[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Lancaster as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Dogs
[Adopted 3-9-1992 by Ord. No. 1992-2]
This article repeals the ordinances specifically mentioned above and any other ordinances dealing with the handling of dogs adopted by the Board of Supervisors before the date of adoption of this article to the extent any such ordinances are inconsistent with the terms of this article. Any enforcement action, however, which has commenced or which may hereafter commence in response to conduct occurring before the effective date of this article may be brought, prosecuted or enforced under the terms of the ordinances which existed at the time the conduct occurred, and to the extent of such prosecution or enforcement, the said repealed ordinances shall remain in full force and effect.
Editor's Note: The prefatory material to this ordinance mentioned Ord. Nos. 58-4, 3-1986 and 2-1988.
The following terms shall have the meanings set forth in this section:
- Any person having a right of property or having custody of any dog or other animal governed by this article or any person who harbors or permits a dog or other animal governed by this article to remain on or around his or her property.
- PUBLIC PROPERTY or THE PROPERTY OF ANOTHER PERSON
- Any highway, street, alley, park, school, sidewalk or other land to which the public is invited or any property of any person other than the owner.
No owner shall permit any dog to be upon any public property or the property of another person unless the dog is accompanied by or under the immediate control of the owner.
No owner shall permit any dog or other animal to defecate upon any public property or the property of another person unless the owner immediately cleans up and removes the defecation and disposes of it in a sanitary manner. The provisions of this section shall not apply to a guide dog accompanying a blind person or otherwise assisting a person with a disability.
The owner of every dog shall keep the dog penned in a dwelling or other enclosure or securely tied in such a manner that the dog cannot walk or run on any public property or the property of another person.
Every owner of a dog shall keep the dog under sufficient control so as to prevent the dog from entering upon any public property or the property of another person without the owner's consent.
Every police officer is authorized to enforce this article. In addition, the Board of Supervisors may from time to time appoint one or more representatives of the township to enforce the terms of this article. Any police officer and any other person so authorized may seize a dog or other animal whose owner is violating the terms of this article and may dispose of such dog or other animal in accordance with law.
Any person violating any of the provisions of this article shall, upon conviction thereof before any District Justice, be sentenced to pay a fine in accordance with the following schedule and pay the costs of prosecution, and in default of the payment of the fine and costs, undergo imprisonment in the Lancaster County Prison for a period of not more than 10 days: