Township of Long Hill, NJ
Morris County
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[1967 Code § 26-8; Ord. No. 28-90]
As used in this section:
ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER
Shall mean the person appointed by the Township Committee pursuant to N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.16b, who is responsible for animal control within the Township. Such person must be certified by the New Jersey Commissioner of Health in accordance with N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.16a.
AT LARGE
Shall mean off the premises of the owner and not under the control of the owner or a member of his immediate family, either by leash, cord or chain or otherwise as in the case of obedience trained dogs.
BITE
Shall mean to seize with the teeth or jaws so as to enter, nip or grip the person or thing seized, also to cut, wound, pierce or to impress deeply the person or thing seized.
DOG
Shall mean any dog, bitch or spayed bitch.
DOG OF LICENSING AGE
Shall mean any dog which has attained the age of seven months or which possesses a set of permanent teeth.
OWNER
When applied to the proprietorship of a dog, shall mean and include every person having a right of property in such dog and every person who has such dog or other animal in his keeping. A person shall be deemed to have a dog in his keeping whenever the ownership or custody of any dog is in an unemancipated infant or other member of his household.
OWNER'S PREMISES
Shall mean and include the building and the plot of land on which the building stands in which the owner of a dog has a place of abode or place of business in the Township.
VICIOUS DOG
Shall mean any dog or dog hybrid declared vicious by the panel pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 4:19-22 as supplemented and amended.
[1967 Code § 26-9; Ord. No. 25-74]
a. 
The position of Animal Control Officer is hereby established under the jurisdiction of the Township Committee. The duties of the Animal Control Officer shall be the enforcement of the measures and provisions for the control of dogs contained in N.J.S.A. 19:15-1 through N.J.S.A. 19:15-1.29 and any amendments thereof, and the provisions of this section.
b. 
The salary of the Animal Control Officer if a Township employee shall be as specified in the Salary Ordinance as amended.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: The Salary Ordinance is on file in the Township Clerk's Office.
[1967 Code § 26-12]
No person shall keep or harbor or suffer the keeping or harboring within the Township any dog without first obtaining a license, to be issued by the Township Clerk upon application by the owner or some person on behalf of 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 section and the provisions for the control of dogs contained in N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.1 through 19-15.29 and any amendments thereof. Licenses for not more than three dogs for any one household may be issued for the same period; provided, however, that nothing in this subsection shall prohibit the Township Committee, upon application to it and upon the showing of special and exceptional circumstances, to authorize by resolution the issuance of one or more additional licenses. Any additional dog of licensing age, over three in number, and not specifically authorized by the Township Committee as herein provided, shall make the person owning or harboring it liable for owning or harboring an unlicensed dog.
[1967 Code § 26-13]
Any person who shall own, keep or harbor or suffer the keeping or harboring of any dog of licensing age within the Township shall, annually in the month of January, apply for and procure from the Township Clerk a license and official registration tag for each such dog so owned, kept or harbored and shall place upon each such dog a collar or harness with the registration tag securely fastened thereto.
[1967 Code § 26-14; Ord. No. 21-73; Ord. No. 6-79; Ord. No. 26-81; Ord. No. 6-83; Ord. No. 45-88; Ord. No. 27-92 § 2; Ord. No. 207-07 § 1; Ord. No. 271-10]
a. 
The dog owner or some person on his or her behalf shall apply for a one year license and registration tag for each dog. The fee for a one year license and registration tag shall be $17.50 for each spayed/neutered dog and $20.50 for each unspayed/neutered dog.
b. 
$16.30 from each one year fee shall be retained by the Township for the Dog Damage Trust Account. $1.20 from each one year fee shall be forwarded to the New Jersey State Department of Health and Senior Services ("DHSS") in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.11 and 15.3c and any amendments thereto and $3 from each one year fee for an unspayed/unneutered dog shall be forwarded to DHSS in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.3b and any amendments thereto.
c. 
Each one year license and registration tag shall expire on January 31 following the day of original issuance. Any person who fails to obtain a renewal license prior to January 31, shall pay a penalty fee of $5 for the issuance of the license on and after February 1, which amount shall be in addition to the license and registration tag fee hereinabove set forth. The penalty fee shall be retained by the Township.
d. 
