From The Police Department
Being a pet owner is an enjoyable experience but comes with responsibilities that go beyond basic care. Chapter 618 of the Lyndhurst Codified Ordinances governs owners and keepers of animals. The Lyndhurst criminal nuisance abatement legislation (Chapter 161 L.C.O.) applies to property owners where applicable violations persist.
Based on violations we address repeatedly, the following reminders are in order.
Unattended dogs barking disturb the peace, quiet and good order of the community. Pet owners may be cited and property owners may face criminal nuisance abatement consequences. Dogs may be impounded resulting in animal control and kenneling fees being charged.
Dogs must be kept properly leashed and under control when on walks and any defecation must be removed. Dogs and cats should not be permitted to roam onto another person's or public property.
The animal cruelty law requires owners to provide sufficient wholesome food and water, and shelter from wind, rain, snow, or excessive direct sunlight. Keeping your dog in your car, even for short periods, when interior heat can quickly rise to dangerous levels, not only can cause fatal heat stroke, but can lead to a criminal charge of animal cruelty.
Dogs that threaten or injure a person or other animal risk being classified as "dangerous" or "vicious" requiring the owner to abide by special and specific restrictions, including maintenance of liability insurance and secure confinement, designed to minimize risk to the community.
Not more than two dogs (except puppies not over three months old) may be kept.
The feeding of stray animals can quickly lead to nuisance conditions and is prohibited.
For a detailed list of the ordinances governing pets, see Chapter 618 of the Lyndhurst Codified Ordinances. They are available online via the homepage of this website.
Stay out of trouble, keep your four-legged friends safe, and be a good neighbor by respecting the animal control laws.
Rick Porrello, Chief of Police
Chief of Police