Editor's Note: The relevant statutory provisions are found in N.J.S.A. 4:19-15 et seq.
The following words and terms shall have the meanings herein indicated for the purposes of this chapter.
- Any dog, bitch or spayed bitch.
- DOG OF LICENSING AGE
- Any dog which has attained the age of seven months or which possesses a set of permanent teeth.
- Any person exercising control over a dog or permitting a dog to remain on premises under his control.
- Any establishment wherein or whereon the business of boarding or selling dogs or breeding dogs for sale is carried on, except a pet shop.
- When applied to the proprietorship of a dog, shall mean and include every person having a right of property in such dog and every person who has such dog in his keeping.
- PET SHOP
- Any room or group of rooms, cage or exhibition pen, not part of a kennel, wherein dogs for sale are kept or displayed.
- An establishment for the confinement of dogs seized either under the provisions of this chapter or otherwise.
- Any establishment where dogs are received, housed and distributed without charge.
- VICIOUS DOG
- Any dog which has been declared by a Municipal Judge to be a vicious dog, which has attacked or bitten any human being or which habitually attacks other dogs or domestic animals.
- Dog License Application
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License; When Required. Licenses shall be required for the following dogs of licensing age:
Any dog owned or kept within the city by a resident of the city on January 1 of any calendar year.
Any dog acquired by any person during the course of any calendar year and kept within the city for more than 10 days after acquisition.
Any dog attaining licensing age during the course of the calendar year.
Any unlicensed dog brought into the city by any person and kept within the city for more than 10 days.
Any dog licensed by another state brought into the city by any person and kept within the city for more than 90 days.
Application for License.
Each application for a license under this chapter shall give the following information:
Registration numbers shall be issued in the order in which applications are received.
Fees. Beginning January 15, 1989, the annual municipal dog license fee, and each renewal thereof, shall be fixed in the sum of $3.80, plus such additional charges as are payable to the State of New Jersey pursuant to N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.1 et seq. For each license purchased after February 28 of the licensing year, there shall be a late fee of $10. Said prescribed late fee of $10 shall not be charged until on or after March 31 of the licensing year.
Terms. All licenses issued shall expire on March 31 of each year.
Impoundment. Any unlicensed male or female dog that shall be found running at large upon any public highway, street, avenue, alley, park or other public place in the city at any time, and which the person owning, harboring, keeping or having charge of such dog is required by this chapter to prevent, shall forthwith be taken and impounded by the duly designated dogcatcher of the city and shall be kept and confined for a period of seven days next thereafter, and then shall be humanely destroyed or otherwise disposed of according to law, provided that, within the seven days, the dogcatcher or other person in charge of the lawful impoundment of such dog shall release the dog to the owner thereof upon payment of the sum of $15, plus $3 for each day that the dog is so impounded, in payment for the expense of securing and keeping the dog, which said sum shall be paid over and delivered to the dogcatcher or other person in charge of impoundment, day that the dog is so impounded, in payment of the expense for keeping the dog, which the sum shall be paid over and delivered to the dog catcher in payment for his services, upon application being made therefor to the city council.
Prohibited. Every person owning, harboring, keeping or having charge of any licensed or unlicensed male or female dog shall:
Prevent the dog from running-at-large upon any public highway, street, alley, park or other public place in the city at any time.
Prevent the dog from being on any public highway, street, avenue, alley, park or other public place in the city at any time, unless such dog be accompanied by a person and be securely confined and controlled by an adequate leash not more than six feet in length.
Prevent the dog from running-at-large in the city upon the lands or other real estate of any person without the consent of the owner of the lands or other real estate.
Prevent the dog from injuring or damaging any vegetable garden, flower garden, lawn, plant, tree, shrubbery, grounds or other property of any person other than the person owning, harboring, keeping or having charge of such a dog.
Prevent the dog from worrying, wounding, killing any sheep, lamb, domestic animal or poultry of any person other than the person owning, harboring, keeping or having charge of such a dog.
Complaint; Investigation; Report. It shall be the duty of the police department and the dog warden to receive and investigate complaints against dogs. If they deem any dog complained of to be a vicious dog, as defined in section 6-1, they shall report their findings in writing to the municipal judge.
Notice; Hearing. The municipal judge shall notify in writing the owner or keeper of an allegedly vicious dog that a complaint has been made and require such person to appear before him at a stated time and place for a hearing. The judge shall conduct the hearing in the same manner as he would conduct the trial of a criminal case. If the judge decides that the dog complained of is a vicious dog, he shall so notify the owner or keeper of the dog.
Control of Vicious Dogs. No person owning or keeping a vicious dog shall permit such dog to be off the property of the owner or keeper without being securely muzzled.
No person shall own, keep or harbor a dog in the city except in compliance with the provisions of this chapter and the following regulations.
Wearing of Registration. All dogs which are required by the provisions of this chapter to be licensed shall wear a collar or harness with the registration tag for such dog securely fastened thereto.
Use of Registration Tags. No person, except an officer in the performance of his duties, shall remove a registration tag from the collar of any dog without the consent of the owner, nor shall any person attach a registration tag to a dog for which it was not issued.
Interference with Official Duties. No person shall hinder, molest or interfere with anyone authorized or empowered to perform any duty under this chapter.
Disturbing the Peace. No person shall own, keep, harbor or maintain any dog which habitually barks or cries between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.
Running-at-Large. No person owning, keeping or harboring any dog shall suffer or permit it to run-at-large upon the public streets or in any public park, public buildings or other public place within the city.
Leashing of Dogs. No person owning, keeping or harboring any dog shall suffer or permit it to be upon the public streets or in any of the public places of the city unless such dog is accompanied by a person over the age of 12 years and is securely confined and controlled by an adequate leash not more than six feet long.
Property Damage. No person owning, keeping or harboring a dog shall permit or suffer it to do any injury, or to do any damage to any lawn, shrubbery, flowers, grounds or property.
Where it has been determined by a physician that a person has been bitten by a dog, such individual, or his parent or guardian if he is a minor, shall immediately notify the police or the health department. When the owner or keeper of any dog shall be notified by the health department that the dog has bitten any individual or individuals, the owner or keeper of the dog must comply with the following procedures:
Have the dog kept in quarantine in the owner's home or at a kennel for a period of 10 days. Any symptoms denoting rabies or any unusual behavior must be immediately reported to the health department.
At the end of 10 days have the dog examined by a veterinarian and a written report of the dog's state of health sent to the health department.
Collection of Moneys. The agent of the city duly empowered with the enforcement of this chapter shall retain all moneys received and collected and such moneys are a part of the payment for the services rendered to the municipality.
Power and Authority. The agent, upon being named by resolution, is empowered and authorized to carry out the provisions herein.
Municipality Harmless; Insurance. The agent shall save the municipality harmless for all actions at law, equity or otherwise and shall furnish for the protection of the municipality, such policies of public liability insurance as may be required in the judgment of the city council.
Interference; Unlawful Use of License or Tag. Any person who hinders, molests or interferes with any officer or agent of the city in the performance of any duty enjoined by this chapter, or uses a license tag on a dog for which it was not issued, or who owns or harbors without complying with the provisions of this chapter shall upon conviction before the municipal judge be subject to the penalties prescribed in section 6-8.
Any person who violates or fails or refuses to comply with section 6-2 shall be liable for a penalty of not less than $10 nor more than $50 for a first offense; not less than $50 nor more than $100 for a second offense; and not less than $75 nor more than $200 for a third or subsequent offense. For any other violation of this chapter, the general penalty clause (section 3-6) shall apply.