Controlling Pets

Animal owners are required to keep their animals under control at all times.  This can include placing your animal on a leash, or the animal must be within voice command.  It is illegal to allow animals to run at large.  It is the responsibility of the animal’s owner to insure that their animals are not permitted to befoul or damage the property of others.

Pets Roaming at Large

Please DO NOT allow your pets (dog/cat) to roam freely throughout the neighborhood and befoul the property of others.  If your pet is caught or trapped roaming the neighborhood it will be taken to the Humane Society and you will need to go there to claim it and pay a fee to get your pet back.

Pet Waste Clean-Up

When walking your pet on a leash and it defecates on private property or public property such as a sidewalk, street, walkway, grassplot, or the property of another, you are responsible to clean up after your pet and dispose of the waste in your household trash.

Prohibited Animals

The owning of certain animals such as horses, cows, pigs, ducks, and geese is prohibited unless prior approval is granted by the zoning officer.  This prohibition doesn’t apply to existing farms or other areas devoted to agriculture.  There also may be exceptions for commercial businesses that deal in the sale or transfer of animals.

Pets & Cold Weather

Never leave puppies, smaller dogs, or older dogs and cats outside when the temperature falls below 40 degrees.  Keep in mind that older dogs can easily fall on snow or ice and injure themselves.  Use only pet safe ice melt.  Never leave a pet in a parked car.  The car can act as an icebox and trap cold air inside.

If your dog or cat is outside most of the time, be certain that they have a proper shelter raised several inches off the ground with a flap over the entry.  Keep a blanket or something inside to keep them warm.  Use a plastic water bowl to keep your pet from injuring itself on cold metal.  Change the water often to keep it from freezing.  Be alert for signs of frostbite.  Dogs’ ears, paws and tails are especially susceptible. If you suspect frostbite, contact your veterinarian.  Signs of hypothermia in your pet include shivering, lethargy, low heart rate, and unresponsiveness.

Animal Cruelty

Suspected cases of animal cruelty should be reported to the Humane Society, 564-3320.  Complaints of animals disturbing the peace should be directed to the Swatara Township Police Department, 558-6900.  If you have any questions concerning animal regulations, please contact the Codes Department at 564-2551.

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