A code regulating the licensing of cats and requiring cats to be vaccinated against rabies, fixing fees, and prescribing penalties for violations, is hereby established for the township. As required by the New Jersey Laws of 1950, Chapter 188, as amended: N.J.S.A. 26:3-69.2, three copies of the code shall be on file in the office of the township clerk and the code is adopted and incorporated as if fully set forth herein. The code herein adopted is commonly known as described as Sections I, II and III of the "Cat Licensing Code of New Jersey, 1987." The term "jurisdiction" as used in the aforesaid code shall mean Bordentown Township. Sections IV, V, VI and VII of the aforesaid code are not adopted.
No persons shall own, keep, harbor or maintain any cat over seven months of age within Bordentown Township unless such cat has a current vaccination against rabies and has a current cat license. The township clerk, or other person designated by resolution of the township committee, shall be responsible for issuing cat licenses upon application therefor, in accordance with the aforesaid code. Cat licenses shall be renewed annually and shall expire on April 1 of the year following issuance. The township clerk shall perform the duties of the licensing authority under the aforesaid code.
The fees for issuance of an original or renewal cat license and issuance of a renewal license after April 30, shall be as set forth in Chapter 3.20.
Within the purview of this chapter, a cat shall be considered a public nuisance if it has no known owner or custodian, or if it has no known place of care or shelter, or if it habitually trespasses upon or damages either private or public property, or annoys, bites, scratches or harms lawful users or occupants thereof.
Any person who owns, keeps or harbors any cat at any place within the township or who permits any cat to enter the limits of the township shall exercise sufficient and proper care of and control over such animal at all times so as to prevent the same from becoming a public nuisance, as defined herein.
Any person having knowledge that any cat in Bordentown Township has bitten a person shall immediately report to the police department, to the extent known, the name and address of the person bitten, the name and address of the owner or custodian of the cat, the identity and location of the cat, and all relevant facts and circumstances.
Whenever any cat has bitten a person, the cat shall be confined in such place as the animal control officer or other township official may direct, for such period of observation as may be necessary to ascertain whether or not the cat is rabid. The owner or custodian of the cat shall be responsible for complying with this subsection.
In the event that any cat is found to be rabid, or in the event that any cat having bitten a person cannot be confined or impounded safely, the cat may be killed. The head of such cat shall be shipped to an appropriate laboratory for a rabies examination.
The animal control officer or other person authorized by the township committee to enforce the provisions of this chapter may seize and impound any cat which does not display a license tag, and shall, upon receipt of a complaint that a cat is a public nuisance, as defined herein, seize and impound such cat regardless of whether it displays a license tag. If any cat seized and impounded bears identification of ownership or place of abode, the animal control officer or other authorized enforcement official shall, on the day of seizure, notify the owner or the occupant of such place of abode that the cat is impounded and may be claimed subject to the provisions of this chapter.
The owner or custodian of an impounded cat may claim it at the place of impoundment upon payment to the animal control officer of all expenses incurred by reason of seizure and impoundment, including reasonable actual maintenance costs of the cat, provided, that no cat shall be released to the owner or custodian without proof that it has a current rabies vaccination and a current cat license. Upon request of the owner or custodian, an unvaccinated cat may be released temporarily to a licensed veterinarian for the purpose of vaccination against rabies.
Any cat that has been impounded and unclaimed for five days after seizure may be claimed by any person willing to pay all expenses, including vaccination against rabies.
Any cat that has been impounded and unclaimed for seven days after seizure may be destroyed by the animal control officer or other designated official in as humane manner as possible.
Any person violating any provision of this chapter or of the aforesaid code shall, upon conviction therefor, be subject to the penalties set forth in Chapter 1.08, as amended.