Township of Elizabeth, PA
Allegheny County
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[Ord. 916, 11/17/2014]
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The purpose of this Part is to protect and promote the safety, health and general welfare of the community and residents of the Township of Elizabeth; to establish the responsibility and liability of cat owners arising from the conduct of their pets; and to provide reasonable regulations for the control, care and maintenance of cats in the Township.
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It is recognized by the Commissioners that cats are generally excellent pets but that they can become a nuisance if not properly controlled, and this legislation is not intended to interfere with the relationship between owners and their pets.
[Ord. 916, 11/17/2014]
As used in this Part, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ABANDON
A cat of any age which shall be left unattended, unclaimed, unlicensed or at large for a period of 72 hours or more shall be considered to be abandoned.
CAT
Any animal of the felis catus species (domestic house cat).
OWNER
Every person having a property right in a cat and every person keeping, having custody of, or feeding a cat for more than 48 hours, or who allows a cat to reside or remain about his premises, shall be considered a cat owner. This provision shall not include a person who keeps or feeds a cat on behalf of an owner at the owner's request to accommodate the owner's temporary needs.
PERSON
An individual, firm, partnership, corporation or association of persons.
PUBLIC NUISANCE
A cat that causes damage to public or private property or causes harm to any person.
STRAY CAT
A cat having no known owner or custodian.
[Ord. 916, 11/17/2014]
It shall be unlawful for any owner or any person having custody of any cat(s) to allow or permit any cat to become a public nuisance. Acts of nuisance shall include but are not limited to the following:
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Noise disturbance.
B. 
Viciousness.
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Digging into flower beds, lawns, sandboxes, gardens or damaging of shrubbery, trees, lawns, personal property not belonging to the owner or the depositing of feces.
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Entering and running at large in public parks or playgrounds.
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Not having current rabies vaccinations and current Township license.
[Ord. 916, 11/17/2014]
It shall be unlawful for any owner of any cat to permit such cat to run free outside the residence of its owner or keeper unless said cat has been:
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Neutered or spayed to prevent it from procreating;
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Immunized against rabies in compliance with Pennsylvania law; and
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Appropriately "tipped" on the left ear to signify that it has been neutered/spayed and immunized.
[Ord. 916, 11/17/2014]
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It shall be unlawful for any person to continue to feed feral cats, if such feeding causes a nuisance to neighbors or creates a condition contrary to the health, safety, and welfare of the community.
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Any person feeding stray or feral cats may be required to cooperate with any humane program sponsored by the Township or operating under the Township's auspices that traps stray and feral cats for the purpose of spaying/neutering the cats, immunizing the cats from rabies, "tipping" the cat's left ear and then returning the cat to its environment in the general vicinity in which it was trapped.
[Ord. 916, 11/17/2014]
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The areas where cats are kept shall be clean and sanitary and shall not create a disturbance by reason of noise, odor or other causes. No person shall abandon any cat or permit a cat in his custody to become a stray.
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No person shall harbor, maintain or feed any unlicensed or stray cat.
[Ord. 916, 11/17/2014]
Persons permitted as a feral cat caregiver by the Township may possess and feed feral cats as part of a trapping, treatment and return program. No feral cat caregiver shall be cited or fined under this article for possession or feeding of a feral cat in his or her discharge of any duty of such program as set forth in or established by the requirements of this Part.
[Ord. 916, 11/17/2014]
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Any person seeking to be a feral cat caregiver shall submit an application for a feral cat caregiver permit to the Elizabeth Township Manager on a form provided for that purpose, together with any other documents or certifications as may be required pursuant to such application form. Such application form shall require that the applicant certify that the applicant shall comply with the standards for the safe trapping, treatment and return of feral cats that the Township may require by ordinance.
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A permit issued under this article does not authorize a feral cat caregiver to enter upon private property without the permission of the landowner.
[Ord. 916, 11/17/2014]
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Feral cats trapped as part of a permitted program must be sterilized and vaccinated for rabies and distemper prior to release.
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All feral cats receiving treatment shall be ear-tipped for identification.
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Treatment of feral cats shall only be performed by a veterinarian currently licensed in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Any ordinance or part of ordinance conflicting with the provisions of this Part is hereby repealed to the extent of such conflict.
Nothing in this Part shall be construed to affect any suit or proceeding impending in any court, or any rights acquired, or liability incurred, or any cause or causes of action acquired or existing, under any act or ordinance hereby repealed as cited in § 510 of this Part; nor shall any just or legal right or remedy of any character be lost, impaired or affected by this Part.