Township of Warren, NJ
Somerset County
By using eCode360 you agree to be legally bound by the Terms of Use. If you do not agree to the Terms of Use, please do not use eCode360.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
The relevant statutory provisions are found in R.S. 4:19-15, et seq.
[Ord. 65-11, S 1; Ord. 69-16, S 1; Ord. 2015-11 §§ 2, 3]
BREEDER
Shall mean any person, firm, corporation, or organization in the business of breeding cats and dogs.
BROKER
Shall mean any person, firm, corporation, or organization who sells a cat or dog to a pet shop, whether or not the broker is also the breeder of the dog or cat.
DOG
Shall mean any dog, bitch or spayed bitch.
DOG OF LICENSING AGE
Shall mean any dog which has attained the age of six months or which possesses a set of permanent teeth.
KENNEL
Shall mean any establishment wherein or whereon the business of boarding or selling dogs or breeding dogs for sale is carried on, except at a pet shop.
OWNER
When applied to the proprietorship of a dog shall include every person having a right of property in such dog and every person who has such dog in his keeping.
PET DEALER
Shall mean any person engaged in the ordinary course of business in the sale of cats or dogs to the public for profit or any person who sells or offers for sale more than five dogs or cats per year.
PET SHOP
Shall mean any place of business which is not part of a kennel, wherein animals, including, but not limited to, dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, rabbits, hamsters or gerbils, are kept or displayed chiefly for the purpose of sale to individuals for personal appreciation and companionship rather than for business or research purposes.
POUND
Shall mean an establishment for the confinement of dogs seized either under the provisions of this chapter or otherwise.
SHELTER
Shall mean any establishment where dogs are received, housed and distributed without charge.
[Ord. 65-11, S 2]
No person shall keep or harbor any dog within the Township without first obtaining a license therefor, to be issued by the Township Clerk upon application by the owner and payment of the prescribed fee and no person shall keep or harbor any dog in the Township except in compliance with the provisions of this chapter.
[Ord. 65-11, S 3]
Any person who shall own, keep or harbor a dog of licensing age shall in the month of January, or within 10 days of acquiring the dog or its attaining licensing age, and annually thereafter during January, apply for and procure from the Clerk or other official designated by the Township Committee to license dogs, license and official metal registration tag for each such dog so owned, kept or harbored and shall place upon such dog a collar or harness with the registration tag securely fastened thereto.
[Ord. 75-23, S 1]
No license required for the owning, keeping or harboring of a dog shall be granted unless a certificate issued by a duly licensed veterinarian is presented to and filed with the Township Board of Health, evidencing that the dog has been vaccinated against rabies as prescribed by statute and Board of Health ordinances, or has been certified exempt as provided by law.
[Ord. 77-30; Ord. 80-24; Ord. 83-15, S 1; Ord. 12-11]
a. 
A person who shall own, keep or harbor a dog required to be licensed under the provision of N.J.S.A. 4:19-1 et seq. shall make an application to the Township Board of Health for a license and registration tag for such dog within the time limited by the aforesaid statute and shall pay $16.80.
[Amended 11-14-2019 by Ord. No. 19-49]
b. 
In addition to the municipal fees contained in subsection 6-3.2a above, the Board of Health or any other officer or department as designated by the Township Committee, in accordance with N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.3c shall collect and remit to the state, together with the dog registration tag fee of $1.20 for each dog licensed, to be designated for the state Pilot Clinic Fund.
c. 
In addition to the municipal fees contained in subsection 6-3.2a above, the Board of Health or any other officer or department as designated by the Township Committee, in accordance with N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.3b shall collect and remit to the State Department of Health, together with the dog registration fee of $1.20 cited above in subsection 6-3.2b, an additional $3 for any dog of reproductive age which has not had its reproductive capacity permanently altered through sterilization. This fee is to be designated for the Animal Population Control Fund.
d. 
