East Union Township Animal Control Ordinance

East Union Township Animal Control Ordinance
EAST UNION TOWNSHIP, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY

ORDINANCE NO 4 – 2010

AN ORDINANCE OF EAST UNION TOWNSHIP, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY, PROHIBITING ANIMALS RUNNING AT LARGE; CREATING THE POSITION OF
ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER; ESTABLISHING PROCEDURES FOR THE CONTROL, REMOVAL AND/OR TRANSPORTATION OF DOGS, CATS OR OTHER ANIMALS IN
EAST UNION TOWNSHIP; AND PRESCRIBING PENALTIES FOR VIOLATION.

Section 1. Definitions

As used in this ordinance the following terms mean:

Animals – Wild or domesticated animals of all species.

Animal control authority—The East Union Township Board of Supervisors.

Animal establishment—Any pet shop, grooming shop, animal auction, performing animal exhibition, kennel or animal shelter, except this term shall not include veterinary medical facilities, licensed research facilities, facilities operated by government agencies, or licensed animal dealers regulated by the USDA under the provisions of US Public Laws 89-544, 91-579, 94-279, 99-198, and 101-624.

Animal shelter—Facility designated or recognized by The East Union Township Board of Supervisors for the purpose of impounding and caring for animals.
At large—An animal shall be deemed to be at large when off the property of the owner and not under restraint.

Humane manner—Care of an animal to include, but not be limited to, adequate heat, ventilation and sanitary shelter, wholesome food and water, consistent with the normal requirements and feedings habits of the animal’s size, species, and breed.

Kennel—An establishment kept for the purpose of breeding, selling, or boarding dogs or cats or engaged in training dogs or cats.
Licensing authority—The agency or department of the East Union Township Board of Supervisors or any designated representative thereof charged with administering the issuance and/or revocation of permits and licenses under the provisions of this ordinance.
Livestock guarding dogs—Dogs kept for the primary purpose of protecting livestock from predatory attacks.
Neutered—Rendered permanently incapable of reproduction.

Nuisance— An animal shall be considered a nuisance if it: Damages, soils, defiles, or defecates on private property other than the owner’s or on public walks and recreation areas unless such waste is immediately removed and properly disposed of by the owner; causes unsanitary, dangerous or offensive conditions; causes a disturbance by excessive barking or other noise making; or chases vehicles, or molests, attacks, or interferes with persons or other domestic animals on public property.

Owner—A person having the right of property or custody (including temporary custody) of an animal or who possesses, controls, keeps, harbors or provides food and water to any animal or knowingly permits an animal to remain on or about any premises occupied by that person.
Person—Any individual, corporation, partnership, organization, or institution commonly recognized by law as a unit.
Pet shop—An establishment engaged in the business of buying or selling, at retail, dogs or cats or other animals for profit-making purposes.
Restraint—A dog or cat shall be considered under restraint if it is within the real property limits of its owner or secured by a leash or lead or under the control of a responsible person.

Wild/Exotic animal – a wild, dangerous, or undomesticated animal or venomous reptile which is not of a species customarily used as an ordinary house pet or livestock and which would ordinarily be confined to a zoo or which would ordinarily be found in the wilderness of this or any other country or which otherwise causes a reasonable person to be fearful of bodily harm or property damage, irrespective of its actual or asserted state of tameness or domestication. This definition includes animals bred or raised in captivity and hybrids of wild/exotic animals, but not fish or birds
Dangerous Animals — Any animal that without justification attacks a person or domestic animal, causing physical injury or death, or behaves in a manner that a reasonable person would believe poses an unjustified threat of serious injury or death to one or more persons or domestic animals. A dog may be determined to be dangerous under this section or Section 502A of the Pennsylvania Dog Law, 3 P.S. Section 459-502A.

Section 2. Licensing And Vaccination

(a) Licensing and vaccination required – Except as provided in Section 14, no person shall own,
keep, or harbor any animal over four months of age within the Township of East Union unless
such animal is licensed and fully vaccinated. The provisions of this section do not apply to
animals owned by a licensed research facility or held in a veterinary medical facility or
government operated or licensed animal shelter.

(b) Application for a license must be made within 30 days after obtaining any animal over four
months of age or when a previously held animal reaches four (4) months.

(c) Application for a dog license shall be made to the Schuylkill County Treasures Office or any authorized agent of the Schuylkill County Treasurers Office and shall include the name and address of the owner and the name, breed, color, age, and sex of the dog or cat. Applicants also shall pay the prescribed licensing fee and provide proof of current rabies vaccination.

