While most people love dogs, most people do not enjoy hearing a dog bark for hours on end. The Borough has received many complaints about dogs barking loudly and being left outside for extended periods of time.
Please be considerate of your neighbors when allowing your dog outside. Many residents like to open their windows or sit outside on patios and decks during the warmer month. Their peace and quiet shouldn’t be spoiled by dog barking.
Section 402 of Chapter 2, “Animals”, of the Borough Code, prohibits animal noise disturbances.
402. Noise Disturbance. It shall be illegal within the Borough for any person or persons to own, possess, harbor or control any animal or bird which makes any noise continuously and/or incessantly for a period of 10 minutes or makes such noise intermittently for 1/2 hour or more to the disturbance of any person any time of the day or night regardless of whether the animal or bird is physically situated in or upon private property, said noise being a nuisance; provided, that at the time the animal or bird is making such noise no person is trespassing or threatening to trespass upon private property in or upon which the animal or bird is situated nor is there any other legitimate cause which justifiably provoked the animal or bird.
If a Borough police officer or code official witnesses a violation of this section a citation may be issued with fines of up to $600.
The Borough also follows the Animal Rescue League guidelines for Code Blue and Code Red. The Animal Rescue League is authorized to declare a Code Blue in extremely cold temperatures or a Code Red in extremely hot temperatures. Code Blue will be called when the National Weather Service predicts a wind chill of 20⁰ or less, or ice/snow events with temperatures below 32⁰. Code Red will be called when the National Weather Service predicts at least three consecutive days of 95⁰ or higher. The Code Red or Blue will be announced on the Animal Rescue League website, all local media outlets and social media. The Code will be announced at least 8 hours before taking effect. Once the Code has been declared, dogs may not be left unattended outdoors (except for brief walks and periods of exercise.) Any animal left unattended outdoors will be impounded and the owner fined. Fines will range from $350 to $1,000 plus impoundment and court costs per violation.
Noise disturbance violations may be reported to the Borough by contacting Borough Hall or the police department. Code Blue or Code Red violations may be reported by contacting the police department or the Animal Rescue League at 610-373-8830.
For a full list of regulations for dogs and other animals, please see Ch 2 Animals0930