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§ 10-101. Definitions. 2
In this Chapter the following definitions apply:
Adult Dog or Cat. Shall mean any dog or cat at least seven (7) months of age.
Animal. Shall include any description of vertebrate excluding only Homo sapiens.
Animal Care Facility. 3 An animal control agency or animal shelter that is part of, or under contract with, any state, county, or municipality, the mission and practice of which is, in whole, or significant part, the rescue of animals and their placement in permanent homes or rescue organizations.
Animal Control Agency. Such agency or agencies as the Managing Director shall designate pursuant to Section 8-401 of the Home Rule Charter, or such agency as otherwise provided for under the Home Rule Charter, with responsibility for the administration and enforcement of the provisions of this Chapter.
Animal Control Officer. Shall mean any person authorized by the Animal Control Agency to enforce this Chapter, whether employed directly by such agency or not.
Animal Rescue Organization. 4 Any organization which has tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, the mission and practice of which is, in whole or in significant part, the rescue of animals and their placement in permanent homes.
Animal Retailer. A person in the business of selling dogs or cats to the ultimate owners of such dogs or cats, including but not limited to a pet shop kennel under the Dog Law, and a dealer, to the extent such dealer engages in the retail sale of dogs or cats.
Animal Shelter. Shall mean any facility operated, owned or maintained by a duly incorporated humane society, animal welfare society or other non-profit organization or by or under contract with the City whose purpose is to provide for and promote the welfare, protection, and humane treatment of animals or for the purpose of impounding seized, stray, homeless or unwanted dogs, cats, or other animals.
Boarding Kennel. A boarding kennel as defined under Section 102 of the Dog Law (3 P.S. § 459-102), except that a boarding kennel under this Chapter shall also include boarding kennels that house domesticated cats.
Carriage Horse. Shall mean any horse which is used by its owner or other person to pull any vehicle, carriage, sled, sleigh, wagon or other device. A horse rented or leased by its owner to another for any of the foregoing purposes shall be deemed a carriage horse for the purposes of this Chapter.
Commercial Stable. 5 Shall mean any stable, building, facility, or other premises where horses are accommodated for consideration, for any purpose, including, but not limited to, breeding, boarding, training, riding, sale or rental.
Dealer. A person who:
(a) publicly or privately sells or offers for sale any dog or cat belonging to another person for consideration, a fee, commission, or percentage of the sale price;
(b) transfers dogs and/or cats at wholesale for resale to another; or
(c) offers or maintains dogs and/or cats at wholesale for resale to another.
Dog Fighting. A dog engaging in physical violence with another dog or animal.
Dog Law. The Act of December 7, 1982, P.L. 784, No. 225 (3 P.S. §§ 459-101 et seq.).
Dog Law Kennel. Any of the following types of kennel as defined under Section 102 of the Dog Law (3 P.S. § 459-102): a Boarding Kennel, Commercial Kennel, Dealer Kennel, Kennel, Nonprofit Kennel, Pet Shop-Kennel, Private Kennel, Rescue Network Kennel, or Research Kennel.
Farm Animal. 6 Any chicken, goose, duck, turkey, goat, sheep, pig, cow, or other farm animal, provided such other farm animal presents a public nuisance due to smell and/or noise. Does not include a cat, dog, or horse.
Horse. Shall include any mare, gelding, pony, foal, colt, filly or stallion; this also includes an ass, mule, donkey, hinney or jennet.
Kennel. Any of the following:
(a) A facility in or through which 13 or more dogs or cats, combined, are kept, bred, whelped, harbored, boarded, sheltered, maintained, sold, given away, exchanged, or in any way transferred in a calendar year.
(b) A boarding kennel.
(c) A Dog Law kennel.
Offer for Sale. 7 Shall mean to sell, offer for sale or adoption, barter, auction, give away or otherwise transfer to another.
Person. Shall include corporations (both profit and non-profit), partnerships, or associations as well as individuals.
Pet Shop. 8 Any establishment or business through which at least fifteen (15) animals are offered for sale in a calendar year that acquires dogs or cats for the purpose of resale, whether as owner, agent or consignee and offers to sell such dogs or cats on a retail basis.
Rental Horse. Shall mean any horse offered to the public for a fee for the purpose of riding or drawing a horse- drawn vehicle.
Sterilized. Shall mean rendered permanently incapable of reproduction, whether male or female.
Veterinarian. Shall mean a person duly authorized by the State Board of Veterinary Examiners to engage in the practice of veterinary medicine in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Vicious Animal. Shall mean any animal except a government-owned animal used for law enforcement which poses an imminent danger to humans or to domesticated animals, or which has been found by the Department of Public Health or an animal control agent to have a history of bites or attacks on humans or domesticated animals.
Wild Animal. Shall include any animal which is wild, fierce, dangerous, noxious, or naturally inclined to do harm, in any place other than a zoological park, veterinary hospital, or clinic, humane society, circus or facility used for educational or scientific purposes. Wild animals, however domesticated, shall also include but not be limited to:
Dog family (Canidae). All except domesticated dogs – including wolf, fox, coyote, dingo, or any hybrid thereof;
Cat family (Felidae). All except the commonly accepted domesticated cats including lions, pumas, panthers, mountain lions, leopards, jaguars, ocelots, margays, wild cats, etc.;
Bears (Ursidae). All bears, including grizzly bears, brown bears, black bears, etc.;
Weasels (Mustelidae). All except domesticated ferrets, including weasels, martens, mink, wolverine, badgers, otters, ermine, mongoose, skunk, etc.;
Raccoon (Procynidae). All raccoons;
Primates. All subhuman primates;
Porcupine (Erethizontidae). All porcupines;
Raptorial birds. All birds of prey except for those which are regulated by the Pennsylvania Game Commission and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Falconry or Progation Permits where the necessary permits or certificates have been obtained;
Alligators and crocodiles;
Venomous fish and piranha;
Venomous invertebrates, including rear-fanged snakes.
Amended, Bill No. 121002 (approved March 5, 2013), effective July 1, 2013.