Borough of Palisades Park, NJ
Bergen County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[Adopted 7-8-1976 as Chapter V of the Revised General Ordinances of 1975]
A. 
Definitions. As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
DOG
Any dog, bitch or spayed bitch.
DOG OF LICENSING AGE
Any dog which has attained the age of seven months or which possesses a set of permanent teeth.
KENNEL
Any establishment wherein or whereon the business of boarding or selling dogs or breeding dogs for sale is carried on, except a pet shop.
OWNER
When applied to the proprietorship of a dog, includes every person having a right of property in such dog and every person who has such dog in his keeping.
PET SHOP
Any room or group of rooms, cage or exhibition pen, not part of a kennel, wherein dogs for sale are kept or displayed.
POUND
An establishment for the confinement of dogs seized either under the provisions of this chapter or otherwise.
SHELTER
Any establishment where dogs are received, housed and distributed without charge.
B. 
Word usage. "And" and "or" may be used interchangeably, and either of the two may be applicable, whichever is more conducive towards the effectuating of this article.
No person shall keep or harbor any dog within the Borough without first obtaining a license therefor, to be issued by the Board of Health upon application by the owner and payment of the prescribed fee, and no person shall keep or harbor any dog in the Borough except in compliance with the provisions of this article.
Any person who shall own, keep or harbor a dog of licensing age shall annually apply for and procure from the Board of Health a license and official metal 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.
[Amended 10-8-1981 by Ord. No. 941; 8-11-1983 by Ord. No. 985; 6-23-1986; 12-27-1988 by Ord. No. 1081; 4-21-1998 by Ord. No. 1298; 11-12-2002 by Ord. No. 1408]
A. 
Eight dollars per year for any sterilized dog over the age of six months, which proof of sterilization must be presented at the time of application;
B. 
Eleven dollars per year for any nonsterilized dog over the age of six months; or
C. 
In addition, three-year licenses shall be available at a cost of $22 covering a three-year period for any sterilized dog over the age of six months, which proof of sterilization must be presented at time of application, and three-year licenses shall be available at a cost of $32 for any nonsterilized dog over the age of six months; and
D. 
Except for the three-year licenses, which shall be renewed every three years, each license shall be renewed annually. Proof of rabies immunization must be presented at the time of license or renewal application. Said licenses and renewals thereof shall expire on the 30th day of June in the year the license must be renewed. There shall be added to any license fee paid after July 31st a late charge of $10.
[Amended 8-15-1995 by Ord. No. 1226]
Dogs used as guides for blind persons and commonly known as "Seeing Eye" dogs and service dogs and hearing ear dogs shall be licensed and registered as other dogs hereinabove provided for, except that the owner or keeper of such dog shall not be required to pay any fee.
The owner of any newly acquired dog of licensing age or of any dog which attains licensing age shall make application for a license and registration tag for such dog within 10 days after such acquisition or age attainment.
The application shall state the breed, sex, age, color and markings of the dog for which the license and registration are sought and whether it is of a long- or short-haired variety and also the name, street and post office address of the owner and the person who shall keep or harbor such dog. The information on the application and the registration number issued for the dog shall be preserved for a period of three years by the Board of Health. In addition, such Board shall forward similar information to the State Department of Health each month on forms furnished by the Department. Registration numbers shall be issued in the order of the applications.
A. 
Licensed. Any person who shall bring or cause to be brought into the Borough any dog licensed in another state for the current year and bearing a registration tag and shall keep the same or permit the same to be kept within the Borough for a period of more than 90 days shall immediately apply for a license and registration tag for each such dog, unless such dog is licensed under § 125-10.
B. 
Unlicensed. Any person who shall bring or cause to be brought into the Borough any unlicensed dog and shall keep the same or permit the same to be kept within the Borough for a period of more than 10 days shall immediately apply for a license and registration tag for each dog, unless the dog is licensed under § 125-10.
No person, except an officer in the 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.
Any person owning or harboring more than three dogs of licensing age shall be deemed to be maintaining a kennel, and any person who keeps or operates or proposes to establish a kennel, a pet shop, a shelter or a pound shall apply to the Board of Health for a license entitling him to keep or operate such establishment.
The application for a license for a kennel, pet shop, shelter or pound shall describe the premises where the establishment is located or is proposed to be located and the purpose or purposes for which it is to be maintained and shall be accompanied by the written approval of the Health Officer of the Board of Health of the Borough, showing compliance with the local and state rules and regulations governing location of and sanitation at such establishments.
A. 
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 on the last day of June in each year and be subject to revocation by the Mayor and Council of the Borough on recommendation of the State Department of Health or the Board of Health of the Borough for failure to comply with the rules and regulations of the State Department of Health or the Board of Health of the Borough governing the same after the owner has been afforded a hearing by either the State Department of Health or the Board of Health of the Borough.
[Amended 8-15-1995 by Ord. No. 1226]
B. 
Any person holding such license shall not be required to secure individual licenses for dogs owned by such licensee and kept at such establishments.
C. 
Such licenses shall not be transferable to another owner or different premises.
The annual license fee for kennel providing accommodations for 10 or fewer dogs shall be $10 and, for more than 10 dogs, $25. The annual license fee for a pet shop shall be $10. No fee shall be charged for a shelter or pound.
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.
[Amended 8-15-1995 by Ord. No. 1226]
A. 
License fees and other moneys collected or received under the provisions of this chapter, except registration tag fees, shall be forwarded to the Treasurer of the Borough within 30 days after collection or receipt and shall be placed in a special account separate from any of the other accounts of the Borough, which shall be used for the following purposes only:
(1) 
For collecting, keeping and disposing of dogs liable to seizure under this chapter.
