[Editor's Note: See also Rockleigh Borough Code Chapter 3.]
[1973 Code § 98-1]
As used in this chapter:
- Shall mean a pen or fenced enclosure of durable construction, permanently affixed to the ground and used as an enclosure for hoofed animals.
- Shall mean any person feeding and/or sheltering a hoofed animal on premises for a period longer than twenty-four (24) consecutive hours.
- HOOFED ANIMAL
- Shall mean any animal which is a solid-hoofed or cleft-hoofed quadruped, including but not limited to horses, ponies, sheep, goats, cows, mules, donkeys and swine, whether mature animals or their young.
- Shall mean any person having the custody, care or control over a hoofed animal or knowingly permitting a hoofed animal to remain on his premises for a period longer than twenty-four (24) consecutive hours.
- Shall mean any person having a property right or ownership interest in a hoofed animal or a fee ownership interest in premises where a hoofed animal is kept, housed or maintained.
- Shall mean an individual, firm, partnership, corporation or association of persons.
- Shall mean a building or structure of durable construction, permanently affixed to the ground and designed and used for boarding, sheltering or housing of hoofed animals. This term shall specifically exclude shipping containers or crates, truck bodies, cars of any similar enclosures at any time used or designed for a use other than the boarding, sheltering or housing of hoofed animals.
[1973 Code § 98-2; New]
Any person desiring to keep, harbor or maintain one (1) or more hoofed animals in the Borough of Rockleigh shall obtain a permit for each hoofed animal. Application for each permit shall be made to the Health Officer of the Borough on application forms which are provided by the Board of Health. Each application for a permit shall specify the following information:
The name and address of the applicant.
A description by common address and lot and block number of the premises on which the applicant desires to keep, harbor or maintain a hoofed animal.
A description of the type of hoofed animal to be kept, harbored or maintained.
The dimensions and size of the premises on which the applicant desires to harbor, maintain or keep a hoofed animal.
The number of hoofed animals that the applicant proposes to keep, harbor or maintain on the premises.
Each application shall illustrate by diagram the location and dimensions on the premises of all buildings, stables and accessory buildings to be used to house the hoofed animal or animals and the location of the corral or sty to be used for the outdoor containment of the hoofed animal or animals. The diagram shall illustrate the location of each building, corral or sty in relation to the dwelling house, if any, on the premises; the boundary lines of the applicant's property; and all other buildings on the premises; and all other buildings on the premises immediately adjacent on all sides of the premises which are the subject of the application.
Each application for a permit to keep, harbor or maintain a horse, pony or other hoofed animal shall be accompanied by a laboratory certificate showing vaccination for eastern and western equine encephalitis dated within a period of no earlier than twelve (12) months prior to the date of each application for each animal to be licensed.
Any person who owns, harbors, keeps or maintains a hoofed animal within the Borough shall make application within fifteen (15) days after obtaining the animal to the Health Officer for a permit pursuant to and in accordance with the terms and provisions of this chapter. If an application is not made within the time prescribed herein and if that person continues to own, harbor or maintain a hoofed animal within the Borough, that person shall be deemed to be in violation of the terms and provisions of this chapter.
The offspring of any licensed hoofed animal will be subject to all provisions of paragraphs a and b above at six (6) months of age.
[1973 Code § 98-3; New]
The fee for the permit referred to in Section BH8-2b shall be in the amount of fifty ($50.00) dollars and shall be paid for each permit issued. The permit fee shall be paid prior to the issuance of a permit. Each permit shall expire on June 30 of each year unless sooner revoked by the Board of Health. In lieu of the fee referred to in this section, any owner, harborer or keeper shall be entitled to an animal blanket fee of two hundred fifty ($250.00) dollars for as many permits as he may desire.
[1973 Code § 98-4]
No person who owns, harbors, maintains or is the keeper of a hoofed animal shall permit a hoofed animal to be kept or maintained in the Borough unless the premises on which the animal is kept, harbored or maintained has a stable or separate building for its shelter and a fully enclosed corral or sty for the containment of the hoofed animal.
No person who owns, keeps or harbors a hoofed animal shall permit it to run at large at any time on any public or private property within the Borough except private property belonging to the owner, harborer or keeper of such animal.
[1973 Code § 98-5]
Every person who owns, keeps, harbors or maintains a hoofed animal within the Borough shall keep and maintain the property on which the animal is kept and all buildings and facilities thereon in accordance with the following:
Barring acts of God or nature which render compliance with this subsection impractical:
All stables, buildings, corrals, sties and other places in which a hoofed animal is kept, harbored or maintained must, where soiled by urine or feculent matter, be cleaned daily and cleaned weekly. Such places shall be deemed "cleaned daily" within the meaning of this subsection upon the removal of all urine, feculent matter and soiled bedding and the treatment of the portion of such places from which the urine, feculent matter and soiled bedding material is removed with lime or barn calcite. Such places shall be deemed "cleaned weekly" within the meaning of this subsection upon the removal of all matter, including urine, feculent matter and all bedding material and the treatment of the floor or ground portion with lime or barn calcite.
