City of Harrisburg, PA
Dauphin County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Harrisburg by Ord. No. 6-1995. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Keeping pigeons prohibited: see § 6-311.10.
Keeping swine, cattle, farm animals or exotic animals: see § 6-311.9.

§ 6-315.1 Disposal of diseased animals.

Any animal within the City suffering from any disease communicable to man shall be disposed of as provided in this chapter.

§ 6-315.2 Method of disposition.

The body of any animal or fowl dead of any disease, or killed on account of a diseased condition, shall be incinerated, rendered into tankage, or otherwise disposed of in such a manner as not to constitute a nuisance or hazard to the public health; the body of any dead animal shall not be buried within the City limits.

§ 6-315.3 Reports of diseased animals or fowl.

Every person shall promptly report to the Health Officer any animal or fowl ill with, or suspected of being ill with, any disease communicable to humans. Failure to make such a report shall be a violation of this Public Health Code.
An investigation shall be made by the Health Officer of all reported or suspected cases of disease communicable to humans in animals or fowl, and all possible precautions shall be taken to prevent the spread of any such disease among other animals or fowl or its communication to humans.

§ 6-315.4 Rendering plants.

No person shall operate a rendering plant within the City without first obtaining a license from the Health Officer and approval of the Zoning Hearing Board and all other City and state agencies, as applicable.[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1-303).
In applying for a license, the applicant shall submit detailed plans for the rendering plant, describing its proposed location, construction, equipment, water supply, and sewage and refuse disposal facilities and such other information as may be required by the Health Officer, as well as all other permits and approvals required under City ordinances and all other laws.
If after investigation the Health Officer is satisfied that such a plant can be operated without detriment to the health and safety of the public, he or she shall issue a license therefor, which license shall be issued after an annual inspection and shall be effective so long as the plant is operated in accordance with law, ordinances of the City and this Public Health Code. The annual fee for the issuance of such a license shall be $100.

§ 6-315.5 Transportation of dead animals or offal. [1]

The hauling of any dead animal or of offal for disposal in a rendering plant shall be in a vehicle with a watertight floor, a watertight cover, and sides capable of being washed and scrubbed to eliminate any offensive material, and said vehicle shall be kept in a clean condition.
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1-303).

§ 6-315.6 Products.

All grease and other products of a rendering plant not utilized in fertilizers but packed for use in, or transportation to, some other locality shall be branded, marked, tagged or otherwise identified on every package with a conspicuous label, boldly printed as follows: "Inedible __________ of Dead Animals," with the name of the product to appear in the space left blank.

§ 6-315.7 Disposal of bodies of animals.

No person shall leave in or throw into any street, alley, stream, water supply, or public or private property, or leave exposed or partially buried, the whole or any part of any dead, sick or injured animal, nor shall any person dispose of any dead animal or keep any sick or injured animal in a place where the same might be dangerous to life or detrimental to the health of any persons.

§ 6-315.8 Bringing animal parts into City.

No person shall bring, or cause to be brought, into the City any hides, bones, peltry, or any other parts of animals that might serve as an attraction to or a breeding place for insects or other vectors or infections or which may in any way endanger the public health.

§ 6-315.9 Separate storage facilities.

No hides, bones or other offensive material shall be kept in any refrigerator or cold storage area of any store, meat market, slaughterhouse, or other establishment where meat is hung or stored.

§ 6-315.10 Killing and sale of fowl.

No person shall sell or offer for sale live poultry or fowl, or kill any such fowl on any sidewalk, street or public place within the City, except that killed and dressed fowl may be sold in public markets and stores.

§ 6-315.11 Restraint of animals.

All animals, except domestic pets, shall be kept within the limits of the owner's property by fence, leash or other suitable restraint. Domestic pets shall be kept within the limits of the owner's property, except when accompanied by and under the control of a person.

§ 6-315.12 Disposal of offal.

Pet offal and bedding shall be placed in a small carton sealed or tied and placed with rubbish.

§ 6-315.13 Keeping and/or releasing of poisonous creatures and nonpoisonous constrictors.

The keeping of nonpoisonous snakes of any kind, except in enclosed cages of adequate size, and the keeping and/or releasing of nonpoisonous constrictors and poisonous creatures of any kind is declared a nuisance prejudicial to the public health and is prohibited. An exception to the keeping of poisonous creatures of any kind or nonpoisonous constrictors is created for the purpose of using such poisonous creatures and nonpoisonous constrictors for educational enrichment. The keeping of such poisonous creatures and nonpoisonous constrictors shall be permitted by bona fide educational institutions and by municipal and/or zoological parks.
The possession or release of nonpoisonous constrictors or poisonous creatures of any kind shall constitute a summary offense.

§ 6-315.14 (Reserved) [1]

Editor's Note: Former § 6-315.14, Voiding animal excrement, which derived from Ord. No. 27-1986, was repealed at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1-303). See §§ 3-505.2D and E and 10-301.28.

§ 6-315.99 Penalty. [1]

Any person who violates the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to Chapter 6-103, Enforcement and Penalty, of these Codified Ordinances.
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1-303).