A late fee of $5 shall be assessed to any person who applies for a license and registration tag within 30 days after the last day that such an application was otherwise required to be made. A late fee of $10 per month shall be assessed to any person who applies for a license and registration tag thereafter.
[Added 11-14-2019 by Ord. No. 19-49]
[Ord. 65-11, S 5]
No person except an officer in performance of his duties shall remove a registration tag from the collar of any dog without the consent of the owner, nor shall any person attach a registration tag to a dog for which it was not issued.
[Ord. 65-11, S 6]
Any person who keeps or operates or proposes to establish a kennel, pet shop, shelter or pound, shall apply to the Clerk or other Township official for a license entitling him to keep or operate such establishment.
[Ord. 65-11, S 6]
The application shall describe the premises where the establishment is located or is proposed to be located and the purpose for which it is to be maintained and shall be accompanied by the written approval of the Township Board of Health showing compliance with local and state rules and regulations governing location and situation of such establishment.
[Ord. 65-11, S 6]
All licenses issued for a kennel, pet shop, shelter or pound shall state the purpose for which the establishment is maintained and all such licenses shall expire annually on January 31 and be subject to revocation by the Township on recommendation of the state Department of Health or the Township Board of Health for failure to comply with the rules and regulations of the state department or local board governing the same after the owner has been afforded a hearing by either the state or local board.
[Ord. 65-11, S 6]
Any person holding such license shall not be required to secure individual licenses for dogs owned by such licensee and kept at such establishment. Such license shall not be transferable to another owner or different premises.
[Ord. 65-11, S 7; Ord. 83-15, S 2]
The annual license fee for a kennel providing accommodations for 10 or less dogs shall be $20 and for more than 10 dogs $50. The annual license fee for a pet shop shall be $20. No fee shall be charged for a shelter or pound.
[Ord. 65-11, S 8]
No dog kept in a kennel, pet shop, shelter or pound shall be permitted off such premises, except on leash or in a crate or other safe control.
All pet shops and pet dealers shall comply with the provisions of P.L. 2015, c. 7, as may be supplemented and amended, which, among other things, require pet shops and pet dealers to provide specific information to persons purchasing cats and dogs.
[Ord. No. 2015-11 § 4]
As required by of P.L. 2015, c. 7, all pet shops shall be required to submit annually, by no later than May 1 of each year, a report to the Township providing the following information:
a. 
The name, full street address, email address, if available, and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) license number of:
1. 
Any breeder from which the pet shop purchased an animal, whether or not the pet shop offered the animal for sale;
2. 
Any breeder that bred an animal that the pet shop purchased from a broker, whether or not the pet shop offered the animal for sale; and
3. 
Any broker from which the pet shop purchased an animal, whether or not the pet shop offered the animal for sale.
b. 
If a breeder whose identity the pet shop is required to report pursuant to paragraph a1 or a2 above is required to be licensed in the state in which the breeder is located, the breeder's state license number;
c. 
Paragraph a3 above is different from any breeder whose identity the pet shop is required to report pursuant to paragraph a1 or a2 above, and the broker is required to be licensed in the state in which the broker is licensed, the broker's state license number; and
d. 
The total number of animals for each breeder and broker for which the pet shop has reporting requirements pursuant to paragraphs a1, a2 and a3 above.
[Ord. No. 2015-11 § 4]
Any person who violates any of the provisions of P.L. 2015, c. 7 shall be subject to the penalties as set forth therein (N.J.S.A. 56:8-95.3).
[Ord. No. 2015-11 § 4]
The Township Health Officer is authorized to inspect any pet shop or pet dealer located within the Township during regular business hours to ensure compliance with the provisions of P.L. 2015, c. 7. In the event of noncompliance with the provisions of P.L. 2015,. c. 7, including the reporting requirements as set forth in subsection 6-4.8, the Township Health Officer may recommend the suspension or revocation of any license required by subsection 6-4.1.
