Pets in Pennsbury
One of the Borough’s primary responsibilities is pet and animal control. In a condominium type environment, where people live close together, special steps must be taken so that the pets, their owners, and the non-pet owners may live peacefully together. Laws were established when the Village became a Borough in 1977, with fines for violations of the Ordinance. Please read and follow these laws so everyone may enjoy Pennsbury Village to its fullest.
Condominium Pet Rules
Per the Condominium Association By Laws, residents are permitted a MAXIMUM of 2 pets, whereas only 1 can be a dog. Example: You may have 1 Dog and 1 Cat, or 2 cats.
Ordinance #18 “The Animal Control Laws”
All Pets Must Be Registered Yearly In The Borough Office
Pet registration, dogs and cats, is free when registered during the month of January or within 30 days of the animal’s arrival in Pennsbury. Thereafter, the fee for registration is $25. A current rabies vaccination certificate must be presented for registration. A tag will be issued which is to be fastened to your pet’s collar or harness. Registering your pet ensures that a lost pet when found can be returned to its owner as quickly as possible.
Note: Allegheny County requires that dogs be registered annually. Applications are available in the Borough Office. There is a fee payable to Allegheny County.
Pets Must Be Restrained At All Times
All pets must be restrained by a leash, not to exceed eight feet in length, and held by a responsible person at all times. Do not tie or chain animals to trees, doorknobs or other outside objects. The leash must be in your hand! Fines will be imposed for anyone violating this ordinance.
Pets Are Not Permitted to Become a Public Nuisance
Excessive, continuous, or untimely barking, attacking passersby, chasing vehicles, habitually attacking other domestic animals, or trespassing upon public or private property in such a manner as to damage property shall be deemed a nuisance. This will result in costly fines.
Pet Excrement Must Be Removed
Pet excrement must be removed immediately within the Borough by the person responsible for the pet. Any owner who fails to clean up after their pet shall be in violation of the law.
This also has become a public safety issue. Waste that is not removed can impact the health and safety of our landscapers, affects other pets if the waste carries a disease, and can attract rodents, which can also carry diseases.
Pet owner should carry plastic bags for this purpose when walking the pet, or use the waste disposal bags that are available throughout the Village.
Pets Are Not Permitted In the Sports Court, Playground, or Park Areas
No pets, restrained or otherwise, are permitted in the Sports Court or park areas. Pets are not permitted in the Commercial Area by Condominium Association rules.
Animal Control Officers, who are contracted by the Borough, can and will issue citations whenever a violation occurs. No person may interfere with any humane officer in the exercise of their duties. Animal control officers carry identification and may drive either a marked or unmarked vehicle in the performance of their duties.
If you observe any resident violating these pet rules, please call 911 to report the offense. Fines for these violations can be up to $300.00 plus court costs.
Bird Feeders / Wild Animal Feeding Not Permitted
According to the Condominium Home Owners Association’s Rules and Regulations, bird feeders are not permitted in the Borough. Bird feeders can attract raccoons, rodents, snakes, and coyotes. These animals pose a threat to residents and to domesticated pets.