[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Roselle as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 7-29-1960 by Ord. No. 1037]
Any person who shall own, keep or harbor a dog of licensing age shall annually apply for and procure from the Borough Clerk a license and official metal registration tag for each such dog and shall place upon such dog a collar or harness with the registration tag securely fastened thereto. A dog shall be of licensing age which has attained the age of seven months or which possesses a set of permanent teeth.
[Amended 12-8-1976 by Ord. No. 1387; 1-13-1982 by Ord. No. 1538]
The person applying for the license and registration tag shall pay a fee of $9 for each dog, which sum shall include the charge for the registration tag of each dog and $0.20 of that amount being allocated for the Pilot Clinic Fund. An additional surcharge of $3 shall be paid on all licenses issued for nonspayed and nonneutered dogs, and such surcharge shall be allocated for the Animal Population Control Fund. For each annual renewal, the fee for the license, including the registration tag, shall be the same as for the original license, including the tag. Said licenses, registration tags and renewals thereof shall expire on the last day of December of each year. Persons renewing a license after January 31 shall, in addition to the fee set forth above, pay a surcharge of $2 per license. Fees for new licenses shall not be prorated, regardless of the date of issue.
[Amended 5-11-1983 by Ord. No. 1572; 8-24-1983 by Ord. No. 1584; 8-22-1984 by Ord. No. 1608; 5-9-2007 by Ord. No. 2273-07]
A veterinary certificate indicating that the dog is currently vaccinated against rabies as outlined in N.J.S.A. 4:19-15.2a shall be required.
[Added 4-13-1983 by Ord. No. 1567]
No person shall keep, harbor or maintain any dog which habitually barks or cries.
[Amended 10-12-1970 by Ord. No. 1250]
Leash required; penalties.
[Amended 10-22-1997 by Ord. No. 2060]
No person owning, keeping or harboring any dog shall suffer or permit it to run at large upon the public streets or in any public park or in any public premises or building, or in any premises or buildings of others who have not consented thereto, within the Borough of Roselle, unless such dog is accompanied by a responsible person and securely confined and controlled by an adequate leash not more than four feet long whether fixed or retractable.
The penalty for a first offense for a violation of the within subsection shall be $100; the penalty for a second offense shall be $200; the penalty for third and subsequent offenses shall be $300.
A dog shall be deemed to be running at large and not to be securely confined and controlled by an adequate leash if such dog shall be permitted, allowed or suffered to deposit excrement in or upon any sidewalk, public park, public premises or buildings or in any premises or buildings of others who have not consented to permit such dog to run at large in their premises or buildings.
A dog shall be deemed to be running at large and not to be securely confined and controlled by an adequate leash if such dog shall be permitted, allowed or suffered to deposit urine in or upon any lawn, shrubbery, sidewalk or public building or in any premises or buildings of others who have not consented to permit such dog to run at large in their premises or buildings.
Editor's Note: Ord. No. 1250, adopted 10-12-1970, adopted supplements to the Revised Ordinances of the Borough of Roselle adopted 7-29-1960 by Ord. No. 1037.
[Added 5-25-1977 by Ord. No. 1405]
No more than four dogs of licensing age shall be kept, maintained or harbored at one time for any length of time in any residential housing unit or on its grounds or in any business establishment or on its grounds. This restriction shall not apply to properly licensed kennels, pet shops, pounds and shelters.
[Amended 1-8-1975 by Ord. No. 1338]
Any person who violates or refuses to comply with the provisions of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a fine of not more than $500 or to imprisonment in the county jail for not more than 90 days, or both, but in no event less than $10 for the first offense, $25 for the second and third offense and $50 for each subsequent offense.
[Adopted 11-24-1987 by Ord. No. 1689; amended in its entirety 2-21-1996 by Ord. No. 1999]
As used herein, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS DOG
- Any dog or dog hybrid declared potentially dangerous by a municipal court pursuant to Section 7 of P.L. 1989, c. 307 (N.J.S.A. 4:19-23).
- VICIOUS DOG
- Any dog or dog hybrid declared vicious by a municipal court pursuant to Section 6 of P.L. 1989, c. 307 (N.J.S.A. 4:19-22).
Any person, corporation, partnership or other association within the Borough of Roselle who owns a vicious or potentially dangerous dog shall obtain a special license therefor from the Borough of Roselle. Such license shall be obtained within 30 days of the effective date of this article. Such license shall be in addition to any other license required by local ordinance or state statute.
The application for the license shall contain such information as the Borough of Roselle feels is in the best interests of the Borough of Roselle to know, including but not limited to the following: the name and address of the owner and handler and the address where the vicious or potentially dangerous dog is to be housed or maintained. In the event any of the information on said application indicating the new information at least one week prior to such change.
No person under the age of 18 years may own, control, attempt to control or walk a vicious or potentially dangerous dog. In the event of a violation of this section, such person may be charged with an act of delinquency if so permitted by state statute, and the owner and/or handler of the vicious or potentially dangerous dog, if the owner and/or handler is 18 years of age or over, shall be subject to the fines and penalties set forth in this article.
No person shall walk more than one vicious or potentially dangerous dog at a time.
In the event any vicious or potentially dangerous dog is sold or otherwise transferred to another person, corporation, partnership or association, the transfer of ownership shall be reported to the Borough of Roselle on an amended application form to be filed with the Borough of Roselle at least one week in advance of such sale or transfer.
Whenever a vicious or potentially dangerous dog is outside of closed premises, it shall have a muzzle securely affixed to the animal's mouth which shall be affixed to a harness and which must prevent the animal from using its mouth for fighting. The leash and collar must be of steel only, and no barbed-wire collar or other type of collar shall be permitted on the vicious or potentially dangerous dog which shall hamper efforts to subdue the animal. In addition, any owner and/or handler who walks such an animal shall carry with him/her an implement which can force open the animal's jaws.
All applications and amended applications filed herein shall be on file with the Office of the Borough Clerk and shall be accompanied by a fee of $10 for an initial application and a fee of $5 for subsequent applications or amendments.
The Borough Clerk shall forthwith transmit copies of each such application, subsequent application and amendment to the Police and Fire Departments and such other departments as shall request such information.
Any person, partnership, association or corporation which shall violate any of the provisions of this article may be fined in an amount not to exceed $1,000 and/or six months in jail for each such violation. In addition, if any person, partnership, association or corporation is guilty of a second or subsequent offense under this article, the animal in question shall be confiscated by the Borough of Roselle.