(d) Application for a cat license shall be made to the Secretary of the East Union Township Board of Supervisors and shall include the name and address of the owner and the name, breed, color, age, and sex of the dog or cat. Applicants also shall pay the prescribed licensing fee, which shall be set by resolution, and provide proof of current rabies vaccination.

(e) Term of Licensing/Renewals – The licensing periods set forth in this section shall be for one year. License renewal may be applied for within 60 days prior to the expiration date. New residents must apply for a license within 30 days of establishing residence.

(f) A license for a dog shall be issued at fees set by the Schuylkill County Treasurers Office.

(g) A license for a cat shall be issued after payment of a fee of $8.00 for each unneutered cat and $6.00 for each neutered cat. Persons who fail to obtain a license as required within the time period specified in this section will be subjected to a delinquent fee of $5.00. Said fees may be changed from time to time by way of resolution.

(h) Cat Tags – Upon acceptance of a cat license application and fee by the East Union Township Board of Supervisors, the secretary shall issue a durable license tag including an identifying number, year of issuance, city, county, and state. Both rabies and license tags must be attached to the collar of the cat. Tags must be worn at all times and are not transferable. The Secretary of The East Union Township Supervisors shall maintain a record of all licenses issued, and such records shall be available at the East Union Township Municipal Building.

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(i) Dog Tags – Upon acceptance of a dog license application and fee, the Schuylkill County Treasures Office or any authorized agent of the Schuylkill County Treasurers Office shall issue a durable license tag including an identifying number, year of issuance, city, county, and state. Both rabies and license tags must be attached to the collar of the dog and Tags must be worn at all times and are not transferable.

(j) All animals shall be vaccinated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian, in accordance with
the latest “Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control” authored by the National
Association of State Public Health Veterinarians and published annually in the Journal of the
American Veterinary Medical Association.

(k) A certificate of vaccination shall be issued to the owner of each animal vaccinated on a form recommended by the Compendium. Each owner shall also receive a durable vaccination tag indicating the year in which it was issued and attach the same to the animal.

(l) Proof required – It shall be the sole responsibility of the owner of any animal to keep and
maintain all records regarding the licensing and vaccination of any animal in accordance with
this section and to produce the same records immediately upon the request of the Animal Control
Officer, any East Union Township Police Officer or current Board Member of the East Union
Township Board of Supervisors.

(m) Tags – It shall be the sole responsibility of the owner of any animal to attach any licensing,
vaccination or other tag as required under this ordinance and to ensure that the tag is, at all times,
secured to the animal in a way that it cannot fall off. If any tag shall become lost, the owner
shall immediately notify the Animal Control Officer and/or the Licensing Authority of the
situation and take measures to have new tags secured to the animal.

(n) Certain areas of the Township which the East Union Township Board of Supervisor deem
Farmlands will be exempt from the licensing of cats.

Section 3. Issuance And Revocation Of Permits and Licenses

(a) The licensing authority may, at its discretion, accept, deny, revoke or renew any permit or license required in accordance with the terms of this ordinance.

(b) Any person holding a permit or license or who files an application or re-application for a permit or license shall be denied if said person fails to comply with this ordinance, the regulations promulgated by The East Union Township Board of Supervisors or any other law governing the protection and keeping of animals.

(b) If an applicant is shown to have withheld or falsified any material information on the application, the East Union Township Board of Supervisors shall refuse to issue or may revoke any permit or license.

Section 4. Nuisance/Sanitary Conditions
a) It shall be unlawful for any person(s) to own, control, possess, harbor, care for, shelter or maintain any animal (even temporarily) in such a manner as to disturb or annoy the public through the animal’s noise, barking, smell, mischief or other harmful propensities. All animal pens or other areas in which animals are kept shall be maintained in a sanitary condition free of offensive, obnoxious or foul odors
b) It shall be unlawful to own, possess, harbor, control or keep any animal which, without justification, makes noise repeatedly for a period of ten (10) minutes during the hours of 7AM to 10PM or repeatedly for a period of five (5) minutes during the hours of 10PM to 7AM regardless of whether the animal is physically situated in or upon private property. Said noise shall constitute a nuisance. Justification shall be an affirmative defense and shall only be a defense to a violation of this section where the owner establishes proof, by a preponderance of the evidence, that at the time the animal was making such noise, a person was trespassing or threatening to trespass onto the owners private property, if the animal is legitimately situated on that property, or that, the animal was provoked or teased by a person.
c) No owner, custodian or keeper of any animal shall allow or permit any such animal to deposit excrement (defecate) upon any property not owned or leased by the owner, custodian or keeper of such animal, without immediately picking up such excrement.

