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Restraint of Dogs

It shall be the duty of any owner or keeper of every dog within the Borough of Sinking Spring at all times to keep such dog either on a leash or such other device as to keep the dog under the reasonable control of the person then handling such dog, in an enclosure from which it cannot escape or firmly secured by means of a collar and chain or other device so that it cannot stray beyond the premises on which it is secured.

Noise Disturbances

It shall be unlawful to own, harbor or keep in custody any dog, which disturbs the peace by barking, howling, or making other loud noises to the annoyance and discomfort of any person in the Borough of Sinking Spring. Continuous barking, howling, or the making of other loud noises by such dog for more than one (1) hour or continuous barking for periods of less than one (1) hour, but more than one-half (1/2) hour, which periods occur on two (2) or more consecutive days, shall be deemed to disturb the peace and to cause the annoyance and discomfort of persons in the Borough of Sinking Spring.

Restrictions on the Number of Dogs and Cats

It shall be unlawful to keep more than four (4) animals, i.e., dogs, cats or a combination of both, six (6) months of age or older, on any premises, regardless of the number of owners; provided, however, that this section shall not apply to any premises for which a kennel license has been obtained pursuant to the Dog Law of 1965.

Control of Nuisances by Dogs and Cats

No person, owning, harboring, keeping or in charge of any dog or cat shall cause, suffer or allow such dog or cat to soil, defile, defecate on or commit any nuisance on any common thoroughfare, sidewalk, passageway, bypath, play area, park or any place where people congregate or walk, or on any public property whatsoever, nor on any private property without the permission of the owner of said property. The restriction in this section shall not apply to that portion of the street lying between the curb lines which shall be used to curb such dog or cat under the following conditions:

  • The person who so curbs such dog or cat shall immediately remove all feces deposited by such dog or cat by any sanitary method approved by the Board of Health.
  • The feces removed from the aforementioned designated area shall be disposed of by the person harboring, keeping, or in charge of any dog curbed in accordance with the provisions of this Article in a sanitary manner approved by the Board of Health.

No person owning, harboring, keeping or in charge of any dog or cat shall cause, suffer or allow such dog or cat to soil, defile or defecate on any premises, including the premises of the owner, under circumstances or to a degree which will have the effect of creating noxious odors to the annoyance of neighbors or passersby.