Chapter 6.06
DANGEROUS DOGS*

Sections:

6.06.010    Definitions.

6.06.020    Dangerous dog on premises.

6.06.030    Dangerous dog off premises.

6.06.040    Penalties.

*Prior legislation: Ord. A-101.

6.06.010 Definitions.

As used in this chapter:

A. “Owner” means any person or legal entity having a possessory property right in a dog or who harbors, cares for, exercises control over, or knowingly permits any animal to remain on premises occupied by them.

B. “Dangerous dog” means:

1. Any dog with a known propensity, tendency, or disposition to attack unprovoked, to cause injury to, or to otherwise endanger the safety of humans or other domestic animals; or

2. Any dog which attacks a human being or other domestic animal without provocation; or

3. Any dog known by the owner to be a pit bull terrier, which is defined as any American pit bull terrier or Staffordshire bull terrier or American Staffordshire terrier breed of dog, or any mixed breed dog which contains as an element of its breeding the breed of American pit bull terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier as to be identifiable as partially of the breed of American pit bull terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier or American Staffordshire terrier.

C. “Unconfined” means not securely confined indoors or not confined in a securely enclosed and locked pen or structure. Such pen or structure must have attached sides and a secure top. If the pen or structure has no bottom secured to the sides, the sides must be embedded into the ground no less than one foot.

D. “Permit” means human conduct in relation to an owned or harbored dog which is intentioned, deliberate, careless, inadvertent or negligent. (Ord. 86-27, 1986).

6.06.020 Dangerous dog on premises.

The owner of a dangerous dog shall not permit such dog to go unconfined upon the premises of such owner. (Ord. 86-27, 1986).

6.06.030 Dangerous dog off premises.

The owner of a dangerous dog shall not permit such dog to go beyond the premises of such person unless such dog is securely leashed and muzzled or otherwise securely restrained and muzzled. (Ord. 86-27, 1986).

6.06.040 Penalties.

Failure to perform any act required by this chapter, or the performance of any act prohibited by this chapter, is designated as an infraction and not a criminal offense, and shall be punishable by a fine of not more than $500.00; provided, however, that if the court shall find that any person has committed two prior infractions, and has committed a third or subsequent violation, said person shall be guilty of a criminal misdemeanor and may be punished by a fine of not more than $1,000 or by imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment; and provided further, that if the court shall find that a dog has attacked and injured a person or other animal without provocation, the dog’s owner shall be guilty of a criminal gross misdemeanor and may be punished by a fine of not more than $5,000 or by imprisonment for not more than one year, or by both such fine and imprisonment. (Ord. 2014-08 § 2, 2014).