Township of Collier, PA
Allegheny County
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§ 2-101 Definitions.

[Ord. 505, 7/3/1991, § 2-101]
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.

§ 2-102 Appointment and Duties of Animal Control Officer.

[Ord. 505, 7/3/1991, § 2-102]
An animal control officer shall be appointed by the Board of Commissioners to serve during its pleasure. Such animal control 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; provided, that he shall not have the power to make arrests under this Act of Assembly or any other Act of Assembly or ordinance of the Township.

§ 2-103 Unlawful to Allow Dogs to Run at Large.

[Ord. 505, 7/3/1991, § 2-103]
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 Township.

§ 2-104 Seizing of Dogs.

[Ord. 505, 7/3/1991, § 2-104]
The Animal Control Officer or Constable may seize any dog found at large in the Township Such dogs are to be impounded in a licensed kennel.

§ 2-105 Licensed Dogs.

[Ord. 505, 7/3/1991, § 2-105]
The Animal Control Officer 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, 3 P.S. § 459-101 et seq.

§ 2-106 Unlicensed Dogs.

[Ord. 505, 7/3/1991, § 2-106]
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, 3 P.S. § 459-101 et seq.

§ 2-107 Threatening Dogs.

[Ord. 505, 7/3/1991, § 2-107]
Dogs that, in the opinion of any police officer or dog warden, constitute a threat to public health and welfare may be killed by the police or Animal Control Officer.

§ 2-108 Penalties.

[Ord. 505, 7/3/1991, § 2-108; and as amended by Ord. 652, 4/13/2011]
The first two times a dog is seized, the owner shall pay a fine of $15 to the Township as well as reasonable fees for keeping the animal in a kennel as fixed pursuant to a resolution of the Board of Commissioners. 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 $1,000; and in default of payment, to imprisonment for a term not to exceed 30 days.

§ 2-201 Definitions.

[Ord. 618, 3/13/2007]
Public nuisance animal-(A) any animal creating a nuisance as described in § 2-202 or (B) is defined as such in any applicable statute of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

§ 2-202 Harboring a Nuisance; Exceptions.

[Ord. 618, 3/13/2007]
1. 
No person shall keep or harbor any dog, cat, or other animal within 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.
2. 
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 the animal shall harbor or permit it to commit a nuisance.
3. 
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 the animal, is hereby declared to be a nuisance.
4. 
No person being the owner or in charge or control of any dog, cat, or other animal shall permit the animal to commit a nuisance on any school grounds, public park or other public property, or upon any private property other than that of the owner or person in charge or control of the dog, cat, or other animal without the permission of the owner of the property. Where the owner or person in charge or control of the animal immediately removes all feces deposited by the animal and disposes of same in a sanitary manner, the type of nuisance shall be considered abated.
5. 
Any female dog or cat in season shall be kept properly confined.

§ 2-203 Cat Identification Required.

[Ord. 618, 3/13/2007]
No person shall keep, harbor, or maintain a cat that roams freely unless the owner identifies the cat(s) with an identification collar or tag that shall clearly and legibly state the cat owner's name, address, and telephone number.

§ 2-204 Proof of Rabies Vaccination.

[Ord. 618, 3/13/2007]
Proof of a dog or cat's current rabies vaccination shall be provided to the Township's Code Enforcement Officer, Animal Control Officer, police, or other authorized representative of the Township upon request.

§ 2-205 Seizure of Public Nuisance Animals; Notice; Appeal; Redemption; and Charges.

[Ord. 618, 3/13/2007; as amended by Ord. 652, 4/13/2011]
1. 
Upon receiving a complaint that an animal is causing a nuisance as defined by this Part, or upon witnessing that an animal is causing such a nuisance, the Animal Control Officer, police, Township Code Enforcement Officer, or other authorized representative of the Township shall investigate, and if the complaint is found valid, shall give the owner a written warning notice by personal service or regular first class mail. Upon the issuance of a second written warning within a twelve-month period, any or all of the following enforcement actions may be commenced:
A. 
Seizure of the public nuisance animal, which may be seized, impounded, and destroyed under the procedures set forth in this Part. The owner shall be assessed all costs of impoundment in a kennel and destruction.
B. 
Institution of summary proceedings before the magisterial district judge in the same manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure, provided that each day in which a violation occurs shall constitute a separate offense.
C. 
Action at law or in equity to abate the nuisance caused by repetitive or excessive barking.
2. 
When an owner is issued a first or subsequent warning notice hereunder, the owner shall have 10 days in which to appeal from the notice. Any appeal shall be in writing and filed with the Township Secretary, along with an appeal fee in an amount as may be set by the Board of Commissioners by resolution. The appellant shall be responsible for the costs of advertising the hearing and of the court reporter and shall, at the time of application, pay a $200 deposit to cover such costs. Should the deposit be insufficient, the appellant shall pay the remainder of such costs. Should the deposit exceed such costs, the difference will be refunded to the applicant. Upon receipt of an appeal, a Local Agency Law hearing shall be held by the Board of Commissioners, or by a hearing body or hearing officer appointed by the Board for that purpose. If a Local Agency Law hearing is demanded, no animal shall be destroyed until a decision is rendered. The granting of a Local Agency Law hearing in no way deprives the Township of any other enforcement remedy available to it.
3. 
After the impounding of any animal, if the animal is licensed, or has the identification and proof of rabies vaccination required by §§ 2-203 and 2-204, the owner shall be notified via registered mail, return receipt requested, and the animal shall be held for 10 days from the date of receipt of the impounding notice. If the animal is not redeemed or claimed within 10 days, the Township may adopt or euthanize the animal in some humane manner.
4. 
Unlicensed Dogs, Cats, and Other Animals. Any unlicensed or otherwise unidentified dog, cat or other animal may be adopted or euthanized in some humane manner if not redeemed or claimed within 48 hours after impounding.
5. 
The owner of any impounded animal may reclaim the animal upon payment of the penalty provided in § 2-206 and upon payment of all costs and charges incurred by the Township for impounding and maintenance of the animal.

§ 2-206 Penalty and Violation.

[Ord. 618, 3/13/2007]
Whoever violates any provision of this Part shall be fined $15 plus any other costs as provided in this Part, if it is a first offense. For each subsequent offence, the penalty shall be $600, plus any other costs as provided in this Part, and in default thereof, imprisonment not exceeding 30 days. In addition, a $25 fee shall be assessed upon issuance of a second warning within 12 months in order to reimburse the Township for the costs of issuing warning notices.

§ 2-207 Exemption.

[Ord. 618, 3/13/2007]
Persons with physical handicaps, defective eyesight or hearing, while relying upon a dog specifically trained for these purposes, shall be exempt from compliance with this Part.