Township of Kingston, PA
Luzerne County
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[Ord. 94-11, 7/13/1994, § 1]
Any animal which scratches, digs or defecates upon any lawn, tree, shrub, plant, building or other public or private property, other than the property of the owner or person in charge or control of such animal is hereby declared to be a nuisance.
[Ord. 94-11, 7/13/1994, § 2]
No person, having possession, custody or control of any animal, shall knowingly or negligently permit any dog or other animal to commit any nuisance upon any gutter, street, driveway, curb or sidewalk in the Township, or upon the floors or stairways of any building or place frequented by the public, or used in common by the tenants, or upon the outside walls, walkways, driveways, curbs or stairways of any building abutting on a public street or park, or upon the grounds of any public park or public area, or upon any private property other than the property of the owner of such animal.
[Ord. 94-11, 7/13/1994, § 3]
Any person having possession, custody or control of any dog or other animal which commits a nuisance in any area other than the private property of the owner of such dog or other animal, as prohibited in § 102, shall be required to immediately remove the said feces from such surface and carry the feces in a nonleaking container.
[Ord. 94-11, 7/13/1994, § 4]
It shall be illegal within the Township of Kingston for any person or persons to own, possess, harbor or control any dog or animal which makes any noise continuously and/or incessantly for a period of 10 minutes, or make such noise intermittently for 30 minutes or more, to the disturbance of any person any time of the day or night, regardless of whether the animal or dog is physically situated in or upon private property, said noise being a nuisance; provided, that at the time the animal or dog is making such noise, no person is trespassing or threatening to trespass upon private property in or upon which the animal or dog is situated, nor is there any other legitimate cause which justifiably provoked the animal or dog.
[Ord. 94-11, 7/13/1994, § 5]
The provisions of §§ 101, 102 and 103 shall not apply to a guide dog accompanying any blind person, or to a dog used to assist any other physically handicapped person.
[Ord. 94-11, 7/13/1994, § 6; as amended by Ord. 97-3, 11/12/1997]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this Part, upon conviction thereof in an action brought before a district justice in the manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days. Each day that a violation of this Part continues or each Section of this Part which shall be found to have been violated shall constitute a separate offense.
[Ord. 1985-1, 2/13/1985]
As used in this Part, the following terms, shall have the meanings indicated, unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context:
ANIMAL
Any domestic animal or fowl, any wild animal or any household pet.
DOMESTIC ANIMAL
Any animal normally or ordinarily domesticated or raised in this area and climate as livestock or for work or breeding purposes, or normally or ordinarily kept as a household pet.
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 wild or domestic animal of the bovine, equine or sheep family.
PERSON
Any person, firm, partnership, association, or corporation.
SMALL ANIMAL
Any wild or domestic animal such as a rabbit, hare, guinea pig, rat, mouse, or chinchilla; and any wild or domestic fowl such as a chicken, turkey, goose, duck, or pigeon (excepting homing pigeons).
WILD ANIMAL
Any animal, including 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 capable of being kept as a household pet.
In this Part, the singular shall include the plural, the plural shall include the singular, and the masculine shall Include the feminine.
[Ord. 1985-1, 2/13/1985]
It shall be unlawful for any person to keep any pigs, hogs or swine at any place within the Township, except those areas zoned for agriculture.
[Ord. 1985-1, 2/13/1985]
It shall be unlawful for any person to keep any domestic animals, except household pets, except as provided in this section:
1. 
Such animals shall be confined to areas zoned for agriculture.
2. 
Large animals shall be confined in quarters no part of which shall be closer than 100 feet from the exterior limits of any dwelling or of any property line.
3. 
Small animals shall be kept confined In quarters no part of which shall be closer than 25 feet from the exterior limits of any dwelling or of any property line.
4. 
The keeper of every such animal shall confine the same in an enclosure sufficient to prevent such animal from running at large, and such enclosure shall be of a size conducive to good sanitary practices and adequate and sanitary drainage facilities shall be provided.
5. 
Every keeper of any animal shall cause the litter and droppings therefrom to be collected daily in a container or receptacle that when closed shall be rat-proof and fly-tight, 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 manner as not to permit the presence of fly larvae.
6. 
Every keeper of any animal shall cause all feed provided therefor to be stored and kept in a rat-proof and fly-tight building, box, container, or receptacle.
[Ord. 1985-1, 2/13/1985; as amended by Ord. 1992-1, 2/12/1992, 52]
It shall be unlawful for any person to keep any household pet, except as provided in this section:
1. 
If any such pet shall be kept in a dwelling owned or occupied by its owner, such owner 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 insure 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.
2. 
If any such pet shall be kept in an enclosure outside such dwelling, the provisions of § 203 of this Part, insofar as the same applies to small animals, shall be applicable to the keeping of such household pet.
3. 
No household shall contain more than five household pets*
4. 
All household pets must be kept from running at large and the owner shall prevent the household pet from causing any damage of any nature to public or private property.
[Ord. 1985-1, 2/13/1985]
Any violation of this Part that would also violate any state law shall be prosecuted under that state law and not under this Part.
[Ord. 1985-1, 2/13/1985; as amended by Ord. 97-3, 11/12/1997]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this Part, upon conviction thereof in an action brought before a district justice in the manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days. Each day that a violation of this Part continues or each Section of this Part which shall be found to have been violated shall constitute a separate offense.