Dogs used as guide dogs for blind persons commonly known as seeing eye, hearing ear and service dogs, shall be licensed and registered as other dogs hereinabove provided for, except that the owner or keeper of such dogs shall not be required to pay any fee therefor.
e. 
The owner of any newly acquired dog of licensing age shall make application for such license and registration tag for such dog within 10 days after such acquisition or age attainment as defined in this Code and N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.1.
[1967 Code § 26-11]
No person shall keep within the Township any dog causing a nuisance and disturbing the peace or quiet of the neighborhood unnecessarily.
[1967 Code § 26-15]
No owner of any dog shall suffer or permit such dog to be upon any private property other than the premises of the owner without consent of the owner or tenant of the private property.
[1967 Code § 26-16]
The Animal Control Officer, when in immediate pursuit of a dog which he may lawfully seize or impound under the provisions of this section, or under the statutes of the State, is hereby authorized to go upon or enter into any premises, but not to enter an inhabited dwelling house without permission of the owner, to seize such dog for impounding, and such entry shall not be deemed a trespass, except that he may not go upon any premises if the owner thereof, or the owner's representative, is present and forbids him to do so. A suitable animal pound or equivalent facilities shall be provided by the Township, and it shall be the duty of the Animal Control Officer to clean and otherwise take care of the pound or facility and to feed regularly and give other necessary care to any and all animals impounded therein.
[1967 Code § 26-17]
It shall be the duty of the Animal Control Officer to apprehend and take into custody and impound, or cause to be taken into custody and impounded, any vicious dog or any dog found running at large contrary to the provision of subsection 5-1.7, and to impound such dog in the municipal pound or other suitable place. A complete registry of all dogs so seized shall be made, which shall include the breed, color and sex of such dog and whether licensed. If licensed, the name and address of the owner and the number of the license tag shall also be recorded.
[1967 Code § 26-18]
If any dog seized or impounded in accordance with the provisions of this section shall wear a collar or harness having inscribed thereon or attached thereto the name and address of any person or a registration tag, or the owner or the person keeping or harboring said dog is known, the Animal Control Officer shall serve upon the person whose address is given on the collar, or the owner or person keeping or harboring the dog, if known, notice in writing stating that the dog has been seized and will be liable to be disposed of or destroyed if not claimed within seven days after the service of the notice.
[1967 Code § 26-19; Ord. 9-74; Ord. No. 6-75; Ord. No. 6-79]
a. 
When any dog has been seized in accordance with the provisions of this section and has been detained for seven days after such notice, when notice can be given as set forth in subsection 5-1.10, or has been detained for seven days after seizure, when no notice has been given as set forth in subsection 5-1.10, and if the owner or person keeping or harboring the dog has not claimed the dog and paid all expenses incurred by reason of its detention as hereinafter provided, and if the dog is unlicensed at the time of seizure and the owner or person keeping or harboring the dog has not produced a license and registration tag for the dog, the Animal Control Officer may cause the dog to be destroyed in a manner causing as little pain as possible.
b. 
Charges for impounding and maintenance shall be paid directly to the Animal Control Officer in the amounts set forth in the contract between the Township and the Animal Control Officer.
[1967 Code § 26-10; Ord. No. 28-90]
Any vicious dog or potentially dangerous dog shall be handled in accordance with the provisions and requirements of N.J.S.A. 4:19-17 through N.J.S.A. 4:19-37 (inclusive) as supplemented and amended, and the regulations adopted pursuant thereto.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former subsection 5-1.13, Removal of Dog Feces, previously codified herein and containing portions of Ordinance No. 18-92, was repealed in its entirety by Ordinance No. 162-05. See Section 5-3 for disposal of pet waste.
[1967 Code § 26-20]
No person shall hurt, molest or interfere with anyone authorized or empowered to perform any duty under this section.
[1967 Code § 26-21]
Any person violating the provisions of this section upon conviction thereof, be punished shall, by a fine not exceeding $10 for the first offense, a fine not exceeding $15 for the second offense, and a fine not exceeding $50 for the third and each subsequent offense, or by imprisonment for any term not exceeding 10 days, or both.
