[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of Scott Township as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Article I Control of Dogs
[Adopted 7-23-1996 by Ord. No. 7-23-C-1996; amended in its entirety 6-21-2017 by Ord. No. 6-21-17C]
This article is being enacted in order to control the nuisances, health and safety concerns, and inconvenience resulting from the presence of dogs and other animals in the public and privately owned areas of Scott Township and to further the general welfare and safety of the people of Scott Township.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- Any person owning or having a right of property in a dog or other animal, licensed or unlicensed, or any person having the control or custody of any dog or other animal, or any person who harbors or permits a dog or other animal to remain on his or her property.
It shall be unlawful for the owner of a dog or other animal to knowingly or negligently permit such dog or other animal to defecate upon any:
Private property of another person without the permission of the property owner;
Gutter, street, driveway, alley, curb or sidewalk in the Township;
Public park, public area, play area, open space or green area of the Township; or
Floors or stairways of any public building or other places accessible to the public.
The owner of a dog or other animal that defecates in any prohibited area shall not be in violation of this section, provided the owner immediately removes said feces from such surface and either carries the same away for disposal in a toilet or other sanitary environmentally safe manner, or places the same in a nonleaking container for deposit in a trash or litter receptacle.
It shall be unlawful for an owner of any dog or other animal to disturb the peace of another person(s) by allowing such dog or other animal to bark, howl or make other loud noises: (a) continuously for more than any one hour; or (b) continuously for more than 1/2 hour on two or more consecutive days.
The provisions of this article shall not apply to a guide, signal or service dog or other aid animal that has been certified by a recognized authority to assist a person, because of the physical disability, blindness or deafness of the user, or who is training a guide, signal or support dog or other aid animal for or from a recognized authority for such a user, or to animals used in any police or fire activities of the Township.
The Scott Township Police and Scott Township Code Enforcement Officer shall have authority to determine if a violation of this article has occurred and to impose fines, costs and penalties in accordance with the provisions herein. All notices of violation shall include an instruction that, if the person cited pays the fines, costs and penalties stated on the notice of violation within 48 hours of the issuance of the notice, the Township will forgo prosecution of the violation.
Any person violating any provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, forfeit and pay the sum of not less than $25, which shall be recoverable before any Magisterial District Judge in the same manner as provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure. All fines and penalties shall be forthwith paid to the Treasurer of Scott Township. Each day's continuance of a violation of this article shall constitute a separate offense.