[Ord. 65-11, S 9; Ord. 75-23, S 2]
No person owning, keeping or harboring a dog shall permit the dog to be upon the private premises of another without his permission, or upon any street or other public place in the Township unless such dog is securely confined upon an adequate leash not more than six feet long and under the control of a responsible person.
[Ord. 69-16, S 3; Ord. 75-23, S 3; Ord. 98-34, S 1]
No person owning, keeping, harboring or in charge of a dog shall:
a. 
Permit or allow the dog to be or become a public nuisance or create a condition hazardous to health.
b. 
Permit or allow any dog to howl, yelp, whine or bark continually in such a manner as to disturb unreasonably any person or neighborhood.
c. 
Permit or allow any female dog in season to be maintained out of doors unless suitable means have been employed to control the attraction of other dogs.
d. 
Permit or allow any dog to trespass on private property, or to trespass on public property so as to damage any property or thing of value.
e. 
Permit or allow any dog habitually to snap, growl, snarl, jump upon or otherwise threaten persons lawfully using private property, the public streets or other public places.
f. 
Permit or allow any dog to chase, run after, or jump at vehicles using the public streets.
g. 
Permit or allow any dog to soil, defile, or defecate on any common thoroughfare, sidewalk, passageway, bypath, play area, park or any place where people congregate or walk, or upon any public property whatsoever, or upon any private property without the permission of the owner of said property. The restriction in this subsection shall not apply to that portion of the street lying between the curblines or edges of pavement if no curbs exist or the traveled way if no pavement exists, which shall be used to curb such dog under the following conditions:
1. 
The person who so curbs such dog shall immediately remove all feces deposited by such dog by a sanitary method approved by the local health authority.
2. 
The feces removed from the aforementioned designated area shall be disposed of by the person owning, harboring, keeping or in charge of any dog curbed in a sanitary manner approved by the local health authority.
[Ord. 75-23, S 4; Ord. 76-5, S 1]
When a person has been bitten by a dog, such person, or his parent or guardian if he is a minor, or the person caring for him if he is incapacitated, shall immediately notify the police and the Township Board of Health. When the owner or keeper of any dog is notified by the police, or Board of Health, or learns otherwise that the dog has bitten any person or persons, the owner shall comply with the following procedures:
Have the dog examined by a licensed veterinarian within 12 hours if the dog has not been inoculated for rabies. The owner or keeper of the dog shall submit evidence that the dog in question has been inoculated.
Have the dog kept in quarantine, upon the premises of the owner or person in charge or at a licensed kennel for a period of 10 days, if the dog has not been inoculated for rabies, or upon the premises of the owner or person in charge for such period of time, if inoculated.
At the end of 10 days have the dog reexamined by a licensed veterinarian and a written report of the dog's state of health sent to the Board of Health.
[1]
Editor's Note: Prior ordinance history includes portions of Ordinance Nos. 75-23 and 76-5.
As used in this section:
ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER
Shall mean a certified municipal animal control officer or, in the absence of such an officer, the chief law enforcement officer of the Township or his designee.
DEPARTMENT
Shall mean the Department of Health.
DOG
Shall mean any dog or dog hybrid.
DOMESTIC ANIMAL
Shall mean any cat, dog or livestock other than poultry.
POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS DOG
Shall mean any dog or dog hybrid declared potentially dangerous by the Township municipal court.
VICIOUS DOG
Shall mean any dog or dog hybrid declared vicious by the Township municipal court.
An animal control officer shall seize and impound a dog when the officer has reasonable cause to believe that the dog:
a. 
Attacked a person and caused death or serious bodily injury as defined in N.J.S.A. 2C:11-1(b) to that person;
b. 
Caused bodily injury as defined in N.J.S.A. 2C:11-1(a) to a person during an unprovoked attack and poses a serious threat of harm to persons or domestic animals;
c. 
