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Borough of Sewickley, PA
Allegheny County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Sewickley as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 12-21-1991 by Ord. No. 1119 (Ch. 2, Part 1, of the 1996 Code of Ordinances)]
The Council finds that:
A. 
Borough of Sewickley ("Borough") residents have, on numerous occasions, complained of nuisances relative to animal defecation and other animal activity carried out on public and private property.
B. 
Nuisances of the foregoing type interfere with the normal use and enjoyment of public and private property in the Borough.
C. 
Regulations of such nuisances are necessary to protect the safety, health and welfare of persons residing in, or visiting, the Borough.
D. 
The Borough Code has vested the Council with the power to regulate the foregoing pursuant to 8 Pa.C.S.A. § 1202(4), (5) and (9).
Certain terms contained in this article are defined as follows:
AT LARGE
Any dog, cat or other animal when it is off the property of its owner and not restrained by the owner, keeper or another competent person.
IMPOUND
To apprehend, catch, trap, net or, if necessary, to kill any animal by the local Police Department or authorized local agency.
OWNER
Every person having a right of property in a dog or cat or other animal and every person who controls, keeps or harbors such dog or cat or other animal or has it in his or her care, and every person who permits such dog or cat or other animal to remain on or about any premises occupied by him or her.
RESTRAINED or RESTRICTED
When a dog or other animal is controlled by leash or chain not exceeding six feet in length.
No person, whether as owner or keeper, shall permit his dog to run at large upon the public streets, sidewalks or other public places or upon the property of another. A dog shall be restrained by the use of a leash or a chain not exceeding six feet in length at all times when upon public places, streets and parks.
A. 
No person shall keep or harbor any dog, cat or other animal in the Borough 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.
B. 
Any dog, cat or other animal which, by frequent and habitual barking, howling, screeching, yelping or baying or in any way or manner, disturbs or endangers the comfort, repose or health of persons is hereby declared to be committing a nuisance. No owner or person having the custody of such animal shall harbor or permit it to commit such a nuisance.
C. 
Any dog, cat or other animal which scratches, digs or defecates upon the 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 such animal, is hereby declared to be a nuisance.
D. 
No person being the owner or in charge of or in control of any dog, cat or other animal shall permit such animal to commit a nuisance on any school grounds, Borough park or other public property, or upon private property other than that of the owner or person in charge or in control of such dog, cat or other animal without the permission of the owner of such property. Where the owner or person in charge or control of such animal immediately removes all feces deposited by such animal and disposes of same in a sanitary manner, such type of nuisance shall be considered abated.
E. 
Persons with defective eyesight or hearing, while relying upon a dog specifically trained for these purposes, shall be exempt from compliance with this section.
Every police officer or other authorized agency shall impound every animal at large.
[Amended 2-19-1996 by Ord. No. 1159]
Any person violating any provision of this article shall be fined $600 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 article continues shall constitute a separate offense.