Township of Ross, PA
Allegheny County
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[Ord. 1805, 8/9/1993]
1. 
As used in this Part the following terms shall have the meanings indicated, unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context:
ANIMAL
Any domestic animal or fowl, any wild animal or any household pet.
DOMESTIC ANIMAL
Any animal normally or ordinarily domesticated or raised in this area and climate as livestock or for work or breeding purposes, or normally or ordinarily kept as a household pet.
HOUSEHOLD PET
Any dog, cat or other domestic animal normally and ordinarily kept in or permitted to be at large in the dwelling of its owner. Except for the applicability of § 2-205 hereof, this word shall not include "seeing eye dogs."
LARGE ANIMAL
Any wild or domestic animal of the bovine, equine or sheep family.
PERSON
Any person, firm, partnership, association or corporation.
SMALL ANIMAL
Any wild or domestic animal such as a rabbit, hare, guinea pig, rat, mouse or chinchilla; and any wild or domestic fowl such as a chicken, turkey, goose, duck or pigeon (excepting homing pigeons).
WILD ANIMAL
Any animal, including bird, fowl or reptile not normally or ordinarily domesticated; not normally or ordinarily raised in this area and climate as livestock or for work or breeding purposes; or not capable of being kept as a household pet.
2. 
In this Part, the singular shall include the plural, the plural shall include the singular and the masculine shall include the feminine.
[Ord. 1805, 8/9/1993]
1. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to keep, maintain or have in possession or under control within the Township of Ross, any of the following:
A. 
Poisonous animals.
B. 
Apes, chimpanzees, gibbons, gorillas, orangutans or baboons.
C. 
Bears.
D. 
Bisons.
E. 
Cheetahs.
F. 
Crocodiles.
G. 
Constrictor snakes.
H. 
Coyotes.
I. 
Deer.
J. 
Elephants.
K. 
Game cocks and other fighting birds.
L. 
Hyenas.
M. 
Jaguars.
N. 
Leopards.
O. 
Lions.
P. 
Lynxes.
Q. 
Ostriches.
R. 
Pumas also known as cougars, mountain lions and panthers.
S. 
Swine.
T. 
Tigers.
U. 
Wolves.
V. 
Pigs.
W. 
Hogs.
[Ord. 1805, 8/9/1993]
1. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to keep any domestic animals, except household pets, except as provided in this section:
A. 
Large animals shall be confined in quarters no part of which shall be closer than 100 feet from the exterior limits of any dwelling or of any property line.
B. 
Small animals shall be kept confined in quarters no part of which shall be closer than 25 feet from the exterior limits of any dwelling or of any property line.
C. 
The keeper of every such animal shall confine the same in an enclosure sufficient to prevent such animal from running at large, and such enclosure shall be of a size and construction conducive to the animal's health and adequate sanitary drainage facilities shall be provided.
D. 
Every keeper of any animal shall cause the litter and droppings therefrom to be collected daily in a container or receptacle that when closed shall be ratproof and flytight, and after every such collection shall cause such container or receptacle to be closed. At least twice a week, every such keeper shall cause all litter and droppings so collected to be disposed of in such manner as not to permit the presence of fly larvae.
E. 
Every keeper of any animal shall cause all feed provided therefor to be stored and kept in a ratproof and flytight building, box, container or receptacle.
[Ord. 1805, 8/9/1993]
1. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to keep any animal, except as provided in this section:
A. 
The same must be kept in a manner so as to not create offensive odors or unsanitary conditions or a menace to the health, comfort or safety of the public.
B. 
No animal shall be permitted to habitually bark, howl, screech, yelp or bay, thereby disturbing the quiet of any person or the community.
C. 
No animal shall be permitted to scratch, dig or defecate upon any lawn, tree, shrub, plant, building or other public or private property other than the property of the owner or person(s) in charge or control of the animal.
D. 
Any violation of the provisions of this section are hereby declared to be a nuisance.
[Ord. 1805, 8/9/1993]
No person shall keep or harbor a dog, cat or other animal in a manner which constitutes a nuisance. No person shall permit a dog, cat or other animal to commit a nuisance upon any school or other public property or upon any private property other than that of the owner or person(s) in charge of such animal; provided, however, if the owner or person in charge 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 thereby be considered abated.
[Ord. 1805, 8/9/1993]
Any violation of this Part that would also violate any state law shall be prosecuted under that State law and not under this Part.
[Ord. 1805, 8/9/1993; as amended by Ord. 2288, 4/12/2010]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this Part, upon conviction thereof, shall be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than $1,000 plus costs and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 30 days. Each day that a violation of this Part continues shall constitute a separate offense.