Engaged in dog fighting activities as described in N.J.S.A. 4:22-24 and
d. 
Has been trained, tormented, badgered, baited or encouraged to engage in unprovoked attacks upon persons or domestic animals.
The dog believed to possess the above qualities shall be impounded until the final disposition as to whether a dog is vicious or potentially dangerous is made. Subject to the approval of the Township Health Officer, the dog may be impounded in a facility or structure agreeable to the owner.
a. 
The animal control officer shall notify the Township municipal court and the Township Health Officer immediately that he has seized and impounded a dog pursuant to this section, or that he has reasonable cause to believe that a dog has killed another domestic animal and that a hearing is required. The animal control officer shall, through a reasonable effort, attempt to determine the identity of the owner of any dog seized and impounded pursuant to this section. If its owner cannot be identified within seven days, the dog may be humanely destroyed.
b. 
The animal control officer shall, within three working days of the determination of the owner of a dog seized and impounded pursuant to this section, notify by certified mail, return receipt requested, the owner concerning the seizure and impoundment and that, if the owner wishes, a hearing will be held to determine whether the impounded dog is vicious or potentially dangerous. This notice shall also require that the owner return within seven days, by certified mail or hand delivery, a signed statement indicating whether he wishes the hearing to be conducted, or, if not, to relinquish ownership of the dog, in which case the dog may be humanely destroyed. If the owner cannot be notified by certified mail, return receipt requested, or refuses to sign for the certified letter, or does not reply to the certified letter with a signed statement within seven days of receipt, the dog may be humanely destroyed.
a. 
The Township municipal court shall declare the dog vicious if it finds by clear and convincing evidence that the dog:
1. 
Killed a person or caused serious bodily injury as defined in N.J.S.A. 2C:11-1(b) to a person; or
2. 
Has engaged in dog fighting activities as described in N.J.S.A. 4:22-24 and N.J.S.A. 4:22-26.
b. 
A dog shall not be declared vicious as a result of inflicting death or serious bodily injury as defined in N.J.S.A. 2C:11-1(b) upon a person if the dog was provoked. The Township shall bear the burden of proof to demonstrate that the dog was not provoked.
c. 
If the municipal court declares a dog to be vicious and no appeal is made of this ruling, the dog shall be destroyed in a humane and expeditious manner, except that no dog may be destroyed during the pendency of an appeal.
a. 
The municipal court shall declare a dog to be potentially dangerous if it finds by clear and convincing evidence that the dog:
1. 
Caused bodily injury as defined in N.J.S. 2C:11-1(a) to a person during an unprovoked attack, and poses a serious threat of bodily injury or death to a person; or
2. 
Severely injured or killed another domestic animal, and (a) poses a threat of serious bodily injury or death to a person; or (b) poses a threat of death to another domestic animal; or
3. 
Has been trained, tormented, badgered, baited or encouraged to engage in unprovoked attacks upon persons or domestic animals.
b. 
A dog shall not be declared potentially dangerous for:
1. 
Causing bodily injury as defined in N.J.S. 2C:11-1(a) to a person if the dog was provoked, or
2. 
Severely injuring or killing a domestic animal if the domestic animal was the aggressor.
For the purposes of paragraph b1, the municipality shall bear the burden of proof to demonstrate that the dog was not provoked.
In the event that the Township municipal court declares a dog to be potentially dangerous, it shall issue an order and a schedule for compliance which, in part:
a. 
Shall require the owner to comply with the following conditions:
1. 
To apply, at his own expense, to the Township Clerk or other official designated to license dogs for a special Township potentially dangerous dog license, Township registration number and red identification tag. The owner shall, at his own expense, have the registration number tattooed upon the dog in a prominent location. The potentially dangerous dog shall be impounded until the owner obtains the Township potentially dangerous dog license, Township registration number and red identification tag;
2. 
