[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Evesham 2-19-1991 by Ord. No. 9-2-91. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- A dog or cat.
- ANIMAL CONTROL AUTHORITY
- Any person or agency designated or certified by the State of New Jersey to enforce the provisions of this chapter.
- Any member of the domestic feline species, male, female or altered.
- CAT OF LICENSING AGE
- Any cat which has attained the age of seven months or which possesses a set of permanent teeth.
- Any room or group of rooms, cage or exhibition pen, not part of a kennel, wherein cats for sale are kept or displayed.
- LICENSING AUTHORITY
- The agency or department of this municipality or any designated representative thereof charged with administering the issuance and/or revocation of permits and licenses under the provisions of this chapter.
- Rendered permanently incapable of reproduction as certified by a licensed veterinarian.
- When applied to the proprietorship of a cat, shall include every person having a right of property in such cat and every person who has such cat in his or her keeping or who harbors or maintains a cat or knowingly permits a cat to remain on or about any premises occupied by that person.
- Any individual, corporation. partnership, organization or institution commonly recognized by law as a unit.
No person shall own, keep, harbor or maintain any cat over seven months of age within Evesham Township unless such cat is vaccinated and licensed. The provisions of this section do not apply to cats held in a cattery or those held by a state or federal licensed research facility or a veterinary establishment where cats are received or kept for diagnostic, medical, surgical or other treatments or licensed animal shelters, pounds, kennels or pet shops.
All cats shall be vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian in accordance with the latest Compendium of Animal Rabies Vaccines and Recommendations for Immunization, published by the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians, except as provided for in Subsection D.
A certificate of vaccination shall be issued to the owner of each animal vaccinated on a form recommended by the state.
Any cat may be exempted from the requirements of such vaccination for a specified period of time by the local Board of Health upon presentation of a veterinarian's certificate stating that, because of an infirmity or other physical condition or regimen of therapy, the inoculation of such cat shall be deemed inadvisable.
Any person who shall own, keep or harbor a cat of licensing age shall, in the month of January of each year, apply for and procure from the Township Clerk a license and official registration tag with license number and shall place upon such cat a collar or other device with the license number securely fastened.
Any person who shall fail to procure a license and registration for any cat of licensing age by January 31 of any year shall pay a late fee in addition to the license and registration fee in accordance with the fee schedule contained in Chapter 72 of this Code. Said license, registration tag and renewal thereof shall expire on the last day of January of each year.
[Amended 3-21-2006 by Ord. No. 14-3-2006]
Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, any person who violates or who fails or refuses to comply with this chapter shall be liable to a penalty of not less than $50 nor more than $500, plus court costs up to $25 for each offense.