Chapter 6.10
LICENSES AND PERMITS

Sections:

6.10.010    Dog licenses generally.

6.10.020    License application.

6.10.030    License issuance.

6.10.040    License use.

6.10.050    Animal establishment permits in general.

6.10.060    Permit application.

6.10.070    Inspection of animal establishments.

6.10.080    Denial or revocation of license or permit.

6.10.090    Repealed.

6.10.100    Repealed.

6.10.110    Repealed.

6.10.010 Dog licenses generally.

An owner of any dog which is over the age of four months and which is kept in the borough shall obtain a license for such animal; provided, however, any dog released from the custody of the department of animal protection for adoption, released from impoundment, or other reason, shall be licensed regardless of age. A license may be issued with durations of one to three years. The license shall expire at the point that the rabies certificate for the animal expires or one, two or three years from the date of issuance, whichever comes first. The provisions of this section shall not apply to animals owned by nonresidents keeping such animal within the borough for less than 30 days. [Ord. No. 1796, §3, 4-18-16; Ord. No. 923, §1, 12-20-93. Code 1974 §20.30.005.]

6.10.020 License application.

An application for a license shall be made to the department of animal protection or a licensed veterinary clinic which has entered into a memorandum of agreement with the borough to sell licenses. The license application shall include the name and address of the owner, the name, breed, color, age and sex of the animal, indicate if the animal is altered or unaltered, and shall be accompanied by a rabies vaccination or immunization certificate issued by a veterinarian or anti-rabies clinic, or any other person authorized to administer rabies vaccinations, and payment of the applicable fee. [Ord. No. 1796, §4, 4-18-16; Ord. No. 923, §1, 12-20-93. Code 1974 §20.30.010.]

6.10.030 License issuance.

(a)    A license shall not be issued if the effective duration of the rabies immunization indicated by the rabies certificate has expired prior to issuance.

(b)    Upon acceptance of the license application, rabies certificate and fee, the director of animal protection or designee shall issue a license in the form of a tag stamped with an identifying number and the year of issuance. [Ord. No. 923, §1, 12-20-93. Code 1974 §20.30.015.]

6.10.040 License use.

(a)    Dogs shall wear a license identification tag at all times while off the premises of the owner or responsible person.

(b)    A person shall not use, or allow the use of, a license tag for an animal other than the animal for which such tag was issued. [Ord. No. 923, §1, 12-20-93. Code 1974 §20.30.020.]

6.10.050 Animal establishment permits in general.

(a)    A person shall not operate an animal establishment without a valid animal establishment permit. Permits shall be valid until one year from the date of issuance, unless revoked or otherwise terminated as provided in this title. For the purpose of this title, every premises regulated as an animal establishment by this title shall be considered a separate facility and shall require a separate permit.

(b)    A person may not house, board or otherwise maintain a horse unless the location at which the horse is housed or boarded has a current animal establishment permit.

(c)    Animal Establishments. Permits for horses shall require posting of a $5,000 bond to cover the borough’s costs if enforcement action is required. [Ord. No. 1874, §2, 12-17-18; Ord. No. 1695, §5, 1-6-14; Ord. No. 1221, §2, 6-17-02; Ord. No. 1174, §2, 4-2-01; Ord. No. 923, §1, 12-20-93. Code 1974 §20.30.025.]

6.10.060 Permit application.

An application for an animal establishment permit shall be made to the department of animal protection and shall contain: the name and address of the owner of the establishment; the nature of the business intended to be conducted thereon, if any; a list of the maximum number of animals to be housed listed by species; and shall be accompanied by payment of the applicable fee. [Ord. No. 1221, §3, 6-17-02; Ord. No. 923, §1, 12-20-93. Code 1974 §20.30.030.]

6.10.070 Inspection of animal establishments.

(a)    Before a permit for an animal establishment is issued, and periodically thereafter as may be deemed necessary by the director of animal protection, the director shall conduct or cause to be conducted a physical inspection of the proposed establishment, and shall determine whether the proposed establishment is in compliance with the requirements of this title.

(b)    For animal establishments for animals other than horses, the director of animal protection shall record findings upon an inspection form and shall furnish a copy of the inspection form, together with the findings, to the applicant. The director of animal protection shall indicate on the inspection form whether the proposed establishment provides:

(1)    Adequate shelter from the elements for the animals;

(2)    Adequate facilities for keeping the animals on the owner’s or operator’s premises;

(3)    Adequate procedures and facilities to avoid unreasonable off-site odor or noise disturbance to adjacent properties; and

(4)    Adequate facilities for keeping the kennel clean and free of filth.

(c)    For animal establishments for horses, the director of animal protection shall record findings upon an inspection form and shall furnish a copy of the inspection form, together with the findings, to the applicant. The director of animal protection shall indicate on the form whether the proposed establishment provides:

(1)    Shelter. The shelter should be three-sided to allow the animal to come and go as it pleases. It should be roofed to allow the animal protection from the elements. Depending on the number of horses, the shelter should be divided into stalls large enough for the animal to turn completely around while standing inside. Manure and wet bedding shall be cleaned out daily;

(2)    Ground. The ground should be prepared in such a way that the area in which they are standing is not too hard and not so soft that it retains water and mixes with the dirt and turns to mud. Cedar bark or some similar material that will allow moisture to drain to the bottom of the surface where animals are standing is ideal;

(3)    Corrals. Corrals must be enclosed by safe fencing. Barbed wire is not allowed. There must be adequate room in the corral for the horses to move about and self exercise without hurting themselves or others. Corrals shall not be allowed to accumulate a build-up of manure and/or filth;

(4)    Feed. Feed containers should have bottoms so that the feed never comes in contact with the ground. The feed container should always be located on dry ground areas so that the horses will be forced to stand on the dry ground while feeding; and

(5)    Water. Water shall be placed opposite of food and located on dry ground. [Ord. No. 1221, §4, 6-17-02; Ord. No. 1174, §3, 4-2-01; Ord. No. 923, §1, 12-20-93. Code 1974 §20.30.035.]

6.10.080 Denial or revocation of license or permit.

The director of animal protection may deny any application for a license or permit, after 10 days’ written notice and the opportunity to appear for a hearing, or may revoke a previously issued license or permit, in the event:

(a)    The applicant has knowingly made any material misstatements or omissions in the license or permit application; or

(b)    The operator of an animal establishment refuses to allow animal control authorities to make reasonable inspections of the establishment; or

(c)    Any violation of any provision of this title is not corrected within 30 days after notice of such violation. [Ord. No. 1874, §2, 12-17-18; Ord. No. 995, §1, 8-5-96; Ord. No. 923, §1, 12-20-93. Code 1974 §20.30.200. Formerly 6.10.120.]

6.10.090 Leash law exemption permit application.

Repealed by Ord. 1874. [Ord. No. 995, §3, 8-5-96. Code 1974 §20.30.045.]

6.10.100 Issuance and revocation of leash law exemption permits.

Repealed by Ord. 1874. [Ord. No. 995, §3, 8-5-96. Code 1974 §20.30.050.]

6.10.110 Leash law exemption permits – Restrictions.

Repealed by Ord. 1874. [Ord. No. 995, §3, 8-5-96. Code 1974 §20.30.060.]