To display, in a conspicuous manner, a sign on his premises warning that a potentially dangerous dog is on the premises. The sign shall be visible and legible from 50 feet of the enclosure required below;
3. 
To immediately erect and maintain an enclosure for the potentially dangerous dog on the property where the potentially dangerous dog will be kept and maintained, which has sound sides, top and bottom to prevent the potentially dangerous dog from escaping by climbing, jumping or digging and within a fence of at least six feet in height separated by at least three feet from the confined area. The owner of the potentially dangerous dog shall securely lock the enclosure to prevent the entry of the general public and to preclude any release or escape of the potentially dangerous dog by an unknowing child or other person. All potentially dangerous dogs shall be confined in the enclosure, or, if taken out of the enclosure, securely muzzled and restrained with a tether approved by the animal control officer and having a minimum tensile strength sufficiently in excess of that required to restrict the potentially dangerous dog's movements to a radius of no more than three feet from the owner and the dog shall be under the direct supervision of the owner.
b. 
May require the owner to maintain liability insurance in an amount determined by the Township municipal court to cover any damage or injury caused by the potentially dangerous dog. The liability insurance, which may be separate from any homeowner policy, shall contain a provision requiring that the Township be named as an additional insured for the sole purpose of being notified by the insurance company of any cancellation, termination or expiration of the liability insurance policy.
The owner of the dog, or the animal control officer in the Township, may appeal any final decision or judgment, including any conditions attached thereto, of the Township municipal court by filing an appeal with the Superior Court, Law Division, in accordance with the Rules Governing the Courts of the State of New Jersey pertaining to appeals from courts of a limited jurisdiction. The Superior Court shall hear the appeal by conducting a hearing de novo in the manner established by those rules for appeals from courts of limited jurisdiction.
a. 
If a dog is declared vicious or potentially dangerous, and all appeals pertaining thereto have been exhausted, the owner of the dog shall be liable to the Township for the cost and expenses of impounding the dog (see section 6-9 for fee schedule of these costs and expenses). In addition to the above charges, the owner of the dog shall be liable to the Township for all costs and expenses of destroying the dog pursuant to the provisions hereof. The owner shall incur the expense of impounding the dog in a facility other than the municipal pound, regardless of whether the dog is ultimately found to be vicious or potentially dangerous.
b. 
If the dog has bitten or exposed in another manner a person within 10 days previous to the time of euthanasia, its head shall be transported to the New Jersey State Department of Health laboratory for rabies testing.
If the Township municipal court finds that a dog is not vicious or potentially dangerous, the municipal court shall retain the right to convene a hearing to determine whether the dog is vicious or potentially dangerous for any subsequent actions of the dog.
The owner of a potentially dangerous dog shall:
a. 
Comply with the provisions of this section in accordance with the schedule established by the municipal court, but in no case more than 60 days subsequent to the date of determination;
b. 
Notify the animal control officer if a potentially dangerous dog is at large or has attacked a human being or killed a domestic animal;
c. 
Notify the animal control officer within 24 hours of the death, sale or donation of a potentially dangerous dog;
d. 
Upon the sale or donation of the dog to a person residing in a different municipality, notify the licensing authority, police department or force and animal control officer of that municipality of the transfer of ownership and the name, address and telephone of the new owner; and
e. 
In addition to any license fee required pursuant to section 6-3, pay a potentially dangerous dog license fee to the municipality. (See subsection 6-6B.13.)
Any owner of a potentially dangerous or vicious dog who is found by clear and convincing evidence to have violated this section or any rule or regulation adopted pursuant thereto, or has failed to comply with the Township municipal court's order shall be subject to the penalties and other provisions of section 3-10 entitled "Penalty" of the Revised General Ordinances of the Township of Warren, 1972. The Township municipal court shall have jurisdiction to enforce this section. An animal control officer is authorized to seize and impound any potentially dangerous dog whose owner fails to comply with the provisions of this section or any rule or regulation adopted pursuant thereto or the Township municipal court's order. The Township municipal court may order that the dog so seized and impounded be destroyed in an expeditious and humane manner.
