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Source: Code of the Township of Springfield, PA

§ 5-3. Permitted animals.

Any person is permitted to maintain, keep or possess within the Township of Springfield any of the following animals, which classifications shall be strictly construed:

  1. Cage birds (the term includes parakeets, parrots, canaries, finches, love birds, mynah birds and other birds ordinarily kept in cages in households; it excludes wild birds captured or rescued and kept in cages).
  2. Cats (Felis catus).
  3. Cows (Bos taurus), beef and dairy; subject to zoning.
  4. Frogs (Salientia).
  5. Dogs (Canis familiaris), including prairie but excepting dingoes.
  6. Goats (Capra hircus), subject to zoning.
  7. Goldfish and carp (Cyprinidae).
  8. Guinea pigs (Cavia cobaya).
  9. Hamsters (Cricetus and Mesocricetus).
  10. Horses and ponies (Equus caballus), subject to zoning.
  11. Lizard (Sauria).
  12. Mice, white (Mus musculus).
  13. Mink, subject to zoning.
  14. Poultry (ducks, chickens, swans, geese, turkeys, guinea fowl and pigeons kept for show or racing), subject to zoning.
  15. Rabbits, restricted to European-type rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus), commonly kept as pets or livestock.
  16. Rats, white (Rattus norvegicus).
  17. Salamanders (any tailed amphibian).
  18. Sheep (Ovis aries), subject to zoning.
  19. Snakes, nonpoisonous and native to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  20. Toads (Salientia).
  21. Tropical fish, limited to those customarily maintained in a household aquarium except piranhas.
  22. Turtles (Chelonia).
  23. Llamas and alpacas (Lama), subject to zoning.
  24. Ferrets (Mustela furo).

§ 5-5. Board of Commissioners; authority and responsibilities.

  1. The Board of Commissioners shall have the power to review or cause to be reviewed each application for a permit and may either approve or reject such application or require modification of the application. When the Board has approved the application, the Chief of Police shall issue the permit. The permit shall be personal and not transferable and shall be issued for a calendar year or part thereof. The Chief of Police, on advice of the Board, shall also have the power to revoke a permit.
  2. The Board of Commissioners shall make such rules and regulations as it shall deem necessary to carry out the purpose of this article and, on request of the Chief of Police, to determine whether any person is violating any provisions of this article or the rules and regulations adopted hereunder.
    1. All animals and animal quarters shall be kept in clean and sanitary condition, shall be provided with adequate ventilation and shall be constructed and maintained so as to prevent the escape of the animal.
    2. The holder of the permit shall use every reasonable precaution to ensure that animals are not teased, abused, mistreated, annoyed, tormented or in any manner made to suffer by any person or by any means.
    3. Animals which are enemies by nature, or are temperamentally unsuited, shall not be quartered together or so near each other as to cause animals fear or to be abused, tormented or annoyed.
    4. The holder of the permit shall maintain premises so as to eliminate offensive odors or excessive noise.
    5. The holder of the permit shall not permit any condition causing disturbance of peace and quiet of his neighbors.
    6. Animals must be maintained in quarters so constructed as to prevent their escape. The permit holder assumes full responsibility for recapturing any animal that escapes from his premises. The permit holder shall make adequate provisions and safeguards to protect the public from the animals.
    7. Every person shall conform to all present and future laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United States of America, the ordinances of Springfield Township and the rules and regulations of the Board in any way connected with animals, including specifically anticruelty laws.

¶ 114-131 C. Rear Yards

  1. [Amended 5-9-1984 by Ord. No. 724] In residential zoning districts, accessory buildings used solely for residential purposes may be constructed within the required rear yard if:
    1. Entirely separated from the main building.
    2. Located at least 10 feet farther back from the front building line than the rearmost portion of the main building.
    3. Located no closer to the rear property line than seven feet if constructed of wood frame or combustible material and no closer than four feet if constructed of masonry or noncombustible material.
    4. The building shall not exceed nine feet in height if it has a flat roof, 12 feet in height if it has a slope roof or one story, whichever is less. The height of the building shall be defined as in 114-21 of the Springfield Township Code.
  2. Provided further that, in the case of a lot held in single and separate ownership at the time this chapter becomes effective, in which the distance from the rear line of the lot to the line fixed by the front yard requirement as herein provided is less than 75 feet, a portion of the main building not wider than 20% of the width of the lot may project not more than 10 feet into the required rear yard.
  3. In no case shall the distance between the rearmost point of such projection and the rear lot line be less than the minimum side yard requirement provided herein for the district in which the lot is located.