BE IT ORDAINED, by the Mayor and Council of Township of Bloomfield, County of Essex and State of New Jersey that Chapter 134, “ANIMALS”, is hereby amending the following sections to read as follows:
It shall be the duty of the Township Administrator to impound any animal or fowl which may be found running at large as provided in the preceding section.
134-4 Failure to redeem impounded animals; sale; notices.
A. If the owner or person harboring any impounded animal or fowl does not pay the fine so imposed upon him and the charges of keeping such animal or fowl within five days after the same is impounded, it shall be the duty of the Township Administrator, or his designee, to sell such animal or fowl, giving at least five days' notice of such sale as provided herein to the owner or person harboring the same. If the owner or person harboring such animal or fowl does not redeem the same before the time so specified in the notice, then the Township Administrator, or his designee, shall sell the animal or fowl at public auction to the highest bidder, and from the money arising from such sale shall be paid any fine and charges for keeping and feeding such animal or fowl and the cost of advertising the sale. If there is a surplus from such sale, this surplus shall be paid to the owner or person harboring such animal or fowl, provided that he shall appear and claim the same within six months from the date of the sale. If such surplus is not claimed within the six-month period, then it shall be paid over to the Township Collector for deposit in the Township treasury.
B. The notice referred to in this section may be served either by delivering it to the person on whom it is to be served or by leaving it at that person's usual or last known place of abode or by forwarding it by post in a prepaid letter addressed to that person at his usual or last known place of abode.
134- 6 Supervision and control of animal shelter.
The public animal shelter shall be subject to the supervision and control of the Township Administrator.
134-21Animal Control Officer.
A. The position of Animal Control Officer is hereby created.
B. The tasks of the Animal Control Officer shall be those defined by the statement of typical tasks relating to the position as they appear now or may hereafter be defined by the State Civil Service Commission or the Township.
C. The Animal Control Officer shall be under the jurisdiction of the Township Administrator.
D. He shall perform the foregoing and such other duties in connection with the care, seizure and custody of animals as may be assigned to him.
E. While the Animal Control Officer is performing his duties, he shall wear the uniform prescribed to be worn by the Township Council and shall conspicuously display his identification badge on the outermost garment of his clothing.