The Township shall:
a. 
Issue a potentially dangerous dog registration number and red identification tag along with a Township potentially dangerous dog license upon the demonstration of sufficient evidence by the owner to the animal control officer that he has complied with the municipal court orders and that the potentially dangerous dog has had a rabies vaccination valid for the term of the potentially dangerous dog license. The last three digits of each potentially dangerous dog registration number issued by the Township will be the three number code assigned to the Township in the regulations promulgated pursuant to N.J.S.A. 4:19-33. The animal control officer shall verify, in writing, compliance to the Township Clerk or other official designated to license dogs in the Township.
b. 
Publicize a telephone number for reporting violations of this section.
The fee to be paid annually for a potentially dangerous dog license and each renewal thereof shall be $700.
The animal control officer shall inspect the enclosure and the remainder of the owner's property at least monthly to determine continuing compliance with this section.
All fines and fees collected or received by the Township pursuant to subsections 6-6B.11 and 6-6B.13 of this section shall be deposited in a special account and used by the Township to administer and enforce the provisions hereof.
The provisions of this section shall not apply to dogs used for law enforcement activities.
The Township Committee shall have power to appoint a poundmaster or other designated authority whose duty it shall be to enforce this chapter. The Township shall also have power to appoint or enter into contract with one or more persons, for the exercise of the duties of dog catcher, dog warden or poundmaster and the enforcement of this chapter.
The dog catcher, dog warden or pound master of the Township shall take into custody and impound or cause to be taken into custody and impounded and thereafter destroyed or offered for adoption as provided in this section:
a. 
Any dog off the premises of the owner or of the person keeping or harboring said dog which said official or his agent or agents have reason to believe is a stray dog;
b. 
Any dog off the premises of the owner or of the person keeping or harboring the dog without a current registration tag on his collar;
c. 
Any female in season off the premises of the owner or of the person keeping or harboring the dog;
d. 
Any dog or other animal which is suspected to be rabid;
e. 
Any dog or other animal off the premises of the owner reported to, or observed by, a certified control officer to be ill, injured or creating a threat to public health, safety or welfare or otherwise interfering with the enjoyment of property.
If any dog impounded pursuant to this section wears a collar or harness having inscribed thereon or attached thereto the name or address of any person or a registration tag, or the owner or the person keeping or harboring the dog is known, the dog catcher, dog warden or pound master of the Township or any person authorized by the Township Committee on their behalf, shall serve on such person a notice in writing stating that the animal has been seized and will be liable to be offered for adoption or destroyed if not claimed within seven days after the service of the notice.
A notice under this section will be served either by delivering it to the person on whom it is to be served, by leaving it at the person's usual or last known place of abode, or at the address given on the collar or by forwarding it by post in a prepaid envelope addressed to that person at his usual or last known place of abode or to the address given on the collar.
Any person authorized by the Township Committee to cause an animal to be destroyed in a manner causing as little pain as possible and consistent with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 4:22-19 may offer the animal for adoption seven days after seizure; provided that (1) notice is given as set forth above and the animal remains unclaimed; or (2) the owner or person keeping or harboring the animal has not claimed the animal and paid all expenses incurred by reason of its detention; or (3) the owner or person keeping or harboring the dog which was unlicensed at the time of seizure does not produce a license and registration tag for the dog. At the time of adoption the right of ownership in the animal shall transfer to the new owner. No dog or other animal so caught and detained or procured, obtained, sent or brought to a pound or shelter shall be sold or otherwise made available for the purpose of experimentation. Any person who sells or otherwise makes available any such dog or other animal for the purpose of experimentation shall be guilty of a disorderly persons offense. Any animal seized under this section which is suspected of being rabid shall be immediately reported to the executive officer of the Township Board of Health and to the Department of Health.
