Township of Lower Southampton, PA
Bucks County
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[Ord. 356, 12/17/1986]
As used in this part, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context:
CARRIER PIGEON
Homing and racing pigeons which have the name of the owner stamped upon the wing or tail or are banded upon the leg with the name or initials of the owner or with an identification or registration number stamped on the band.
LOFT
Any structure in which carrier pigeons are housed.
RACING PIGEON
Any pigeon registered with any national pigeon racing organization.
[Ord. 356, 12/17/1986; as amended by Ord. 532, 9/10/2008]
1. 
The Animal Control Officer shall issue a carrier pigeon permit to the owner of any carrier pigeons, if:
A. 
Identification marks stamped on each carrier pigeon or band are recorded with the Township of Lower Southampton.
B. 
The loft is found on inspection to be in compliance with regulations prescribed by the Township and is maintained in a clean, orderly condition and kept in good repair.
C. 
The construction of a loft complies with the Uniform Construction Code (Chapter 5, Part 1).
2. 
The requirements of the Township's Zoning Ordinance (Chapter 27) relating to restrictions on the location of stables and poultry enclosures shall not apply to a loft for which a permit has been issued.
3. 
The owner of any carrier pigeon shall pay an annual fee for a carrier pigeon permit as determined by the Board of Supervisors pursuant to resolution and no permit as required by this part shall be issued until the prescribed fee shall have been paid. The Township shall keep a record of all permits issued under this part.
[Ord. 356, 12/17/1986]
Any person to whom the Animal Control Officer has issued a carrier pigeon permit may erect and maintain a loft of carrier or racing pigeons in the Township.
[Ord. 356, 12/17/1986]
Any owner of carrier pigeons to whom the Animal Control Officer has issued a carrier pigeon permit, or person acting for him, having in his charge or possession and under restraint and control carrier pigeons, shall be allowed to fly the pigeons for necessary exercise and training but not more at any one time than 25 pairs.
[Ord. 356, 12/17/1986]
Any owner of carrier pigeons to whom the Board has issued a carrier pigeon permit shall permit employees or officials of the Township and the Board to enter upon his property for the purpose of making an inspection of pigeons and lofts at reasonable times.
[Ord. 356, 12/17/1986; as amended by Ord. 532, 9/10/2008]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this part, upon conviction thereof in an action brought before a Magisterial District Judge in the manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $1,000 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days. Each day that a violation of this part continues or each section of this part which shall be found to have been violated shall constitute a separate offense.