Section 5. Dangerous or Vicious Animals

(a) Upon report of a vicious animal, the Animal Control Officer will report to the scene immediately. If the owner of the animal is unavailable or unknown, the Animal Control Officer may utilize a tranquilizer gun or other approved method to subdue the animal and/or take appropriate action to insure the safety of the East Union Township residents. A dog determined to be dangerous under Section 502A of the Pennsylvania Dog Law, 3 P.S. Section 459-502A, shall be restrained or otherwise kept in accordance with Article VI-A of the Pennsylvania Dog Law, 3 P.S. Section 459-501-A et seq. Dogs may be killed only in accordance with the requirements of Section 501 of the Pennsylvania Dog Law, 3 P.S. Section 459-501, and otherwise, said dogs must be retained and delivered to the police or State dog warden. While detained, said dog must be treated in a humane manner.

(b) The Animal Control Officer or any East Union Township Police Officer, shall send written notice either sent by regular, first class mail, or posting of the property of the owners last known address, notifying the owner of any animal deemed dangerous and of the requirements to register that animal as a dangerous animal with the East Union Township Police Department within ten (10) days of such notice. The animal may be detained by the Animal Control Officer or East Union Township Police Department until such time that the dog has been registered.

(c) Any person who owns or who has custody of any animal deemed to be a dangerous animal shall register the animal with the East Union Township Police Department on a form provided by the Police Department and pay a fee of $100.00 for such registration. Upon registering a dangerous animal the owner or custodian shall display, in a conspicuous manner, a sign on his premises warning that there is a dangerous animal on the premises. The sign shall be visible and legible from the sidewalk and street and shall comply with all other applicable laws, including but not limited to the East Union Township Sign Ordinance.

(d)  Proof required at registration – The owner of an animal deemed to be dangerous must provide proof at the time of registration that:
1. the home-owner’s insurance policy for the residence in which the dangerous animal is housed contains a rider or a liability clause for the dangerous animal;
2. the animal’s rabies vaccination status is current;
3. the animal is licensed for the current year;
4. the animal is micro-chipped with a permanent ID;
5. the animal is neutered or spayed in accordance with he owner has complied with sub-section (g) of this section; and
6. the owner has complied with sub-section (e) of this section.

(e) The owner or person having custody of a dangerous animal shall confine such animal by one of the following methods if outside, which shall be inspected and approved by the Animal Control Officer or any East Union Township Police Officer:
1. A pen or structure with sides and a secure top. Pens must have bottoms secured to the sides or the sides must be imbedded in the ground no less than two (2) feet. Use of this option is subject to all other applicable laws.
2. A fence at least six (6) feet high above the ground and imbedded in the ground no less than two (2) feet. This fence must prevent any possibility of the animals escape and must have signs conspicuously placed around the entire perimeter of the fence. The use of this option is subject to all other applicable laws.

(f) The owner or person having custody of a dangerous animal shall not permit such animal to go beyond confined bounds of the owner’s premises unless the animal is securely leashed and muzzled. This leash shall be no more than four (4’) feet in length. Dangerous animals shall have a tag on their collar that will be issued to the owner at the time of registration. No dangerous animal shall be permitted to go beyond the confined bounds of the owner’s premises or the premises of the person having custody without wearing this tag.

(g) Any owner of a dangerous animal that transfers ownership of such animal shall notify the East Union Township Police of the transfer and the new location of the animal. If the new owner resides in East Union Township, he/she shall register the dangerous dog with the East Union Township Police. The designation of dangerous animal shall transfer with ownership of such animal.

(h) Once an animal is deemed to be dangerous, it shall be neutered or spayed so as not to propagate vicious characteristics inherent in the progeny of the dangerous animal.

(i) Any animal which is deemed a dangerous animal that has not been registered with the East Union Township Police as a dangerous animal may be immediately seized and detained as provided in Section 8 by the Animal Control Officer or the East Union Township Police who shall turn the dangerous animal over to an approved animal shelter, if one is available, or shall hold, in a humane manner, the said dangerous animal until the dangerous animal is registered and the owner complies with other applicable provisions of this ordinance. Upon such seizure, the Animal Control Officer or Police Officer shall provide notice to the owner of such seizure and detention and the requirements to register the dog within ten (10) days of the date of the seizure. Notice shall be by either sending a letter by regular, first class mail to the last known address of the owner or by attaching a copy of the letter to any entrance of the owners last known address. The animal shall continue to be detained until such time as the animal is registered and all requirements under this ordinance are complied with. All animal shelter fees for seized and detained dangerous dogs shall be paid by the owner. Nothing in this section shall impact a prosecution under the PA Dog Law.

