Animal Control

 

Animal Complaints

In an effort to accommodate residents who have domestic animal complaints, the Borough of Emmaus entered into a contract with the The Sanctuary of Haafsville. Animal Complaints are to be reported to the Animal Control Officer, Richard Hontz, Emmaus Police Department at 610-967-3113.  You can view more about the Sanctuary at Haafsville by visiting http://www.thesanctuarypa.org/.

Significant Changes for Emmaus Residents

Beginning in 2010, the Borough of Emmaus is no longer contracting services with the Lehigh County Humane Society as a result of the Society demanding that for 2010 the Borough pay $11,300, representing $1.00 for each Emmaus resident, for services.  In 2009 the Borough paid $3,528. Previous years were similar, and even less.

The Borough’s policies with respect to domestic animals are:

  • Stray cats and dogs should no longer be transported to and/or dropped off at the Lehigh County Humane Society.  The Borough will no longer be held responsible for fees charged by the Humane Society. 
  • Residents should notify the Emmaus Police Department at 610-967-3113 to report stray cats and dogs.
  • Residents are strongly discouraged from feeding stray animals. 
  • The Emmaus Police Department and the Animal Control Officer will first make every effort to return lost pets and domestic animals to the rightful owner prior to removing the animal to a shelter.
  • The Emmaus Animal Control Officer, Richard Hontz, may be reached at the Emmaus Police Department at 610-967-3113 (24 hours) and 610-965-0722  (Business hours: Mon. thru Fri. 8 AM to 4 PM)
  • All Borough Ordinances governing domestic cats and dogs, as well as the Pa. Dog Law, will be enforced by the Emmaus Police Department and the Animal Control Officer.

Dogs at Large

§101. Definitions. As used in this Part, the following terms have the meaning indicated, unless a different meaning clearly appears from the context:

OWNER - any person having a right of property in any dog or having custody of any dog, or any person who harbors or permits a dog to remain on or around his or her property.

RUNNING AT LARGE - being upon any public highway, street, alley, park, or any other public land, or upon property of another person other than the owner, and not being accompanied by or under the control of the owner or any other person having custody of said dog. (Ord. 480, 12/30/1971 ; as revised by Ord. 675, 11/17/1986)

§102. Unlawful to Allow Dogs to Run at Large. It shall be unlawful for the owner of any dog or dogs to allow or permit such dog or dogs to run at large in the Borough. (Ord. 480, 12/30/1971 ; as revised by Ord. 675, 11/17/1986)

§103. Seizing of Dogs. Any police officer or dog warden may seize any dog found at large in Borough . Such dogs are to be impounded in a licensed kennel. (Ord. 480, 12/30/1971; as revised by Ord. 675, 11/17/ 1986)

§104. Licensed Dogs. Owners of licensed dogs are to be notified by registered or certified mail, with return receipt, that the dog is impounded and will be disposed of in five days if not claimed. Five days after the return receipt has been received, and the dog has not been claimed, the dog may be sold or destroyed in accordance with the 1982 Dog Law. (Ord. 480, 12/30/1971 ; as revised by Ord. 675, 11/17/1986)

§105. Unlicensed Dogs. Unlicensed dogs that are seized are to be held in such kennel for 48 hours and if not claimed may be destroyed in accordance with the 1982 Dog Law. (Ord. 480, 12/30/1971; as revised by Ord. 675, 11/17/1986)

§106. Threatening Dogs. Dogs that, in the opinion of any police officer or dog warden, constitutes a threat to public health and welfare may be killed by the police or dog warden. (Ord. 480, 12/30/1971; as revised by Ord. 675, 11/17/1986)

§107. Penalty. The first two times a dog is seized, the owner shall pay a fine of fifteen dollars ($15 .00) to the Borough as well as reasonable fees for keeping the animal in a kennel.  Any person allowing an animal to run at large a third time in violation of this ordinance shall, upon conviction thereof, be sentenced to pay a fine of not more than three hundred dollars ($300 .00); and/or to imprisonment for a term not to exceed ninety (90) days. (Ord. 480, 12/30/1971 as revised by Ord. 675, 11/17/1986)

Cats

§401. Definitions. As used in this Part:

ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER - that person or persons designated by the Borough Council to enforce certain provisions of this Part, including all police officers.

AT LARGE - off the premises of the owner, and not under the control of the owner, or a member of his immediate family, either by leash, cord, chain or otherwise.

CAT - a carnivorous mammal scientifically known as Felis catus, long domesticated and kept persons as pets.

OWNER - any person, firm or corporation having a right of property in any animal which is kept or harbored within the corporate limits of the Borough of Emmaus, as well as any person, firm or corporation occupying any premises within the corporate limits of the Borough of Emmaus which permits any animal to remain, in, on or about its premises. (Ord. 744, 3/18/1991, §1)

§402. Licenses.

All cats, owned, kept or harbored within the corporate limits of the Borough of Emmaus shall be licensed annually by the first of July after such cat shall attain the age of three (3) months at the Emmaus Borough Office and shall wear a collar and license tag. This provision does not apply to cats whose owners are non-residents and are temporarily within the Borough, nor to cats brought into the Borough for breeding, trial or show purposes. The license fee shall be established from time to time by resolution of Borough Council. In order to obtain the license it shall be necessary for the owner to complete an application form and produce evidence of a current vaccination against rabies. (Ord. 744, 3/18/1991, §2)

§403. Unlawful Acts. It is unlawful for any owner of any cat to allow or permit such cat to run at large in the Borough. (Ord. 744, 3/18/1991, §3)

§404. Inspections and Seizures. An Animal Control Officer or a member of the police department may go upon any public premises or enter any public building and go upon any private premises or enter any private building with the consent of the owner of such premises, to make inspections for the purpose of determining compliance with this Part. The Animal Control Officer or member of the police department may seize and impound any cat, licensed or unlicensed, found running at large, in violation of this Part, upon the public streets or highways of the Borough and or private property appurtenant to private buildings and structures with the consent of the owner of such property . Any dangerous, fierce, or vicious cat which can not be safely seized or impounded may be slain by the Animal Control Officer. A member of the police department may similarlyslay a   dangerous, fierce, or vicious cat which can not be safely seized or impounded only with the approval of the Police Chief, or his designee. (Ord. 744, 3/18/1991, §4)