who shall file the same with the records of the Health Officer.

§ 59-13 Inoculation required for licensing.

No license shall be issued to any person, firm or corporation unless a certificate issued by a duly licensed veterinarian of the State of New Jersey, as hereinabove provided, is presented to and filed with the Township Clerk, showing that such dog has been vaccinated against rabies in the manner provided herein. Such certificate shall show and certify that said vaccination will remain current throughout the period for which the license is to be issued.

§ 59-14 Running at large prohibited.

A. 
No person who owns, keeps or harbors a dog shall permit the same to run at large or be upon the streets, highways or other public places or upon private property other than that of the owner unless controlled by a leash securely fastened to the dog's collar or harness and accompanied by and under the control of a responsible person or unless confined within a secure enclosure on its owner's property. This section shall not be considered as prohibiting the exercising or training of dogs as permitted by N.J.S.A. 23:4-25, nor shall it apply to hunting dogs lawfully used during hunting seasons while under the control of the owner, lessee or custodian.
B. 
No dogs or other animals shall be allowed inside any Township building except for service dogs.
[Added 10-8-2014 by Ord. No. 0-14-08]

§ 59-15 Impounding dogs running at large.

A. 
Any dog running at large in violation of § 59-14 hereof shall be considered a stray dog, and the Chief of Police or any person appointed by the Township Clerk for the purpose shall take or cause to be taken into custody and impound any dog found running at large. Such impoundment shall be in accordance with the procedures enumerated in N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.16.
B. 
Right of entry. Any officer or agent authorized or empowered to seize a dog hereunder is hereby authorized and empowered to go upon any premises to take into custody any dog which he may lawfully seize when he is in immediate pursuit of such, except upon the premises of the owner of the dog if said owner is present and forbids the same.
[Added 1-8-1979 by Ord. No. 0-79-1]
C. 
Interference with enforcement. No person shall hinder, molest or interfere with anyone in the performance of his powers or duties under this section.
[Added 1-8-1979 by Ord. No. 0-79-1]

§ 59-16 Restrictions.

No person who owns, keeps or harbors any dog shall permit such dog to be in or upon:
A. 
Any private property without the consent of the owner of such property.
B. 
Any public school property.
C. 
Any public park or recreation area except in accordance with regulations promulgated by the public authority having jurisdiction thereof.

§ 59-17 Nuisances.

No person who owns, keeps or harbors any dog shall permit such dog to bark, howl or cry habitually in such manner as to constitute a nuisance, or to bite or molest any person, or to injure or damage any lawn or shrubbery or flowers or grounds or any property of any person other than its owner, or to behave in any way so as to endanger person or property.

§ 59-18 Removal of feces.

[Added 12-29-1992 by Ord. No. 0-92-25; 4-10-2006 by Ord. No. 0-06-03]
No person owning or having control of all animals shall allow such animal to soil, defecate on, or commit any nuisance on any common driveway, sidewalk, passageway, bypass, play area or any place where people congregate or walk, or upon any public property or upon any private property without the permission of the owner. In the event of a violation occurring on private property, a complaint is only fileable by the owner of the property. The restrictions in this section shall not apply to that portion of public streets between the curb lines or to those specially designated areas of public parks as set forth in § 25-9, subject to the following conditions:
A. 
The owner or person having control of all animals shall immediately remove all feces deposited by such animal.
B. 
The removed feces shall be disposed of in a sanitary manner.
C. 
Any owner or keeper who requires the use of a disability assistance animal shall be exempt from the provisions of this section while such animal is being used for that purpose (e.g., Seeing Eye Dog).

§ 59-19 Violations and penalties.

[Added 12-29-1992 by Ord. No. 0-92-25]
Any person who violates any provision of this chapter shall upon conviction thereof be subject to the general penalties set forth in § 1-15 of this Code.

§ 59-20 Authorization of certified Animal Control Officer.

[Added 4-8-1998 by Ord. No. 0-98-7]
The Certified Animal Control Officer is authorized to investigate and sign complaints, arrest violators and otherwise act as an officer for detection, apprehension and arrest of offenders against the animal control, animal welfare and animal cruelty laws of the state and ordinances of Plainsboro Township, if the officer has completed the training required pursuant to Paragraph 4 of Subsection a of Section 3 of P.L. 1983, c.525 (N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.16a).