It shall be an affirmative defense to any determination of dangerous animal status if the
owner establishes, by a preponderance of the evidence, that the inflicting injury or damage on any person was committed on a willful trespasser or other tort upon premises occupied by the owner of the animal, or teasing, tormenting or abusing or assaulting the animal, or committing or attempting to commit a crime. No animal may be declared dangerous for taking any action to defend or protect a human being within the immediate vicinity of the animal from an attack or assault.

Section 6. Quarantine of Animals

In the event an animal bites any person or other animal:
a) The owner or custodian of the animal shall:

Immediately notify the East Union Township Animal Control Officer and Police Dept. of the incident and complete an animal bite report on such form as the Animal Control Officer or Police Officer shall prescribe;

Quarantine the animal for a period of ten (10) days to observe for signs of rabies at such location and under such conditions as are imposed or required by the Animal Control Officer, Police Dept or Issuing Authority;

At the expiration of ten (10) days following the day of the biting incident, have the animal examined by a veterinarian. A certificate of examination shall be filed with the Animal Control Officer on such form as the Animal Control Officer shall prescribe, completed and signed by the veterinarian. The certificate of examination shall be filed not more than fourteen (14) days following the bite incident; and

If the animal dies within the ten (10) day quarantine period, the animal’s head shall be removed by a veterinarian and tested for rabies by the appropriate state laboratory or a laboratory designated by the Commonwealth for that purpose; and

All costs, including laboratory preparation, laboratory examination, quarantine and veterinary examination of the animal shall be borne by the owner or custodian of the animal.

b) The Animal Control Officer or Police Officer shall have the right and duty to seize any animal that bites a human or animal if he determines such seizure is necessary to insure that the animal shall be quarantined. If any owner or custodian shall refuse any order of the Animal Control Officer or Police Officer to quarantine the animal and to have it examined by a veterinarian, the Animal Control Officer or Police Officer shall take the action necessary to comply with subsection (a) (2) and (3) hereof and the owner or custodian of the animal shall be liable to the Township for all costs thereof which may be collected as an additional penalty for violation of this section.
c) The owner of any animal placed under quarantine shall not sell, exchange, lease, lend, give away, allow to stray, remove or allow to be removed, such animal until the quarantine has been revoked.
d) Any animal under quarantine shall be muzzled while outside the confines or structure specified by the Animal Control Officer or Police Officer for the quarantine.
e) If a biting incident occurs that involves an unclaimed or stray animal, the owner of which cannot be identified, the Animal Control Officer or Police Officer shall attempt to capture the animal or destroy it if necessary. The same procedures as outlined in this section concerning quarantine and veterinary examination of the offending animal shall be followed with the costs borne by the Township.

Section 7. Animals At Large

a) It shall be unlawful for the owner or person having custody of any animal or the parent or guardian of any minor owning or having custody of any animal to allow the animal to go beyond the boundaries of their premises or to run at large over the streets or public grounds or upon the property of anyone other than the owner or person having custody of such animal. It shall also be unlawful for the owner or person having custody of such animal to permit such animal to pose a danger to pedestrians using adjacent sidewalks and streets.

b) It shall be the duty of the owner, custodian or keeper of any dog traveling on the streets or public grounds to have the animal on a leash at all times.

c) Any animal found to be at large may be seized and detained in accordance with Section 8 and then impounded and confined in a humane manner. Notice to the owner of the impounded animal shall be given in accordance with Section 9 of this ordinance.

d) The owner of any animal that has been seized, detained or impounded under this section shall have three (3) days from the date notice is given to claim the animal.

e) Notwithstanding subsection (d) above, if an owner of any animal that has been seized, detained or impounded under this section intends to claim an animal it must, upon receiving notice, immediately notify the Animal Control Officer or EUT Police Department of its intention to claim the animal.

f) No animal will be released unless lawful ownership and complete compliance with all terms and conditions of this ordinance is established. Despite any intention to claim an animal, if a purported owner cannot establish ownership or compliance with this ordinance within three (3) days of receiving notice then the animal shall become the property of East Union Township.

g) When an animal is found at large and its ownership is verified the appropriate authority may, at its discretion, exercise the option of serving the owner with a notice of violation in lieu of impounding the animal.

h) If an animal that is found at large is seized and its owner can be immediately identified and
located, then the Animal Control Officer or Police Officer or other authorized person may, at his discretion, choose not detain and impound the animal and instead may choose to turn the animal over to the owner immediately.

i) The owner, whose animal is seized without detention and impoundment, shall be subject to
pay a Redemption fee as set forth in Section 11. Use of the procedure set forth in this section shall not bar a prosecution for any violation of law, including imposition of a fine under this ordinance.

