Township of Moon, PA
Allegheny County
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[Ord. 656, 4/9/2015]
This Part shall be known and may be cited as the "Cat Control Ordinance."
[Ord. 656, 4/9/2015]
All cats shall be vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian in accordance with the recommendations for immunization published by the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians; provided, that upon presentation of a veterinarian's certificate stating that because of infirmity or other physical condition, the inoculation of such cat is not medically appropriate.
[Ord. 656, 4/9/2015]
1. 
No person shall keep, harbor, or maintain a cat that roams freely. The owner must identify the cat or cats by adorning each cat with an identification collar or tag that clearly and legibly states the cat owner's name, address and telephone number.
2. 
The owner of a cat must provide proof of a cat's current rabies vaccination upon request of the Township.
3. 
No person or resident shall own, harbor or maintain a non-domestic feline or hybrid within the Township limits.
A. 
This section shall not affect any person owning such animal and living within the Township limits prior to the effective date of this Part.
B. 
This Part shall not apply to any educational, institutional or zoological institution or circus.
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It shall be unlawful for any owner of a cat to permit or to allow such cat in the Township to become a public nuisance. Acts of nuisance shall include, but are not limited to, the following:
A. 
Running at large.
B. 
Noise disturbance.
C. 
Digging into flower beds, lawns, sand boxes, gardens or damaging of shrubbery, trees, lawns, personal property not belonging to the owner of the depositing of feces.
D. 
Not having current rabies vaccinations.
[Ord. 656, 4/9/2015]
A person is exempted from liability under §§ 2-203 and 2-204 of this Part if he complies with all of the following criteria:
A. 
The person is providing services to cats under the guidance and supervision of the Western Pennsylvania Humane Society ("Humane Society"), the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) or Animal Friends, Inc. ("Animal Friends").
B. 
The person and his facility are certified to provide such services by the Humane Society, ASPCA or Animal Friends.
C. 
The person and his facility are in compliance with all applicable federal, state, county and Township laws, statutes, ordinances and regulations.
D. 
The person grants permission to the Township Police Chief and Police Department to enter upon and into the subject property and facility whenever necessary to inspect the property and facility.
E. 
Inspections by the Township Police Chief show that there is no health or safety risk to adjacent properties and residents, the neighborhood, or the animals on the subject property or facility.
F. 
The cats being served by the person and facility are not a nuisance to adjacent properties and are not negatively impacting the adjacent properties and residents.
G. 
The Township Police Chief issues a written determination that the person and his facility are in compliance with this section. Such determination may be revoked at any time by the Township Police Chief.
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The Animal Control Officer, or any officer of the Police Department, or constable may seize any stray cat, abandoned cat, or cat running at large within the limits of the Township to the annoyance or inconvenience of the residents or pedestrians or operators of motor vehicles. Such cats are to be taken and impounded in a place provided for that purpose. If the owner be known or can be ascertained from a registration, the Township shall notify that owner to reclaim said cat within a period of 48 hours after receiving notice to do so. If the owner is not known or cannot be ascertained or if the cat is not claimed within said forty-eight-hour period, said cat shall be dispensed of by sale, or by giving it to a humane society or association for the prevention of cruelty to animals or be disposed of in a humane manner. The owner of the cat so detained shall pay a penalty of $40 to the Township for the seizure and detention and all of the costs or expenses incurred by reason of its detention by the Township before the cat is returned.
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Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this Part, or fails to comply therewith, or with any of the requirements thereof, 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, including reasonable attorney fees incurred by the Township, and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment to the extent permitted by law for the punishment of summary offenses. A separate offense shall arise for each day or portion thereof in which a violation of this Part is found to exist and for each section of this Part found to have been violated. The Township may also commence appropriate actions in equity or other to prevent, restrain, correct, enjoin, or abate violations of this Part. All fines and penalties collected for violations of this Part shall be paid to the Township Treasurer. The initial determination of ordinance violation is hereby delegated to the Township Manager, the Police Department, the Township Code Official, the authorized designee of the Township Manager, and to any other officer or agent that the Township Manager or the Board of Supervisors shall deem appropriate.