Springdale Township cracks down on noisy animals
Due to a number of complaints from residents, Springdale Township commissioners passed a new animal control ordinance.
The new ordinance regulates animals making disturbing noises, offensive odors, and other animal activity carried out on public and private property.
Officials said there was an animal control ordinance enacted in the 1970s, but the measure didn’t includes fines or arrest procedures.
The new ordinance says “no person shall keep or harbor any dog, cat, bird, fowl or other animal in the township so as to create offensive odors, excessive noise or unsanitary conditions which are a menace to the health, comfort and safety to the public.”
In further defining the ordinance, any animal that makes noise continuously outdoors for a period of 10 minutes, or intermittently for 30 minutes or more at any time of day, is considered a nuisance.
The ordinance also covers animals doing damage to property outside the owner’s residence.
A Springdale Township resident is limited to “one chicken hen per dwelling,” while roosters are prohibited.
Offenders will be given a written warning upon the first offense, and any further violations will result in a $600 fine plus costs, or up to 30 days in jail.
Following a resident’s inquiry, police Chief Michael Naviglia said the township “doesn’t have a quiet time, but we deal with neighbors the best we can.”
The ordinance takes effect immediately.
George Guido is a freelance writer.