Chapter 6.04


6.04.010    Definitions.

*    Prior ordinance history: Ord. 277.

6.04.010 Definitions.

In this title, the following terms have the following meanings:

“Animal” means all domestic or domesticated members of the Animalia kingdom.

“Animal shelter” means any premises designated by the city manager for the purpose of impounding or caring for animals found at large or otherwise existing in violation of this chapter.

“Appeal record” consists of all pertinent records including:

A. Copies of all documentary evidence, memoranda and exhibits, correspondence and other written material submitted to the administrative body prior to the decision from which the appeal is taken.

B. A copy of the written decision of the chief of police or police department designee, including findings and conclusions.

“Appellee” means the city of Palmer.

“At large” means not under restraint.

“Borough” means the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

“Cat” means a domestic or domesticated member of the family Felidae.

“Chief of police” or “chief” means the chief of the Palmer police department or designee.

“Clerk” means the Palmer city clerk.

“Dog” means any domestic or domesticated member of the family Canidae commonly known as dogs, but not a fox, coyote, wolf or any other game species the taking of which is regulated by the state, save only that any fox, coyote or wolf which is kept like a pet under a valid state permit shall be treated in like fashion as a common dog.

“Domestic bird” means birds which are commonly raised for consumption, egg production, or personal enjoyment including female domesticated chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese, and swans. “Domestic bird” shall not include peacocks, ostriches, emus and similar birds.

“Exotic animal” means any live monkey, alligator, crocodile, cayman, raccoon, skunk, fox, bear, sea mammal, poisonous snake, member of the feline family other than domestic cat (Felis domesticus), member of the canine family, including a wolf/dog hybrid, other than domestic dog (Canis familiaris) or any other animal that would require a standard of care or control greater than that required for customary household pets or common domestic farm animals.

“Humane animal care” includes, but is not limited to, providing:

A. Sufficient wholesome and nutritious food at least once daily which will keep the animal in healthy physical condition; and

B. Sufficient daily quantities of fresh water which meet the hydration requirements for the animal; and

C. Adequate shelter which provides adequate air and ventilation and which prevents the animal from being exposed to inclement or adverse weather conditions, overheating from sunlight, unsanitary conditions and dirty, wet and uncomfortable conditions which may endanger the health or welfare of the animal; and

D. Veterinary care when needed to treat the animal for sickness or disease, or to prevent suffering of the animal.

“Own” means to own, possess, keep or harbor.

“Owner” means any person, group of persons or corporation owning, possessing, keeping or harboring an animal or animals. In the event that the owner of any animal is a minor, each parent or guardian of the minor shall be responsible to ensure that all provisions of this title are complied with.

“Restraint” means:

A. Physical confinement, as by a secure leash, chain, cable, fence or building; provided, if the confinement is by leash, chain or cable held by a person, the person must be physically able to control the animal by such means;

B. Under voice control by a competent person when the animal is engaged in a recognized activity, e.g., dog show, or form of training put on by an organized group where the training requires that the animal not be physically confined;

C. Under competent voice control of a person who is physically present with an animal when that animal is on the property of the owner;

D. A police animal under the competent voice control of a law enforcement officer, while the police animal is engaged in the performance of law enforcement activity. (Ord. 11-020 § 4, 2012; Ord. 07-009 § 3, 2007; Ord. 05-012 § 3, 2005; Ord. 631 § 3, 2004; Ord. 538 § 3, 1999; Ord. 432 § 3, 1991; Ord. 416 § 3, 1990; Ord. 406 § 3, 1989)