[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of East Cocalico as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 12-23-1987 by Ord. No. 1987-13]
The acts prohibited herein are hereby declared to constitute a public nuisance which, unless controlled, constitutes a serious threat to the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of East Cocalico Township.
For the purposes of this article the following definitions shall apply:
- Includes the storage, collection, disposal, burying or handling of dead animals, including fowl.
- Any person who alone or jointly or severally with others:
- A. Shall have legal title to any property, dwelling or dwelling unit, with or without accompanying actual possession thereof; or
- B. Shall have charge, care, or control of any property, dwelling or dwelling unit, as owner or agent of the owner, or an executor, administrator, trustee, or guardian of the estate of the owner. Any such person thus representing the actual owner shall be bound to comply with the provisions of this article and of the rules and regulations adopted pursuant thereto, to the same extent as if he were the owner.
- A rodent, arthropod, or insect capable of transmitting a disease or infection. Vectors shall include, but not be limited to, rats, mosquitoes, cockroaches, flies, ticks, fleas, etc.
It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, corporation or owner of any property to dispose of any dead animals, including fowl, upon any public or private lot, or in or upon any ravine, ditch, gutter, stream, pond, or into any of the waters of the commonwealth so that the same shall or may afford food, harborage, or breeding areas for rats, flies, mosquitoes, or other vectors.
It shall be unlawful to dump, burn, bury, destroy or otherwise dispose of dead animals, including fowl, in such a manner as to foster the propagation of vectors.
Any person who violates or permits a violation of this article shall, upon conviction in a summary proceeding brought before a Magisterial District Judge under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, be guilty of a summary offense and shall be punishable by a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000, plus costs of prosecution. In default of payment thereof, the defendant may be sentenced to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days. Each day or portion thereof that such violation continues or is permitted to continue shall constitute a separate offense, and each section of this article that is violated shall also constitute a separate offense.