Tuesday 16th September 2014,
Fairview Township Police Department

Animal Control

My neighbor’s pet always runs loose.  Is this a violation?

Fairview Township  has an ordiance that deals with this subject.   Fairview Township Ordinance,  Chapter 2,  Animals  Running at Large.  This ordinance states, a dog, cat or other domesticated or non-domesticated animal shall not be permitted to run at large.  Animals found in violation of Part 1, Sec. 102 may be relocated to a shelter at the owner’s expense and the owner may be cited for violation of the ordinance.  The fine for this violation can not exceed $600

The dog next door  barks all night.  Can anything be done about this nuisance? 

Yes, Fairview Township ordiance, chapter 2, Sec. 103  addresses this issue.   No owner shall allow any animal make any loud/harsh noise which shall interfere with or deprive the peace, quiet, rest or sleep of any person.   Animals in violation of Part 1, Sec. 103 Owners may be cited for violation of ordinance.

There are dogs in my neighborhood that wander in my yard and make a mess.  Is this a violation? 

Yes, this is a violation of Fairview Township ordinance, Chapter 2, Sec. 104, states:  No owner shall allow any animal to defile or  befoul any sidewalk, walkways or the property of another.  Animals  found to be in violation of Part 1, Sec. 104, the owners may be cited for violation of ordinance.

To view all FairviewTownship ordinance, please  visit the Fairview Township home page.

 Does my dog require a license? 

 Yes, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires all dogs, 3 months or older be licensed.   This license can be obtained by contacting the York County treasurer’s office.  Dogs found to be without a license can be fined: $50.00-$300.00

 Is there a leash law?

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Domestic Animal law, Title 3,  indicates it shall be unlawful for the owner or keeper of any dog to fail to keep at all times the dog:

  • confined within the premises of the owner; 
  •  firmly secured by means of a collar and chain or other device so that it cannot stray beyond the premises on which it is secured; or
  •  under the reasonable control of some person. Fine $100.00-$500.00

Is there a fine if a dog bites a human?

Yes, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvan Domestic Animal Law, under Title 3, states:

  • Any dog which bites or attacks a human being shall be confined in quarters approved by a designated employee of the Department of Health or a police officer. The dog must be isolated for ten days.
  • Bite Victims-Any cost of the victim for medical treatment resulting from an attacking dog must be paid fully by the owner or keeper of the dog. Fine $100.00-$500.00)

For more detailed information visit

www.understand-a-bull.com/BSL/Locations/Laws/PAStatecode.pdf