Borough of East Lansdowne, PA
Delaware County
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§ 2-101 Definitions.

[Ord. 365, 8/20/1984, § 2]
OWNER
When applied to the proprietorship of a dog or cat shall include every person having a right of proprietorship in such dog or cat and every person who keeps or harbors such cat or dog or has it in his care, and every person who permits such cat or dog to remain, on a regular basis, on or about any premises occupied by him.
KENNEL
Shall mean any establishment wherein dogs are kept for the purpose of breeding, boarding, sale or show.

§ 2-102 Kennels.

[Ord. 365, 8/20/1984, § 3]
The keeping of kennels, as defined herein, is specifically prohibited in the Borough of East Lansdowne.

§ 2-103 Licensing.

[Ord. 365, 8/20/1984, § 4]
No person shall own, keep or harbor any dog within the Borough limits unless such dog is licensed as required by Act. No. 437 of 1965 by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or its amendments.

§ 2-104 Tag and Collar.

[Ord. 365, 8/20/1984, § 6]
Upon complying with the provisions of § 103 of this Part, every owner is required to see that the current license tag is securely fastened to the dog's chain, collar, or harness which must be worn by the dog at all times, unless the dog, while accompanied by the owner, is engaged in some sport or activity where a collar might endanger the dog's safety.

§ 2-105 Confinement and Restraint.

[Ord. 365, 8/20/1984, § 6]
The owner or keeper of every dog shall keep such dog:
A. 
Confined within an enclosure from which it cannot escape;
B. 
Firmly secured by means of a collar and chain or other device so that it cannot stray beyond the premises on which it is secured;
C. 
Under the reasonable restraint and control of some person;
D. 
When engaged in lawful hunting, to be accompanied by an owner or handler;
E. 
The owner shall keep his dog under restraint in some form defined by this section, and shall not permit such dog to be at large, off the premises or property of the owner, unless on a leash and under the control of a competent person; and
F. 
It shall be unlawful for the owner of any dog to not have such animal confined or restrained, and to permit such animals to run at large, to cause annoyance to persons or damage to persons or property, trespass upon, litter, or deface any premises, pavement, grass plots or public highways within the Borough.

§ 2-106 Duty of Police Officer or Special Agent.

[Ord. 365, 8/20/1984, § 7]
It shall be the duty of each police officer, special officer or agent designated by the Borough to seize and detain any dog causing annoyance to persons or property within the Borough by running at large, without restraint, or unaccompanied by its owner. Such police officer, special officer or agent is hereby authorized to go upon any premises and enter any building to seize and detain any such dog which has entered such premises or building when such police officer, special officer or agent is in immediate pursuit.

§ 2-107 Impoundment and Redemption Procedures.

[Ord. 365, 8/20/1984, § 8; as amended by Ord. 416, 4/22/1991]
1. 
Impoundment Procedures. All dogs seized under the provisions of this Part shall be impounded in a licensed kennel.
A. 
Licensed Dogs. Owners of licensed dogs are to be notified by registered or certified mail, with return receipt, that the dog is impounded and will be disposed of in five days if not claimed. Five days after the return receipt has been received, and the dog has not been claimed, the dog may be sold or destroyed in accordance with the 1982 Dog Law.
B. 
Unlicensed Dogs. Unlicensed dogs that are seized are to be held in such kennel for 48 hours and if not claimed may be destroyed in accordance with the 1982 Dog Law.
Any dog impounded under the provisions of this Part and not reclaimed by its owner after the expiration of its legal detention period shall become the property of the Borough and may be disposed of at the discretion of the appropriate enforcement officer either by sale, gift or by destruction in a humane manner.
2. 
Redemption Procedures. The owner of any licensed dog so detained shall be entitled to resume possession of said dog upon the payment of an apprehension fine of $25 dollars and all impounding fees and expenses incurred by the Borough by reason of its detention.
The owner of any unlicensed dog so detained shall be entitled to resume possession of said dog only upon compliance with the licensing procedures of § 103 of this Part and upon payment of an apprehension fine of $25 and all impounding fees and expenses incurred by the Borough by reason of its detention.

§ 2-108 Authorization to Issue Citation.

