[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Hazlet as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Noise — See Ch. 288.
Article I Dogs
Article II Cats
[Adopted by the Board of Health 4-12-1972 (Ch. 335, Art. I, of the 1993 Code); amended in its entirety by the Township Committee at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
For the purposed of this article, the terms, phrases, words and their derivations used herein shall have the meanings provided in N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.1. When not inconsistent with the context, words used in the present tense include the future, words used in the plural number include the singular number, and words used in the singular number include the plural number. The word "shall" is always mandatory and not merely directory.
No dog of licensing age shall be allowed to be harbored in the Township without being licensed as provided in the following requirements:
Registration; license fees.
Annual registration. All dogs kept or harbored in the Township shall be annually registered as to sex, breed, name, address and telephone number, if any, of the owner, name of the dog and proof of rabies inoculation prior to such registration.
Nonpotentially dangerous dogs. A license fee of $15 shall be paid for each dog. Upon the presentation of a certificate signed by a licensed veterinarian stating that the dog has been spayed or neutered, the license fee shall be reduced to $12.
Potentially dangerous dogs. A license fee of $700 shall be paid for each dog.
Expiration date. Such licenses and registration tags shall expire on the last day of January in each year.
Pilot Clinic Fund. To provide funding for a pilot low-cost spay/neuter clinic for dogs and cats, as provided in N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.3c, the sum of $0.20 shall be added to the cost of a dog license.
Animal Population Control Fund. To provide funding for the Animal Population Control Fund as provided in N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.3b, there shall be collected, in addition to the license fees, the sum of $3 for any dog of reproductive age which has not had its reproductive capacity permanently altered through sterilization. The term "reproductive age" shall be interpreted as licensing age.
Registration tag; display; loss; renewal. Every dog registered and licensed in the Township shall be required to have the registration tag displayed in some manner on the dog at all times, and, in cases where the owner of such dog shall apply to the office of Health Services for a replacement registration tag, such tag shall be issued at a cost of $1 to the owner of the dog.
Time limit. The owner of any newly acquired dog of licensing age or any dog which attains licensing age shall apply for a license and registration tag within 10 days of such acquisition or age attainment.
Current New Jersey licenses honored; duplicate licenses. Any license registration for a dog obtained during the current licensing year in any city, borough or municipality of the State of New Jersey shall be honored by the Township for that year, and a duplicate Hazlet Township license shall be issued at a cost of $1 to the dog owner.
Penalty for late registration. A penalty of $5 shall be imposed after April 1 of any year for late registration of a dog and/or cat required for licensing prior to that date under any of the sections of this article.
[Amended 11-16-2015 by Ord. No. 1579-15]
Out-of-state dogs, licensed or unlicensed.
Licensed dogs. Any person who shall bring or cause to be brought into this state any dog licensed in another state for the current year, and bearing a registration tag, and shall keep or permit such dog to be kept within the state for a period of more than 90 days shall immediately apply for a license and registration tag for such dog in the Township unless the dog shall be licensed as part of a kennel.
Unlicensed dogs. Any person who shall bring or cause to be brought into this state any unlicensed dog and shall keep or permit the same to be kept within the state for a period of more than 10 days shall immediately apply for a license and registration tag for each such dog in the Township unless such dog shall be licensed as part of a kennel.
Kennels; pet shops; shelters. The provisions of N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.8 et seq. in regard to the proper licensing and registration of a kennel, pet shop, shelter or pound shall apply within the Township.
No dog shall run at large at any time within the limits of the Township.
No person owning a dog or having the care, custody or control of any dog shall suffer or permit such dog to be off the premises owned or in other manner in possession of such person, unless the dog is accompanied by a person at least 10 years of age and capable of controlling the dog which shall be on a leash not more than six feet long.
No dog owner shall allow the dog owned by him or her or in his or her care or custody, to disturb the peace of the Township by barking for a continued period of time in such a manner as to annoy the persons adjacent to his or her premises.
Dogs and other animals which are penned outside of the home shall be adequately housed in shelters of appropriate size for the size of the animals. Adequate food and water shall be provided for the animals.
No person owning, harboring, keeping or in charge of any pet shall cause, suffer or allow such pet to soil, defile, defecate on or commit any nuisance on any common thoroughfare, sidewalk, passageway, bypath, play area, park, school ground or any place where people congregate or walk or upon any public or private property without the permission of the owner of the property. The restriction is this section shall not apply to the street right-of-way, except for sidewalk, from property line to property line which shall be used to curb such pet under the following conditions:
The person who so curbs a pet shall immediately remove all feces deposited by such pet by any sanitary method approved by the Monmouth County Board of Health.
The feces removed from the aforementioned designated area shall be disposed of by the person owning, harboring, keeping or in charge of any per curbed in accordance with provisions of this article in a sanitary manner approved by the Monmouth County Board of Health.