Feculent matter and soiled bedding materials must be stored in closed containers, the contents of which must be treated with lime.
All feculent matter and soiled bedding materials must be removed at least bimonthly from the premises or they must be so spread and treated bimonthly with lime and such other chemicals as shall be necessary to minimize odor and the attraction of insects.
No person owning, keeping or harboring a hoofed animal shall willfully permit such animal to soil or defile or commit any nuisance upon any public sidewalk, public street, public park, public playground, school playground or the property of persons other than the owner or the person or persons owning or having the care, custody or control of such animal. The person shall be responsible for cleaning and removing this material on the same day of the occurrence.
All stables and buildings in which a hoofed animal is kept, harbored or maintained shall be fogged or sprayed regularly with a residual insecticide which is designed to kill flies and insects and regularly used for that purpose. Spraying must be performed weekly from May 1 through September 30 of each calendar year.
The floor area of all stables, buildings, corrals and sties on which a hoofed animal is kept, harbored or maintained shall be regularly treated with lime and such other chemicals regularly used for such purpose as shall be necessary to prevent odor and the attraction of flies, insects and rodents.
Grain feeds, including but not limited to oats and corn, shall be kept in covered solid-walled containers to prevent the attraction or sustenance of rodents.
[1973 Code § 98-6]
All hoofed animals kept, harbored or maintained in the Borough shall be kept free from sickness and contagious disease. In the event that the Health Officer or the Board of Health of the Borough of Rockleigh shall have reasonable cause to question the health of any hoofed animal kept, harbored or maintained within the Borough, the Health Officer or the Board of Health shall have the authority to require an examination of this animal by a doctor of veterinary medicine within forty-eight (48) hours after notice to the owner, harborer or keeper of the animal. The examination shall be conducted at the expense of the owner, harborer or keeper of the hoofed animal.
[1973 Code § 98-7]
No permit required by the within chapter shall be issued to any person unless the applicant presents documentary proof that the hoofed animal for which a permit is being applied for has received such inoculations required by regulations established by the Board of Health and/or appropriate governmental agencies of the State of New Jersey.
No permit shall be issued to any person unless the applicant is in compliance with all of the terms and provisions of this chapter, the Zoning Ordinances and all other applicable ordinances of the Borough of Rockleigh. On and after the effective date of this chapter, no person shall keep, harbor or maintain a hoofed animal within the Borough unless that person is the holder of a permit applied for and issued pursuant to the terms and provisions of this chapter.
[1973 Code § 98-8]
Adequate fencing should be so located that the animals do not trespass on neighborhood property.
Every effort should be made to obtain all necessary information about community building and sanitary codes so that the owner shall have a full understanding of his responsibilities in the management of stables.
The minimum stall size shall be:
[1973 Code § 98-9]
The Health Officer shall give written notice to the owner, keeper or harborer of any violations of the provisions of this chapter, giving notice of specific violations. Should such violations remain uncorrected for a period of thirty (30) days after the giving of written notice, at least fourteen (14) days' written notice shall be given by the Health Officer requiring the owner, keeper or harborer to appear at a hearing before the Board of Health. After findings by the Board of Health (pursuant to the hearing) of a violation of the provisions of this chapter and the willful continuance of such violation during the entire thirty (30) day period following the receipt of the notice referred to above, the Board of Health may thereafter revoke any permit. No new permit shall be reissued to any owner, keeper or harborer whose permit has been revoked pursuant to this section except upon a showing of good and sufficient reason and upon reapplication pursuant to the provisions of this chapter.
[1973 Code § 98-10]
The Health Officer and the Board of Health are charged with the responsibility of administering and enforcing the provisions of this chapter. The Health Officer and the Board of Health are hereby authorized and shall, upon reasonable notice, be permitted by the adult owner, keeper, harborer or maintainer of any hoofed animal to enter upon the premises of the person for the purpose of administering and enforcing the terms and provisions of this chapter. Prior to inspection of the premises, the Health Officer of the Board of Health shall identify himself to the adult owner, keeper, harborer or maintainer.
[1973 Code § 98-11]
Any person who violates any of the terms and provisions of this chapter shall be in violation of the law and, upon conviction, shall be liable to a fine of not less than fifty ($50.00) dollars but not more than one hundred ($100.00) dollars for each offense. Each day for which a violation of this chapter continues shall be considered to be a separate violation hereunder.