The expenses referred to in section 6-8 which shall be paid by the owner or person keeping or harboring a dog that has been impounded in any one-year period, shall be $15 for the impounding and $4 per calendar day for the first seven days that the dog is impounded for maintenance costs and the prevailing kennel daily rate for each day that the dog remains impounded after the said seven day initial impounding period for maintenance costs. Payment of impounding and maintenance fees shall not relieve a party from being charged with violation of any other provision of this chapter. No owner or person keeping or harboring a dog shall be permitted to claim an impounded dog unless he produces a license and registration tag for the dog.
The fee above mentioned shall be paid to the Township Clerk and shall be forwarded to the Township Treasurer within 30 days after collection or receipt and shall be placed in the same account with the license fees.
In the event any temporary emergency should arise which, in the opinion of the Township Committee cause such action to be advisable for the proper protection of the health, safety and welfare of the public, the Township Committee may, by resolution, for a specified period of time recited in the resolution, order that all dogs in the Township or in a specified area thereof be securely muzzled whenever outside of buildings or fenced enclosures of their owners or custodians. After the adoption of such resolution and its being advertised once in the newspaper in which official legal advertisements of the Township are placed, no person owning, keeping, harboring or having custody of any dog shall suffer or permit it to be outside a building or fenced enclosure located upon premises under his control while not securely muzzled. Upon ascertaining that any dog has attacked or bitten a human being or has been found killing, worrying or wounding any livestock or domestic animal the dog warden may, by written notice served upon the person owning, keeping, harboring or having custody of such dog, order that such dog be securely muzzled whenever outside of buildings or fenced enclosures of its owner or custodian until such order is rescinded by the dog warden or the Township Committee, to which the owner or custodian may appeal at any time. During the duration of any such order, no person owning, keeping, harboring or having custody of such dog shall suffer or permit it to be outside a building or fenced enclosure located upon premises under his control while not securely muzzled. A notice under this section shall be served in the same manner as provided in subsection 6-8.2.
In the event any dog has attacked or bitten a human being and it cannot be established that the dog has been currently immunized against rabies, the dog warden may order that such dog be quarantined at an established commercial boarding kennel within the County of Somerset or at the premises of a licensed veterinarian. The expense of maintaining the dog shall be borne by the owner thereof.
Any officer or agent authorized or empowered to perform any duty under this chapter is hereby authorized to go upon any premises to seize for impounding any dog which he may lawfully seize and impound when such officer is in immediate pursuit of such dog, except upon the premises of the owner of the dog if the owner is present and forbids the same.
This chapter shall not be construed as giving any authority for disposal of impounded dogs for medical research or for compulsory inoculation of dogs with anti-rabies vaccines.
The provisions of R.S. 4:19-15.1, et seq., as amended and supplemented, known as the Dog Control Act, shall be and are considered an integral part of this chapter when not expressly set forth in this chapter and shall be strictly enforced in the Township.
The conduct of a dog shall be attributed to the person owning, keeping, or harboring it, and such person shall be deemed to have permitted any dog who acts contrary to the requirements of this chapter to act so, and such owner shall be guilty of a violation hereof.
[Amended 11-14-2019 by Ord. No. 19-49]
a. 
Any person who violates any provision of this chapter or any of the rules and regulations of the State Department of Health governing the sanitary conduct and operation of kennels, pet shops, shelters and pounds, to preserve the sanitation therein and prevent the spread of rabies and other diseases of dogs within and from such establishments, shall be subject, upon conviction thereof, to a penalty of not less than $25 nor more than $500 or to imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or both. Notwithstanding the foregoing, if a person violates the requirements of § 6-3 of the Revised General Ordinances of the Township of Warren, said person shall be subject to a fine of $50 per dog per day, not to exceed $500 per dog per annum.
b. 
Each day that a violation of this chapter continues to exist shall constitute a separate offense.