Section 8. Seizure And Detention

The Animal Control Officer or any police officer of East Union Township, may, at their discretion, seize and impound any animal violating any section of this ordinance. The officers shall use any and all means reasonably necessary to carry out the detention and impounding of said animal, keeping in mind, first and foremost the safety and security of the officer and the public balanced against the most humane treatment of the animal as possible to carry out the duty.

Section 9. Notice of Detention

If the owner of a detained animal can be identified by license, tag or other means, the owner shall be given immediate notice, either in person or by phone or by regular, first class mail to the last known address of the owner, or posting of said address of the detention and impoundment of the animal. If the owner is unknown, written notice of the impoundment shall be posted at the East Union Township Municipal Building and at Post Offices located in the township for a period of Three (3) days from the date of seizure. Said posting shall describe the animal, the place and time of seizure and the location of impoundment. Any seized animal shall not be released until lawful ownership is established and until all requirements set forth in this ordinance are complied with.

Section 10. Impoundment

(a) In addition to all other terms as set forth in this ordinance, in the event that the appropriate authority as prescribed herein finds any animal to be suffering, it shall have the right forthwith to remove or cause to have removed any such animals to a safe place for care at the owner’s expense or to euthanatize them when necessary to prevent further suffering. Return to the owner may be withheld until the owner shall have made full payment for all expenses so incurred and upon establishing proof that the terms and conditions of this ordinance have been complied with.

(b) Disposal of an animal by any method specified herein does not relieve the owner of liability for violations and any accrued charges.

Section 11. Redemption

(a) Any animal seized, detained or impounded for a violation of this ordinance or any applicable law may be redeemed by the owner thereof within five (5) days upon payment of an impoundment fee of $50.00 plus costs related to providing food, water, shelter or any necessary medical attention, provided that if any such animal has been previously impounded, the impoundment fee shall be $100.00 plus costs as set forth above. Payment of impoundment fees is not considered to be in lieu of any fine, penalty, or license fees.

(c) No animal required to be licensed or vaccinated under this ordinance may be redeemed until proof that the terms and conditions of this ordinance have been complied with.

Section 12. Destruction of Unclaimed Animals

It shall be the duty of the Animal Control Officer, East Union Township Police or other authorized person to keep detained and impounded animals for a period of at least three (3) days. If, after three (3) days have elapsed from the giving or posting of notice as required in Section 8, a detained and impounded animal has not been claimed, the Animal Control Officer, East Union Township Police or other authorized person may either euthanize the animal in a humane way, sell the animal, provided that no animal shall be sold for vivisection or put the animal up for adoption. The proceeds derived from the sale of an animal, after deduction of the seizure fee and the reasonable expenses and costs incurred because of its detention, shall be paid to the Township as it applies to all animals and to the County Treasurer as required by the Dog Law.

Section 13. Wild/Exotic Animals

No person shall own, harbor, maintain or control any wild or exotic animal or hybrids of wild or exotic animals within East Union Township.

Section 14. Animal Establishment Permits

(a) No person shall operate an animal establishment without first obtaining a permit in compliance with this section.

(b) The permit period shall begin with the first day of the fiscal year and shall run for one year. Renewal applications for permits may be made within 60 days prior to the expiration date. Application for a permit to establish a new breeding animal establishment under the provisions of this ordinance may be made at any time.

(c) Annual permits shall be issued upon payment of the following applicable fee (said fees may be changed from time to time by resolution):

For each kennel authorized to house less than six (6) dogs or cats $75.

For each kennel authorized to house six (6) but not more than forty-nine (49) dogs or cats $100.

For each kennel authorized to house fifty (50) or more dogs and cats $125.

For each pet shop $75.

For other animal establishments $75.

(d) A person who maintains a kennel of six (6) or more dogs or cats for breeding purposes may pay an annual permit fee or may elect to license individual dogs or cats as provided under Section 2. Every facility regulated by this ordinance shall be considered a separate enterprise, requiring an individual permit.

