Township of Montville, NJ
Morris County
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[Adopted by Ord. No. 2004-20 (Ch. 12.39 of the 1998 Code)]
[Amended 10-9-2007 by Ord. No. 2007-43]
No person shall allow a dog to run at large in or upon any public building, public facility, turfed area, playground or pedestrian walkway of any public school, public park or other public recreation area within the Township except in the Montville Township dog park in designated areas where dogs may run off leash. Dogs on a leash shall be permitted in public parks in all areas except playgrounds. Any person owning, harboring, keeping or in charge of any dog shall be responsible to immediately remove any dog waste in accordance with § 91-23.
[Amended 4-25-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-19; 9-27-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-19; 12-13-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-34]
For the purposes of this article, "designated areas" shall be defined as the "Montville Township Dog Park."
A. 
Rules and regulations.
(1) 
Use at your own risk. Dog owners are responsible and liable for the actions and behavior of their dogs at all times. Montville Township shall not provide supervision during dog park operating hours.
(2) 
Dog owners must certify that their homeowner's or renter's insurance has liability coverage.
(3) 
All dogs must have current rabies, distemper and parvo vaccinations. All dogs must also have a negative fecal test. It is recommended that dogs be on a flea and heartworm preventive medication.
(4) 
Dog owners must not bring a dog that is ill.
(5) 
All dogs must wear a current valid license tag and a Montville Township current valid dog park permit tag.
(6) 
Dog owners must contact the Montville Township Health Department to apply for a dog park permit.
(7) 
Dog park passes are not transferable to other dogs.
(8) 
Limit of two dogs per adult.
(9) 
Dogs must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older at all times.
(10) 
Dogs must be kept on a leash until inside the gated area.
(11) 
No puppies younger than six months old are permitted in the dog park.
(12) 
No children under the age of eight are allowed inside the fence; all children must be accompanied at all times by an adult 18 years or older.
(13) 
Owners are required to clean up after their dog. Waste bags are provided.
(14) 
Dogs must be removed from the park at the first sign of aggression. Continued display of aggression by any dog may result in revocation of membership at the discretion of the Township Health Officer.
(15) 
Female dogs must be spayed and male dogs neutered.
(16) 
All dog bites shall immediately be reported to the Montville Township Police Department and the Montville Township Health Department.
(17) 
No food allowed (except water in plastic bottles). Play items must be removed when leaving.
(18) 
Small dog park is limited to dogs weighing 35 pounds or lighter and no more than 18 inches in height, measured from the front shoulder. Large dog park is open to dogs of all sizes.
(19) 
The park may be closed for maintenance without prior notice.
(20) 
No smoking allowed on the entire grounds of the dog park, including any areas outside of the park fence and the parking lot. This includes cigarettes, e-cigarettes, vapor devices, cigars, pipes, and any other type of smoking material or device.
(21) 
Hours. Open during daylight hours only.
(22) 
Any person who fails to comply with the rules and regulations contained in this article may receive a summons to court.
(23) 
Upon receipt of formal written documentation, any dog that has bitten or has shown aggressive behavior towards a person or another dog on the premises of the dog park may, at the discretion of the Health Officer, have their dog park membership subject to immediate and permanent revocation. Should membership be revoked, a letter will be sent to the dog owner advising them of such, and the owner shall return their dog park tag(s) to the Montville Township Health Department at their earliest convenience.
[Amended 4-25-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-19; 2-24-2009 by Ord. No. 2009-05; 9-27-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-19]
A. 
Dog park passes must be renewed annually and expire on the last day of March of each year.
B. 
No refund will be made on any dog park pass before the expiration of that pass, or any entry fee, due to the death of the dog, removal from the Township of the dog, or the revocation of membership of the dog by the Health Officer.
C. 
Any dog adopted after April 1, 2006, from the Montville Township Animal Shelter shall receive free membership rights for the life of the dog, provided the owner provides yearly membership documentation and received a valid membership tag through the Montville Township Department of Health.
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Editor's Note: See Ch. 169, Fee Schedule, for fees for dog park passes.
[Amended 2-28-2006 by Ord. No. 2006-09; 9-27-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-19]
Any person, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this article shall be subject to such penalties as are provided for in Chapter 1, Article III, General Penalty. Each and every day that a violation of this article is found to exist shall constitute a unique and separate violation of this article.
[Added 9-27-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-19]
All ordinances or parts of ordinances inconsistent with this article are hereby repealed to the extent of such inconsistencies.
[Added 9-27-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-19]
If any section, subsection, sentence, clause, phrase or portion of this article is for any reason deemed invalid or unconstitutional by any court of competent jurisdiction, such portion shall be deemed a separate, distinct and independent provision, and such holding shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions hereof.
[Added 9-27-2016 by Ord. No. 2016-19]
This article shall take effect upon final passage in accordance with law.