[Ord. 365, 8/20/1984, § 9]
In the event that the appropriate enforcement officer, including police officers of the Borough, for any reason is unable to impound a dog found running at large, as set forth in § 107 above, that officer shall issue a citation to the owner or owners of said dog for violation of this Part.

§ 2-109 Dog Defecation.

[Ord. 365, 8/20/1984, § 10]
1. 
No dog owner and/or a person having possession, custody or control of a dog, shall allow said dog to defecate upon the gutter, street, driveway, alley, curb or sidewalk in the Borough, or upon 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, alleys, curbs or stairways of any building abutting on the public street or park, upon the grounds of any public area, or upon private property other than the property of the owner.
2. 
Any dog owner or a person having possession, custody or control of a dog which defecates in any area other than the private property of the owner of such dog as prohibited in subsection 1 above, shall be required to immediately remove the said feces from such surfaces and either:
A. 
Carry same away for deposit in a toilet, or
B. 
Place same in a non-leaking container for deposit in a trash or litter receptacle.
3. 
It shall be the duty of each police officer of the Borough to follow up on complaints registered by residents in connection with the unlawful dog defecation and issue citations to dog owners who refuse to remedy the problem as set forth in § 109.2 of this Part.
4. 
It will be unlawful for a dog owner to allow dog defecation to accumulate on his property to the point it becomes a health hazard and/or public nuisance.
Every keeper of any dog shall cause the 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 droppings so collected to be disposed of in such manner as not to permit the presence of fly larvae.
5. 
Failure of any such owner to properly curb and restrain his dog or cat shall subject him to penalties provided by this Part.

§ 2-110 Dog Barking and Cat Crying.

[Ord. 365, 8/20/1984, § 11]
1. 
No person shall allow their dog(s) to bark, or cat to cry, or create an auditory disturbance, where such barking, crying or disturbance becomes a nuisance to residents of the Borough.
2. 
Any person(s) to whom the dog barking or cat crying or disturbance has become a nuisance must sign a private complaint to be filed with the local District Justice, naming the offending dog or cat owner and the circumstances surrounding the disturbance.

§ 2-111 Enforcement.

[Ord. 365, 8/20/1984, § 12]
The Borough Council shall have the authority to appoint a special officer, officers, agent or agents to enforce the provisions of this Part. Such special officer, officers, agent or agents, shall be under the jurisdiction of the Chief of Police of the Borough.

§ 2-112 Interference.

[Ord. 365, 8/20/1984, § 13]
It shall be unlawful for any person to interfere with any officer or agent in the enforcement of this Part.

§ 2-113 Prosecutions.

[Ord. 365, 8/20/1984, § 14; as amended by Ord. 401, 7/11/1988; and by Ord. 416, 4/22/1991]
Any owner who shall permit his cat or dog to run at large, without restraint, to cause annoyance to persons or damage to persons or property, to trespass upon, litter or deface any premises, pavement, grass plot or public highway, contrary to the provisions hereof, shall, upon conviction in a proceeding before a District Justice of this Borough, be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $25 nor more than $600, plus costs, and in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 30 days.

§ 2-201 Unlawful to Keep Fowl.

[Ord. 144, 9/14/1942, § 1]
That from and after the passage of this Part, it shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation, to raise, confine, keep or maintain live chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, or other fowl, in any built-up residential section or district of the Borough.

§ 2-201A Keeping of Farm Animals and Livestock Prohibited.

[Ord. 567, 5/12/2014]
1. 
From and after the passage of this Part, it shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to raise, confine, keep or maintain live farm animals and/or livestock, including, but not limited to, goats, pigs, cattle, sheep, horses, etc., in any district of the Borough.
2. 
Any person having said animals at the time of enactment shall have a thirty-day period after passage to come into compliance with this Part.
3. 
Persons not bringing their properties into compliance within 30 days and/or persons bringing prohibited animals into the Borough shall be subject to the penalties set forth in § 202.

§ 2-202 Penalty.

[Ord. 144, 9/14/1942, § 2; as amended by Ord. 401, 7/11/1988; and by Ord. 416, 4/22/1991]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this Part, shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $5 and not more than $600, plus costs, and in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 30 days. Each day that a violation of this Part continues shall constitute a separate offense.