No person shall own, harbor or be in charge of a dog or other animal shall allow such dog or other animal to do any injury or damage to any lawn, shrubbery, flowers, grounds, trees or any property belonging to anyone other than the owner or person having the care or custody of such dog or other animal.
A female dog in heat shall be confined to the house or a pen. When she is walked or exercised, she must be on a leash and controlled by a responsible adult. During the period a female dog is in heat, such dog shall not be chained or tied in an open yard or area at any time.
No more than four dogs of licensing age shall be kept, maintained or harbored at one time for any length of time in any residential housing unit or on its grounds or in any business establishment or on its grounds. This restriction shall not apply to properly licensed kennels, pet shops, pounds and shelters.
No person shall own, harbor or keep any wild animals, including but not limited to skunks, raccoons and foxes, as pets unless said animal is purchased from a duly certified pet shop and/or an appropriate state or federal agency.
The Township Committee hereby adopts and makes part of this article and adopts by reference the provisions of N.J.S.A. 4:22-15 et seq. as pertain to cruelty to animals occurring within the jurisdiction of the Township with the exception that penalties imposed for municipal prosecution under this article shall be in accordance with § 133-16 of this article.
Dogs running at large. Any dog found running at large in the Township shall be taken into custody by any member of the Police Department or any person authorized by the Township Committee to enforce the provisions of this article. Such dog shall be impounded according to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.16.
Fees and charges. The owner or custodian of any dog or other animal impounded within the provisions of this article shall be subject to the following provisions:
A fee of $25 shall be paid to redeem the dog or other animal so impounded on first offense, plus a fee of $4 per day for the care and feeding of the dog or other animal so impounded.
The charge for redemption shall be $35 for the second offense, $50 for the third offense and $100 for the fourth offense and all subsequent offenses, together with the daily charges incurred, provided that such offenses occur within a period of two calendar years from the date of the first offense.
Dog return requirements. No dog shall be returned to the owner or claimant of such dog unless the dog shall have a current license and the owner or claimant has complied with the rabies inoculation requirements as hereinafter provided and has paid the proper fees required.
The Township Committee shall have the power to appoint a Animal Control Officer, or Animal Control Officers for the purpose of enforcement of the provisions of this article. The Township Committee shall further have the power to enter into contract with such Animal Control Officer or Animal Control Officers for the exercise of such duties as it shall deem necessary for the enforcement of the provisions of this article. The Township Committee shall have the power to make all decisions necessary in the hiring of enforcement officers.
Police officer; judgment; authorization. When, in the judgment of any officer of the Police Department of the Township, any dog or other animal shall be considered dangerous and an immediate threat to humans or other animal life or property, such officer is authorized to kill such animal for the protection of any person or property.
Dogs shall be deemed vicious or potentially dangerous in accordance with P.L. 1989, c. 307 (N.J.S.A. 4:19-17 et seq.).
Except as provided in N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.19, any person who shall violate any provision of this article shall be subject to a fine of not less than $25 or more than $100 for the first offense, and not less than $50 for the second offense and any offenses incurred thereafter.
[Adopted 12-27-1989 as Ch. BH-XII of the 1982 Revised General Ordinances (Ch. 335, Art. II of the 1993 Code)]
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Dog or cat.
- ANIMAL CONTROL AUTHORITY
- Any person or agency designated or certified by the State of New Jersey to enforce the provisions of this article.
- Any member of the domestic feline species; male, female or altered.
- CAT OF LICENSING AGE
- Any cat which has attained the age of seven months or which possesses a set of permanent teeth.
- Any room or group of rooms, cage or exhibition pen, not part of a kennel, wherein cats for sale are kept or displayed.
- LICENSING AUTHORITY
- The agency or department of Hazlet Township or any designated representative thereof charged with administering the issuance and/or revocation of permits and licenses under the provisions of this article.
- Rendered permanently incapable of reproduction as certified by a licensed veterinarian.
- When applied to the proprietorship of a cat, includes every person having a right of property (or custody) in such cat and every person who has such cat in his or her keeping or who harbors or maintains a cat or knowingly permits a cat to remain on or about any premises occupied by that person.
- Any individual, corporation, partnership, organization or institution commonly recognized by law as a unit.
Vaccination and license requirements. No person shall own, keep, harbor or maintain any cat over seven months of age within Hazlet Township, unless such cat is vaccinated and licensed. The provisions of this section do not apply to cats held in a cattery or those held by a state or federal licensed research facility or a veterinary establishment where cats are received or kept for diagnostic, medical, surgical or other treatments or licensed animal shelters, pounds, kennels or pet shops.
Vaccination. All cats shall be vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian in accordance with the latest Compendium of Animal Rabies Vaccines and Recommendations for Immunization, published by the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians, except as provided for in Subsection D.
Vaccination certificate. A certificate of vaccination shall be issued to the owner of each animal vaccinated on a form recommended by the state.
