Chapter 6.20


6.20.010    Dogs at large prohibited – Exceptions – Classification.

6.20.010 Dogs at large prohibited – Exceptions – Classification.

A. Any dog owned, possessed, harbored, kept or maintained on public streets, sidewalks, alleys, parks or other public property shall be restrained by a leash, chain, rope, cord or similar device.

B. Any dog owned, possessed, harbored, kept or maintained upon or about the private property of any person, including the property of the dog’s owner, shall be confined inside a house or other building, or confined by a fence or similar enclosure of sufficient strength and height, to prevent the dog from escaping from the property.

C. Dogs may be at large as an exception to this chapter as follows:

1. While participating in field trials, obedience classes or kennel club events, provided that the dog is accompanied by and under the control of the dog’s owner or trainer.

2. While being used or trained for legal hunting or for control of livestock.

3. While assisting a peace officer engaged in law enforcement duties.

4. While within a town maintained temporary or permanent dog park.

5. While acting as a service animal and assisting an individual with a disability, so long as such dogs are under direct and effective voice control of such individual to assure that they do not violate any other provisions of law.

D. Except as otherwise provided in this section, violation of this section is a civil infraction.

E. Violation of this section is a class 2 misdemeanor if the owner of the animal has been found responsible or guilty of a violation of this section within the 12-month period prior to the date of the offense. [Ord. 2017-123 § 1.]