2017 New Jersey Revised Statutes
TITLE 4 - AGRICULTURE AND DOMESTIC ANIMALS
Section 4:22-17.1 - Definitions relative to care, tethering of certain animals.

4:22-17.1 Definitions relative to care, tethering of certain animals.

1. As used in this act:

"Adverse environmental conditions" means (1) when the ambient temperature is 32 degrees Fahrenheit or below in the immediate vicinity of a dog, domestic companion animal, or service animal, or there are other cold weather or precipitation-related environmental conditions, including, but not limited to, wind, rain, snow, ice, sleet, or hail that a person should reasonably know would pose an adverse risk to the health or safety of a dog, domestic companion animal, or service animal, based on the animal's size, age, physical condition, or thickness of the animal's hair or fur; or (2) when the ambient temperature is 90 degrees Fahrenheit or above in the immediate vicinity of a dog, domestic companion animal, or service animal, or a dog, domestic companion animal, or service animal is exposed to direct sunlight or hot pavement or any other hot surfaces that a person should reasonably know would pose an adverse risk to the health or safety of the animal, based on the animal's size, age, physical condition, or thickness of the animal's hair or fur.

"Animal rescue organization" means an animal rescue organization as defined in section 1 of P.L.1941, c.151 (C.4:19-15.1).

"Animal rescue organization facility" means an animal rescue organization facility as defined in section 1 of P.L.1941, c.151 (C.4:19-15.1).

"Domestic companion animal" means any animal commonly referred to as a pet that was bought, bred, raised, or otherwise acquired, in accordance with local ordinances and State and federal law, for the primary purpose of providing companionship to the owner, rather than for business or agricultural purposes. "Domestic companion animal" shall not include "domestic livestock" as defined in subsection c. of section 1 of P.L.1995, c.311 (C.4:22-16.1). "Kennel" means a kennel as defined in section 1 of P.L.1941, c.151 (C.4:19-15.1) and licensed pursuant to section 8 of P.L.1941, c.151 (C.4:19-15.8).

"Pet shop" means a pet shop as defined in section 1 of P.L.1941, c.151 (C.4:19-15.1) and licensed pursuant to section 8 of P.L.1941, c.151 (C.4:19-15.8).

"Pound" means a pound as defined in section 1 of P.L.1941, c.151 (C.4:19-15.1) and licensed pursuant to section 8 of P.L.1941, c.151 (C.4:19-15.8).

"Proper shelter" means a structure or other type of protection that conforms to the standards and requirements set forth in section 5 of this act, but shall not mean a shelter as defined elsewhere in this section.

"Service animal" means a service animal or a guide dog as defined in subsection e. of section 1 of P.L.2013, c.205 (C.2C:29-3.2), or an animal used for any therapeutic purpose.

"Shelter" means a shelter as defined in section 1 of P.L.1941, c.151 (C.4:19-15.1) and licensed pursuant to section 8 of P.L.1941, c.151 (C.4:19-15.8).

"Tether" means to fasten a dog with a cable, chain, rope, or other similar object to a stationary object, including, but not limited to, a doghouse, tree, stake, pole, fence, or wall, or to a device that is mobile including, but not limited to, a trolley or pulley, in order to restrict the dog's movement. "Tether" also means the cable, chain, rope, or other similar object used to fasten a dog, as applicable.

"Unattended" means that the dog, domestic companion animal, or service animal is outdoors and a person is not also outdoors with the animal, or that the dog, domestic companion animal, or service animal is indoors and a person is not also indoors with the animal.

L.2017, c.189, s.1.

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