(e) Under the provisions of this ordinance, no permit fee shall be required of any animal shelter. All other provisions shall apply. Any change in the category under which a permit is issued shall be reported to The East Union Township Board of Supervisors within 60 days, whereupon reclassification and appropriate adjustment of the permit fee shall be made.

(f) It shall be a condition of issuance of any permit for an animal establishment that The East Union Township Board of Supervisors shall be permitted to inspect any and all animals and the premises where such animals are kept at any reasonable time during normal business hours. Where a permit is revoked for any cause, or pending appeal of any such action, The East Union Township Board of Supervisors shall have power of entry on the premises and into all areas where animals are being kept. A person denied a permit may not reapply for a period of at least 30 days. Each reapplication shall disclose any previous denial or revocation and shall be accompanied by a $25.00 fee.

(g) Failure to comply with the provisions of this section is subject to a fine under section 21
Section 15. Owner Responsibility

(a) All animals shall be kept under restraint.

(b) The owner of every animal deemed to be a dangerous animal, shall be confine said animal within a building or secure enclosure as prescribed herein and shall at all times securely muzzle and leash or cage the animal whenever off the owners premises.

(c) No animal shall be allowed to cause a nuisance. The owner of every animal shall be held responsible for every behavior of such animal under the provisions of this ordinance.

(d) Animal owners shall, at all times, ensure that their animals carry the proper identification as prescribed herein.

(e) Animal owners shall, ensure that all requirements under this ordinance are complied with.

Section 16. Adoption

An adoption fee of $15.00, plus all costs, shall be assessed at the time of adoption. No animal shall be released for adoption as a pet without being neutered or without a written agreement from the adopter guaranteeing that the animal will be neutered within 15 days of the date of adoption. Vaccination fees, licensing fees, and veterinary costs may be assessed above and beyond the adoption fee. If terms are not complied with then ownership of the animal shall revert back to East Union Township and the Township may, at its discretion and without order of court, enter onto the property of the adopting party and retrieve the animal.
Section 17. Interference

(a) No person shall interfere with, hinder, or molest any agent authorized to perform any duty as herein provided.

Section 18. Appointment of Animal Control Officer
The Supervisors of East Union Tonwship may, by resolution, appoint an Animal Control Officer(s) who shall have the duty of enforcing the provisions of this Ordinance and the Dog Law. The term of the appointment shall be indefinite and subject of termination by the Supervisors on ten (10) days written notice. The Animal Control Officer(s) in the performance of the duties under the provisions of this chapter, and shall be subject to control by the Officer in Charge of Police of East Union Township. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed so as to limit any police officer of East Union Township in enforcing any of the provisions of this ordinance or the Dog Law.

Section 19. Compensation of Animal Control Officer

Compensation of the Animal Control Officer(s) shall be established by resolution.

Section 20. Penalties

a) Except as provided below, any person who violates any provision of this ordinance shall, for every such violation, upon conviction thereof before a District Justice, be subject to a fine or penalty payable to the Township of not less than $50.00 or more than $600.00 plus costs, and in default of payment thereof shall be subject to imprisonment of not more than thirty (30) days.

b) The owner of a dangerous animal who fails to comply with the provisions of this ordinance shall, upon conviction thereof before a District Justice, be subject to a fine or penalty of not less than $500.00 or more than $1,000.00 plus costs for the first offense and not less than $500.00 or more than $1,500.00 plus costs for a second or subsequent offenses, and in default of payment thereof shall be subject of imprisonment for not more than thirty (30) days.

c) Each day of continuing violation under any section of this Ordinance shall constitute a separate and distinct offense.

Section 21. Repealer

All other ordinances of East Union Township that are in conflict with this ordinance are hereby repealed to the extent of such conflict.

Section 22. Severability

If any part of this ordinance shall be held invalid, such part shall be deemed severable and the invalidity thereof shall not affect the remaining parts of this ordinance.

Section 23. Applicability

This ordinance shall be in full force and effect upon the expiration of (5) days after its passage and publication.

Section 24. Safety Clause

The East Union Township Board of Supervisors hereby finds, determines, and declares that this ordinance is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public health, safety, and welfare of the Township of East Union and the inhabitants thereof.

ENACTED AND ORDAINED into law

East Union Township Board of Supervisors

Ed Shamany, Chairman
Joseph Deluca, Supervisor
Dennis Antonelli, Supervisor