2016 New Jersey Revised Statutes
Title 4 - Agriculture And Domestic Animals
Section 4:19-15.1 - Definitions.

NJ Rev Stat § 4:19-15.1 (2016) What's This?

4:19-15.1 Definitions.

1.As used in P.L.1941, c.151 (C.4:19-15.1 et seq.):

"Animal rescue organization" means an individual or group of individuals who, with or without salary or compensation, house and care for homeless animals in the home of an individual or in other facilities, with the intent of placing the animals in responsible, more permanent homes as soon as possible.

"Animal rescue organization facility" means the home or other facility in which an animal rescue organization houses and cares for an animal.

"Certified animal control officer" means a person 18 years of age or older who has satisfactorily completed the course of study approved by the Commissioner of Health and Senior Services and the Police Training Commission as prescribed by paragraphs (1) through (3) of subsection a. of section 3 of P.L.1983, c.525 (C.4:19-15.16a); or who has been employed in the State of New Jersey in the capacity of, and with similar responsibilities to those required of, a certified animal control officer pursuant to the provisions of P.L.1983, c.525 for a period of three years before January 17, 1987.

"Dog" means any dog, bitch or spayed bitch.

"Dog of licensing age" means any dog which has attained the age of seven months or which possesses a set of permanent teeth.

"Foster home" means placement of a cat or dog with an individual or group that is not an animal rescue organization for the purpose of temporarily caring for the cat or dog, without the individual or group assuming ownership and with the intent of the individual or group relinquishing the cat or dog to a suitable owner when one is located.

"Kennel" means any establishment wherein or whereon the business of boarding or selling dogs or breeding dogs for sale is carried on, except a pet shop.

"Owner" when applied to the proprietorship of a dog shall include every person having a right of property in that dog and every person who has that dog in his keeping, and when applied to the proprietorship of any other animal, including, but not limited to, a cat, shall include every person having a right of property in that animal and every person who has that animal in his keeping.

"Pet shop" means any place of business which is not part of a kennel, wherein animals, including, but not limited to, dogs, cats, birds, fish, reptiles, rabbits, hamsters or gerbils, are kept or displayed chiefly for the purpose of sale to individuals for personal appreciation and companionship rather than for business or research purposes.

"Pound" means an establishment for the confinement of dogs or other animals seized either under the provisions of this act or otherwise.

"Shelter" means any establishment where dogs or other animals are received, housed and distributed.

"Sterilize" means to render an animal incapable of reproducing by either spaying or neutering.

L.1941, c.151, s.1; amended 1978, c.82; 1983, c.525, s.1; 1997, c.247, s.1; 2011, c.142, s.1.


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