Exemptions. Any cat may be exempted from the requirements of such vaccination for a specified period of time by the Monmouth County Health Department, upon presentation of a veterinarian's certificate stating that, because of an infirmity or other physical condition or regimen of therapy, the inoculation of such cat shall be deemed inadvisable.
Cats must have license number displayed. Any person who shall own, keep or harbor a cat of licensing age shall annually apply for and procure from the Clerk of the municipality or other official designated by the governing body thereof to license cats in the municipality in which he or she resides a license and official registration tag with license number or a registration sleeve for each cat so owned, kept or harbored and shall place upon such cat a collar or other device with the license number securely fastened or displayed thereto. Acceptable methods of displaying license number shall include, but are not limited to, breakaway or elastic collars. License tags or sleeves are not transferable.
Time for applying for license. The owner of any newly acquired cat of licensing age or of any cat which attains licensing age shall make application for license tag or sleeve for such cat within 10 days after such acquisition or age attainment. This requirement will not apply to a nonresident keeping a cat within Hazlet Township for no longer than 90 days.
Cats brought into jurisdiction.
Any person who shall bring or cause to be brought into Hazlet Township any cat licensed in another state for the current year and bearing registration tag or sleeve and shall keep the same or permit the same to be kept within Hazlet Township for a period of more than 90 days shall immediately apply for a license and registration tag or sleeve for each such cat.
Any person who shall bring or cause to be brought into Hazlet Township any unlicensed cat and shall keep the same or permit the same to be kept within Hazlet Township for a period of more than 10 days shall immediately apply for a license and registration tag or sleeve for each such cat.
Application; contents; preservation of information. The application shall state the breed, sex, age, color and markings of the cat for which license and registration are sought and whether it is of long- or shorthaired variety; also the name, street and post office address of the owner, and the person who shall keep or harbor such cat. The information on said application and the registration number issued for the cat shall be preserved for a period of three years by Hazlet Health Services or other local official designated to license cats in the municipality.
License forms and tags. License forms and official tags or sleeves shall be furnished by the municipality and shall be numbered serially and shall bear the year of issuance and the name of the municipality.
Evidence of inoculation with rabies vaccine or certification of exemption; requirement for license. Hazlet Health Services or other official designated by the governing body of any municipality to license cats therein shall not grant any such license and official registration tag or sleeve for any cat unless the owner thereof provides evidence that the cat to be licensed and registered has been inoculated with a rabies vaccine of a type approved by and administered in accordance with the recommendations of the United States Department of Agriculture and the United States Department of Human Services or has been certified exempt as provided by § 480-19 of this article. The rabies inoculation shall be administered by a duly licensed veterinarian or by such other veterinarian permitted by law to do the same.
License fee schedule.
Persons who fail to obtain a license as required within the time period specified in this section will be subject to a delinquent fee of $5.
Fees; renewals; expiration date of license.
Licenses from another municipality shall be accepted. The person applying for the license and registration tag and/or sleeve shall pay the fee fixed or authorized. The fee for the renewal of license and registration tag or sleeve shall be the same as for the original, and said license, registration tag or sleeve and renewal thereof shall expire on January 31 in the following year.
Only one license and registration tag or sleeve shall be required in the licensing year for any cat in Hazlet Township. Any valid New Jersey license tag or sleeve issued by a New Jersey municipality shall be accepted by this municipality as evidence of compliance.
Loss of license. If a license tag or sleeve has been misplaced or lost, Hazlet Health Services or other official designated by the governing body to license cats may issue a duplicate license and/or registration sleeve for that particular cat at a fee of $1.
Proof of licensing. Proof of licensing shall be produced by any person owning, keeping, maintaining or harboring a cat, upon the request of any health official, police officer, animal control officer or other authorized person.
No more than four cats of licensing age shall be kept, maintained or harbored at one time for any length of time in any residential housing unit or on its grounds or in any business establishment or on its grounds.
Any cat found running at large in the Township shall be apprehended and impounded by the enforcing agent of the Township Committee upon complaint of any citizen.
No person shall hinder, molest or interfere with anyone authorized or empowered to perform any duty under this article.
License fees and other moneys collected or received under the provisions of this article shall be forwarded to the Chief Financial Officer of the municipality, and shall be placed in a special account separate from any other accounts of the municipality and shall be used for the following purposes only:
Collecting, keeping and disposing of cats liable to seizure.
Local prevention and control of rabies.
Administering the provisions of this article.
Any unexpected balance remaining in such special account shall be retained until the end of the third fiscal year following, and may be used for any of the purposes set forth in this section. At the end of said third fiscal year following and at the end of each fiscal year thereafter there shall be transferred from such special account to the general funds of the municipality any amount then in such account which is in excess of the total amount paid into the special account during the last two fiscal years next preceding.
Except as otherwise provided in this article, any person who violates or who fails or refuses to comply with this article shall be liable to a penalty of not less than $25 nor more than $100 for each offense, to be recovered by and in the name of the Monmouth County Health Department or by and in the name of the municipality.