Chapter 6.05


6.05.010    Definitions.

6.05.010 Definitions.

The following definitions shall apply throughout this title unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

A. “Altered dog” means a spayed female or neutered male dog.

B. “Animal” means a mammal, bird, reptile, or amphibian, whether domestic or wild.

C. “At large” means being neither confined by an enclosure nor physically restrained by a leash.

D. “Bite” means any penetration of the skin, or injury to a body part, caused by the teeth of any animal.

E. “Biting animal” means any animal that bites or otherwise injures human beings or other animals without provocation.

F. “Collar” means a band, chain, harness or suitable device worn around the neck of a dog to which a dog license tag may be affixed.

G. “Dangerous animal” means an animal which has been declared to be vicious or destructive pursuant to this title, or an animal owned or harbored primarily or in part for the purpose of fighting or having been trained for fighting, but does not include an animal used in law enforcement, an animal in custody of a zoo or wild animal park, an animal placed in an animal shelter, an animal under care of a veterinarian or a wild animal.

H. “Destructive animal” means any animal that has a propensity to destroy, damage, or cause damage to the property of a person other than the animal’s owner.

I. “Dog” means any member of the canine species.

J. “Domestic animal” means any of various animals that have been tamed and made fit for a human environment.

K. “Impound” means the act of taking or receiving an animal into custody for the purpose of confinement at a shelter or pound approved by the town enforcement agent.

L. “Leash” or “lead” means a chain, rope, leather strap, cord or similar restraint attached to a collar or harness or otherwise secured around an animal’s neck.

M. “Licensed dog” means any dog having a current valid license.

N. “Livestock” means meat animals, horses, sheep, goats, swine, mules and asses.

O. “Owner” means any person owning, keeping, possessing, harboring, maintaining or having custody or otherwise having control of an animal within the town limits.

P. “Police dog” means any dog belonging to any law enforcement agency service dog unit.

Q. “Property line” means the line which represents the legal limits of property (including an apartment, condominium, room or other dwelling unit) owned, leased or otherwise occupied by a person, business, corporation or institution. In cases involving sound from an activity on a public street or other public right-of-way, the “property line” shall be the nearest boundary of the public right-of-way.

R. “Provocation” means any behavior toward an animal or its owners or its owner’s property which is likely to cause a defensive reaction by the animal.

S. “Service animal” means any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other disability. The work or tasks performed by the service animal must be directly related to the individual’s disability. The crime deterrent effects of an animal’s presence and the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship do not constitute work or tasks for the purposes of this definition. A dog does not necessarily require certification in order to be a service animal for the purposes of this definition; however, to be eligible for no cost licensing pursuant to this title, the dog must be certified in writing as a service animal.

T. “Tie-out” means a chain, leash, wire cable or similar restraint attached to a stake, swivel or pulley.

U. “Town enforcement agent” means the person who is designated by the town manager to be responsible for the enforcement of this title and any deputies designated by the town enforcement agent or this title.

V. “Under restraint” means an animal secured by a leash or lead and under control of a responsible person, or confined within a vehicle or located upon the real property limits of its owner.

W. “Vaccination” means an anti-rabies vaccination using a type of vaccine approved by the state veterinarian and administered by a state-licensed veterinarian.

X. “Vicious animal” means any animal that has a disposition or tendency to attack, to cause injury to, or otherwise endanger the safety of human beings or domestic animals without provocation, or that has been so declared after a hearing before the town magistrate. [Ord. 2017-123 § 1.]