For the purpose of this ordinance, the terms used herein are defined as follows:
- 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.
- GROOMING ESTABLISHMENT
- Shall mean any place that washes, clips or trims dogs and cats, but where such animal may or may not be kept overnight.
- Shall mean any establishment wherein or whereon the business of boarding or selling dogs or breeding dogs for sale is carried on a regular basis except a pet shop. Every place where four or more dogs of licensing age are kept or maintained for any reason, commercial or otherwise, in any one place or establishment shall be considered a kennel.
- When applied to the proprietorship of a dog, shall mean and include every person having a right or property in such dog and every person who has such dog in his keeping.
- PET SHOP
- Shall mean any room or group of rooms, cage or exhibition pen, not part of a kennel, wherein dogs for sale are kept or displayed.
- Shall mean an establishment for the confinement of dogs seized under the provisions of this chapter or otherwise.
- Shall mean any establishment where dogs are received, housed and distributed without charge.
No person, firm, corporation or owner shall operate or maintain a kennel, pet shop, pound, shelter or grooming establishment without first obtaining a license. The application for license shall describe the premises where the establishment is located or is proposed to be located, the purpose or purposes for which it is to be maintained, and shall be in compliance with the local and State rules and regulations governing the location and sanitation of such establishments, and be in compliance with this chapter. Said application shall have annexed blueprints of the building showing the site and plans of the premises and building and grounds. Upon approval of an application for license hereunder by the Board of Health of the Township of Long Hill, the Township Clerk of the Township of Long Hill shall issue the license upon payment of the fee therefor as provided by the Township of Long Hill. All licenses issued hereunder shall expire on the last day of January of each year.
Kennels, pet shops, shelters and pounds shall comply with the provision of the State regulations regarding sanitary operation of kennels, pet shops, shelters and pounds set forth at N.J.A.C. 8:23A in the maintenance and care of all animals subject to rabies and other diseases of dogs, as well as rules, regulations and ordinances enacted by the Township Board of Health or the Township Committee. A certificate of inspection, issued for the current licensing year by the Township Board of Health indicating compliance with N.J.A.C. 8:23A-1 and this chapter shall be prominently displayed at the facility in an area visible to the public. The telephone of the Township Board of Health shall be on the certificate.
Whenever a dog, cat or other animal is affected by rabies or suspected of being affected by rabies or has been bitten by an animal known or suspected to be affected by rabies, any person operating or employed at a kennel, pet shop, shelter or pound shall at once notify the Township Board of Health in accordance with the requirements of N.J.S.A. 26:4-78 and any other applicable provisions of Article VII of Chapter 4 of Title 26 and the applicable regulations set forth in Chapter 23 of Title 8 of the New Jersey Administrative Code.
Records shall be maintained in accordance with the requirements of N.J.A.C. 8:23A-1.13.
The Township Clerk of the Township of Long Hill is hereby designated as the official who shall forward to the State Department of Health a list of all licensed kennels, pet shops, shelters, pounds and grooming establishments within 30 days after the licenses are issued, which list shall include the name and address of the license and the kind of license issued.
Every kennel, pet shop, shelter, pound and grooming establishment subject to this chapter shall be maintained and operated in such a manner that it is not a nuisance in the neighborhood and that there is no excessive noise or odors.
Any person who violates any provision of, or order promulgated under this chapter, or the Code adopted by reference shall, upon conviction, be liable for the penalty established in BH1-2.