(2) 
For local prevention and control of rabies.
(3) 
For providing antirabic treatment under the direction of the local Board of Health for any person known or suspected to have been exposed to rabies.
(4) 
For all other purposes prescribed by the statutes of New Jersey governing the subject.
(5) 
For administering the provisions of this chapter.
B. 
Any unexpended balance remaining in such special account shall be retained therein until the end of the third fiscal year following and may be used for any of the purposes set forth in this section. At the end of the third fiscal year following and at the end of each fiscal year thereafter, there shall be transferred from any such special account to the general funds of the Borough any amount then in such account which is in excess of the total amount paid into the special account during the last two fiscal years preceding.
C. 
The registration tag fee for each dog shall be forwarded within 30 days after collection by the Board of Health of the State Department of Health.
The Board of Health shall forward to the State Department of Health a list of all kennels, pet shops, shelters and pounds licensed within 30 days after the licenses therefor are issued, which list shall include the name and address of the licensee and the kind of license issued.
The Dog Warden of the Borough shall annually after February 1 cause a canvass to be made of all dogs owned, kept or harbored within the limits of the Borough and shall report to the Board of Health and to the State Department of Health the result thereof, setting forth in separate columns the names and addresses of persons owning, keeping or harboring such dogs, the number of licensed dogs owned, kept or harbored by each of the persons, together with the registration numbers of each of the dogs, and the number of unlicensed dogs owned, kept or harbored by each person, together with a complete description of each of the unlicensed dogs.
The Mayor, with the consent of the Council, shall appoint one or more Dog Wardens, who shall hold office until January 31 in the year next succeeding the year of such appointment unless sooner removed after a hearing upon charges by the vote of a majority of the whole Council. It shall be the duty of the Dog Warden to enforce the provisions of this chapter, to impound unlicensed dogs running at large in violation of the provisions of this chapter and to report such violations to the Borough Police Department.
A. 
Reasons for impoundment. The Dog Warden shall take into custody and impound or cause to be taken into custody and impounded, and thereafter destroyed or disposed of as provided in this section, dogs under the following circumstances:
(1) 
Any dog off the premises of the owner or of the person keeping or harboring the dog which the official or his agent or agents have reason to believe is a stray dog.
(2) 
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.
(3) 
Any female dog in season off the premises of the owner or of the person keeping or harboring said dog.
(4) 
Any dog or other animal which is suspected to be rabid.
[Added 8-15-1995 by Ord. No. 1226]
(5) 
Any dog or other animal off the premises of the owner reported to or observed by the Dog Warden to be ill, injured or creating a threat to the public health, safety or welfare or otherwise interfering with the enjoyment of property.
[Added 8-15-1995 by Ord. No. 1226]
B. 
Notice of impoundment. If any dog so seized wears 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 the dog is known, the Dog Warden shall forthwith serve on the person whose address is given on the collar or on the owner or the person keeping or harboring the dog, if known, a 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.
C. 
Service of notice. A notice under this section may be served either by delivering it to the person on whom it is to be served or by leaving it at the person's usual or last known place of abode or at the address given on the dog's collar or by forwarding it by post in a prepaid letter addressed to that person at his usual or last known place of abode or to the address given on the collar.
D. 
Unredeemed dogs. When any dog so seized has been detained for seven days after notice, when notice can be given as above set forth, or has been detained for seven days after seizure, when notice has not been and cannot be given as above set forth, and if the owner or person keeping or harboring said dog has not claimed the dog and paid all expenses incurred by reason of its detention, including maintenance, and if the dog is unlicensed at the time of the seizure and the owner or person keeping or harboring the dog has not produced a license and registration tag for the dog, the Dog Warden may cause the dog to be destroyed in manner causing as little pain as possible.
[Amended 8-15-1995 by Ord. No. 1226]
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.
No person shall hinder, molest or interfere with anyone authorized or empowered to perform any duty under this chapter.
No person shall keep, harbor or maintain any dog which habitually barks or cries.
[Amended 7-28-2015 by Ord. No. 1647]
A. 
Any dog off the property of the owner or person in charge of custody and not securely confined and controlled by an adequate leash not more than 10 feet long and by a person competent to properly manage and control the actions of the dog.
B. 
Violation: $250 per violation.
The Mayor and Council may designate periods during which dogs shall not be permitted to be upon the public streets or in any public park or in any public building or in any other public place within the Borough, even though such dog wears a muzzle securely fastened over its jaws in such a manner that it cannot bite, unless such dog is in the control, by leash, of its owner or some other person, such designation to be by publication at least three times in a newspaper in which legal notices of the Borough may be published, and, after such publication, no person owning, keeping or harboring a dog shall permit it to be upon the public streets or in any public park, in any public building or in any other public place within the Borough, even though such dog wears a muzzle securely fastened over its jaws in such a manner that it cannot bite, unless such dog is in control by leash of its owner or some other person.
No person owning, keeping or harboring a dog shall permit or suffer it to do any injury or to do any damage to any lawn, shrubbery, flowers, grounds or property.
[Amended 8-15-1995 by Ord. No. 1226]
Any person who violates or refuses to comply with any part of this chapter or with the rules and regulations promulgated by the State Department of Health governing the sanitary conduct and operation of kennels, pet shops, shelters and pounds, to preserve sanitation therein and prevent the spread of rabies and other diseases of dogs within and from such establishments, shall be liable to a penalty of not less than $5 nor more than $50 for each offense.