Chapter 20.04


20.04.010    Intent.

20.04.020    Definitions.

20.04.010 Intent.

The intent of this title is to control the running at large of animals within the City and to protect the general health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the City with respect to the keeping of animals. [Ord. 88-1, 1988].

20.04.020 Definitions.

In this title:

“Animal” means a domestic or domesticated member of the animal kingdom.

“At large” means that an animal is off the property of its owner and not under the direct control of a competent person.

“Dog” means a member of the species Canis familiaris.

“Kennel” means a commercial premises where four or more dogs over four months of age are owned, kept, boarded, bred or offered for sale.

“Large animal” means all cattle, horses, sheep, goats, swine or similar species commonly kept as livestock.

“Prior conviction” means a conviction of a person for a violation of a provision of this title involving any animal owned or controlled by the person within a 24-month period preceding the date of the offense for which a citation of the person currently is pending.

“Quarantine” means the isolation of an animal in a substantial enclosure so that the animal cannot be subject to contact with other animals or unauthorized persons.

“Restraint” means any of the following: (1) physical confinement by leash, chain, fence, or building; (2) under competent voice control when an animal is engaged in an activity or form of training requiring that it not be physically confined; or (3) under competent voice control when an animal is on the property of its owner.

“Vicious animal” means an animal which has bitten or attacked a human being or another animal at any time without provocation. [Ord. 16-38(S)(A) § 3, 2016; Ord. 88-1, 1988].