[1967 Code § 26-1]
No person in the Township shall own, possess, harbor or have in custody for more than 30 days any dog over six months of age unless such dog has been vaccinated against rabies by a duly licensed veterinarian of the State of New Jersey. Such vaccination shall be repeated annually and is to consist of one injection of not less than five c.c. of antirabic vaccine of standard and accepted formula and manufactured under a license of the United States Bureau of Animal Industry of the Department of Agriculture; provided, however, that any dog may be exempt from the requirement of such vaccination, for a specified period of time, upon the presentation of a certificate from a duly licensed veterinarian stating that by reason of age, infirmity or other physical condition, the vaccination of such dog, for such specified period of time, is contraindicated.
[1967 Code § 26-2]
Any person owning, harboring or having custody of a dog shall obtain from the veterinarian who vaccinates the dog against rabies a certificate on a form available at the Township Clerk's office, and shall, within 10 days of such vaccination, or within 10 days after bringing the dog into the Township, if the dog was vaccinated before being brought in the Township, deliver the certificate to the Clerk's office, who shall file the same.
[1967 Code § 26-3]
No license required for the owning and keeping of dogs, by virtue of any law of the State, or ordinance of the Township, shall be issued to any person unless a certificate issued by a duly licensed veterinarian of the State, as hereinabove provided, is presented to and filed with the Township Clerk, showing that such dog has been vaccinated against rabies in the manner provided herein. Such certificate to show and certify that the vaccination has been made within one year from the date of the filing of the application for such license, except that if a dog has been inoculated with an avianized vaccine, then in the latter case the certificate shall show that the inoculation has been made within three years from the date of filing of the application.
[1967 Code § 26-4]
The Board of Health is hereby authorized and empowered to provide free vaccination of such dogs at a suitable clinic and place designated by it, to be conducted by a licensed veterinarian of the State. The Board of Health is hereby further authorized and empowered to make and adopt such rules and regulations, not inconsistent or in conflict with the terms and provisions of this section, as it may deem proper and necessary for the enforcement of this section.
[1967 Code § 26-5]
Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this section shall, upon conviction, be liable to the penalty stated in Chapter 1, Section 1-5 and each violation of any of the provisions of this section, and each day the same is violated, shall be deemed and taken to be a separate and distinct offense.
[Ord. No. 162-05 § 2]
The purpose of this section is to establish requirements for the proper disposal of pet solid waste in Long Hill Township, so as to protect public health, safety and welfare, and to prescribe penalties for failure to comply.
[Ord. No. 162-05 § 2]
For the purpose of this section, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meanings stated herein unless their use in the text of this section clearly demonstrates a different meaning. When not inconsistent with the context, words used in the present tense include the future, words used in the plural number include the singular number and words used in the singular number include the plural number. The word 'shall' is always mandatory and not merely directory.
IMMEDIATE
Shall mean that the pet solid waste is removed at once, without delay.
OWNERS/KEEPERS
Shall mean any person who shall possess, maintain, house or harbor any pet or otherwise have custody of any pet, whether or not the owner of such pet.
PERSON
Shall mean any individual, corporation, company, partnership, firm, association or political subdivision of this State subject to municipal jurisdiction.
PET
Shall mean a domesticated animal (other than a disability assistance animal) kept for amusement or companionship.
PET SOLID WASTE
Shall mean waste matter expelled from the bowels of the pet; excrement.
PROPER DISPOSAL
Shall mean placement in a designated waste receptacle, or other suitable container, and discarded in a refuse container which is regularly emptied by the municipality or some other refuse collector; or disposal into a system designed to convey domestic sewage for proper treatment and disposal.
[Ord. No. 162-05 § 2]
All pet owners and keepers are required to immediately and properly dispose of their pet's solid waste deposited on any property, public or private, not owned or possessed by that person.
[Ord. No. 162-05 § 2]
Any owner or keeper who requires the use of a disability assistance animal shall be exempt from the provisions of this section while such animal is being used for that purpose.
[Ord. No. 162-05 § 2]
The provisions of this section shall be enforced by the Code Enforcement Officer, the Sanitarian and the Police Department of Long Hill Township.
[Ord. No. 162-05 § 2]
Any person, firm or corporation who violates any provision of this section shall, upon conviction, be liable to the penalties set forth in Chapter 1, Section 1-5 of this Code.
[Ord. No. 198-06 § 1]
A person who leaves a living animal unattended in a motor vehicle under inhumane conditions adverse to the health of the animal shall be guilty of a violation of this section and shall upon conviction be liable to the penalties stated in Section 1-5 of this Code.