[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Aleppo as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Control of Dogs
Article II Animal Nuisances
[Adopted 12-1-1960 by Ord. No. 15]
All dogs within the Township limits must have an Allegheny County dog license for the current year.
No vicious, dangerous, ferocious dog or dogs sick with or liable to communicate hydrophobia or other contagious or infectious disease shall be permitted to run at large in the Township.
No dog shall be permitted to run at large in the Township between the first day of April and the first day of October of each year, and no vicious dog shall be permitted to run at large at any time. It shall be the duty of the registered owner of every dog to keep the same safely and securely muzzled.
Any dog found in the Township either without a license or running at large under conditions set forth above is hereby declared to be a nuisance and shall be impounded as hereinafter provided.
The Chief of Police of the Township or any other person designated by the Township Commissioners as a dog catcher is hereby charged with the duty of impounding all dogs running at large in violation of the provisions of this article.
All dogs impounded may be kept at a place either designated by the Township Commissioners for such purpose within the Township, or the Commissioners may designate a pound in another municipality where the said dogs may be kept until redeemed by their owners or disposed of in accordance with the provisions of this article.
The owner or owners of any dogs impounded hereunder may redeem the same by paying all the costs, charges and penalties assessed, if any, that have accrued up to the time of making the redemption, and when the same are paid to said poundkeeper or any representative thereof, it shall be his duty and he shall release the dog from said pound or any other place where the dog is being kept and deliver him to the owner thereof.
Any dog not redeemed within 10 days after impounding or any dog designated by the poundkeeper or the authorities of the Township as a vicious dog may be destroyed by the poundkeeper or the Chief of Police.
Whenever any dog bites a person, the owner of said dog shall immediately notify the Chief of Police, who shall order the dog held on the owner's premises or shall have it impounded for a period of two weeks. The dog shall be examined immediately after it has bitten anyone and again at the end of the two-week period. If at the end of two weeks the veterinarian is convinced that the dog is then free from rabies, the dog shall be released from quarantine or from the pound, as the case may be. If the dog dies meanwhile, its head shall be sent to the State Department of Health for examination of rabies.
Any person violating any provision of this article may be fined up to $100 for each offense thereof.
[Adopted 8-9-1983 by Ord. No. 117]
No person shall keep or harbor any dog, cat, or other animal in the Township so as to create offensive odors, excessive noise or unsanitary conditions which are a menace to the health, comfort or safety of the public or otherwise permit the commission or existence of a nuisance as defined herein.
Any dog, cat or other animal which, by frequent and habitual barking, howling, screeching, yelping or baying or in any way or manner, disturbs the quiet of any person or the community or which disturbs or endangers the comfort, repose or health of persons is hereby declared to be committing a nuisance. No owner or person having custody of such animal shall harbor or permit it to commit such a nuisance.
Any dog, cat or other animal which scratches, digs or defecates upon any lawn, tree, shrub, plant, building or any other public or private property, other than the property of the owner or person in charge or control of such animal, is hereby declared to be a nuisance.
No person being the owner or in charge or control of any dog, cat or other animal shall permit such animal to commit a nuisance on any school grounds, city park or other public property or upon any private property other than that of the owner or person in charge or control of such dog, cat or other animal without the permission of the owner of such property. Where the owner or person in charge or control of such animal immediately removes all feces deposited by such animal and disposes of the same in a sanitary manner, such type of nuisance shall be considered abated.
Persons with defective eyesight or hearing while relying upon a dog specifically trained for these purposes shall be exempt from compliance with this article.
Any person violating any provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $100, and costs of prosecution, for each offense thereof.