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§ 10-104. Animals Running At Large And Vicious Animals.

(1) No person shall permit any animal other than a sterilized cat to go at large upon any street, public place or private property other than the property of the owner of the animal. All animals, other than sterilized cats, using any street, public place or private property of anyone other than the owner of the animal shall be on a leash not exceeding six (6) feet in length including the handgrip but excluding the collar and accompanied by a person able to fully control the animal at all times.

Horses shall be exempt from the provision requiring a leash but shall under this Section require proper rein and bit or halter and lead shank.

Any animal running at large in violation of this subsection shall be seized by any animal control officer or police officer and delivered to an appropriate area of confinement approved by the Animal Control Agency.

(2) Notwithstanding subsection (1), any animal, other than a dangerous dog under Article V-A of the Dog Law, that is vicious may be seized by any police officer or any authorized animal control officer and may be humanely destroyed or rehabilitated for adoption at the discretion of the Animal Control Agency after a reasonable effort has been made to notify the owner. With respect to dangerous dogs, the provisions of Article V-A of the Dog Law (3 P.S. §§ 459-502-A, et seq.) shall control.

(3) The Animal Control Agency may, upon finding a cat to be feral, sterilize such cat and release it back to the cat's colony.

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