Borough of Wyoming, PA
Luzerne County
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[Ord. 9/8/1980A, § 1; as amended by Ord. 8/13/2001, § 1]
1. 
This Part shall be known and may be cited as the "Responsibilities of Dog and Cat Owners" in the Borough of Wyoming.
2. 
For the purposes of this Part, the following and words and phrases shall have the meaning ascribed to them by this section:
DISTURBS THE PEACE
An animal that by its actions makes unreasonable noise; creates a hazardous or physically offensive condition; annoys and/or causes discomfort to or disturbs the quiet enjoyment of any of the persons in the Borough of Wyoming.
NUISANCE ANIMAL
An animal that has had two or more reported police complaints against it within a period of six months.
[Ord. 9/8/1980A, § 2; as amended by A.O.]
It shall be unlawful for any person who owns or keeps any dog or cat to permit such dog or cat to run at large in the Borough of Wyoming. Any said dog or cat running at large in violation of this section shall be subject to seizure, detention and disposal as provided in the Pennsylvania Dog Law, 3 P.S. § 459-302.
[Ord. 9/8/1980A, § 3; as amended by Ord. 8/13/2001, § 3]
It shall be unlawful to own, harbor or keep in custody any dog or cat or other domesticated animal which disturbs the peace or quiet enjoyment of the neighborhood and/or is considered a nuisance animal by barking, howling, yowling, purring or making other loud noises or any other act which causes annoyance, disturbs the peace and quiet enjoyment of persons in Wyoming Borough.
[Ord. 9/8/1980A, § 4; as amended by Ord. 8/13/2001, § 4]
1. 
Any person may request the Borough Police Department to warn any person who shall own, harbor or keep in custody any dog or cat which disturbs the peace by barking, howling, purring or making other loud noise to the annoyance and discomfort of persons in the Borough of Wyoming.
2. 
A warning by the police shall consist of delivery of a copy of this Part to the residence in the Borough of Wyoming of any such owner, keeper or custodian. In the absence of any such warning made by said police, the complaining person may request the Secretary of the Borough of Wyoming to provide such warning.
3. 
Any such request shall be in writing and shall identify and specify the residence of the owner, keeper or custodian of the dog or cat and shall identify and specify the residence of the person making the request. Upon receipt of such request, the Secretary shall mail a copy of this Part to the person identified as the owner, keeper or custodian of the dog or cat.
[Ord. 9/8/1980A, § 5]
It shall be unlawful for the owner of any dog to permit said dog to injure any human being by biting, jumping on, knocking down or attacking said human being.
[Ord. 9/8/1980A, § 6]
1. 
No person owning, harboring, keeping or in charge of any dog shall cause, suffer or allow such dog to soil, defile, defecate on or commit any nuisance on any common thoroughfare, sidewalk, passageway, bypath, play area, park or any place where people congregate or walk, or on any public property whatsoever, or on any private property without the permission of the owner of said property. The restriction in this section shall not apply to that portion of the street lying between the curblines, which may be used to curb such dog under the following conditions:
A. 
The person who so curbs such dog shall immediately remove all feces deposited by such dog by any sanitary method.
B. 
The feces removed from the aforementioned designated area shall be disposed of in a sanitary manner by the person owning, harboring, keeping or in charge of any dog curbed in accordance with the provisions of this Part.
[Ord. 9/8/1980A, § 7; as amended by A.O.]
It shall be unlawful to keep more than two dogs or two cats six months of age or older on any premises, regardless of the number owners; provided, however, that this section shall not apply to any premises for which a kennel license has been obtained pursuant to the Dog Law, 3 P.S. § 459-206.
[Ord. 9/8/1980A; as added by Ord. 8/13/2001, § 8]
Police officers of the Borough of Wyoming and/or such other persons as may be retained by the Wyoming Borough Council shall act as the Animal Control Officer. The Animal Control Officer is hereby empowered and authorized to issue citations for any violation of this Part, take into custody any and all dogs, cats or other animals found in violation of any provisions of this Part and not restrained, leashed or secured upon the owner's or custodian's property or property which the owner has permission to use and to convey the same to such shelter or pound as is from time to time designated by the Wyoming Borough Council. A notice of seizure shall be sent to the owner of such dog, cat or other animal, if known, in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
[Ord. 9/8/1980A, § 8; as amended by Ord. 8/13/2001, § 9; and by A.O.]
The Animal Control Officer, upon any violation of the provisions of this Part, may issue a citation by personal service upon the owner or custodian of the dog, cat or other animal violating any of the provisions of this Part or he may issue a warning in accordance with § 2-104 of this Part. Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any provision of this Part, 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 more than $1,000 plus costs including reasonable attorney fees and, in default of payment of said fine and costs, to a term of imprisonment not to exceed 90 days. Each day that a violation of this Part continues or each section of this Part which shall be found to have been violated shall constitute a separate offense.