Borough of Hamburg, PA
Berks County
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[Ord. 474, 8/1/1977; as revised by Ord. 680, 12/28/1998]
As used in this Part, the following terms shall have the meaning indicated, unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context:
OWNER
Any person having a right of property in any dog or having custody of any dog, or any person who harbors or permits a dog to remain on or around his or her property.
RUNNING AT LARGE
Being upon any public highway, street, alley, park, or any other public land, or upon property of another person other than the owner, and not being accompanied by or under the control of the owner or any other person having custody of said dog.
[Ord. 474, 8/1/1977; as revised by Ord. 680, 12/28/1998]
Police officers and the dog law officer shall have concurrent responsibility for the enforcement of this Part and of the Dog Law of 1982, (3 P.S. § 459-101 et seq., as hereafter amended, supplemented, modified or reenacted by the General Assembly of Pennsylvania).
[Ord. 474, 8/1/1977; as revised by Ord. 680, 12/28/1998]
It shall be unlawful for the owner of any dog or dogs to allow or permit such dog or dogs to run at large in the Borough.
[Ord. 474, 8/1/1977; as revised by Ord. 680, 12/28/1998]
Any police officer or dog law officer may seize any dog found at large in Borough. Such dogs are to be impounded in a licensed kennel.
[Ord. 474, 8/1/1977; as revised by Ord. 680, 12/28/1998]
The Chief of Police shall notify the owner of a licensed dog 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.
[Ord. 474, 8/1/1977; as revised by Ord. 680, 12/28/1998]
Unlicensed dogs that are seized shall be held in such kennel for 48 hours and if not claimed may be destroyed in accordance with the 1982 Dog Law.
[Ord. 474, 8/1/1977; as revised by Ord. 680, 12/28/1998]
Dogs that, in the opinion of any police officer, constitute a threat to public health and welfare may be killed by the police.
[Ord. 474, 8/1/1977; as revised by A.O]
1. 
The first two times a dog is seized, the owner shall pay a fine of $15 to the Borough as well as reasonable fees for keeping the animal in a kennel as fixed by resolution of the Borough Council.
2. 
Any person allowing a dog to run at large a third time in violation of this Part shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $600 plus costs (including any fees imposed by the Animal Rescue League) and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 30 days.
3. 
All animals will be turned over to the Animal Rescue League for proceedings and disposition in accordance with law.