ARTICLE IV – REGULATIONS

              3-4-1              INOCULATION AGAINST RABIES; TAG REQUIRED.

              (A)               Every owner of a dog four (4) months or more of age shall cause such dog to be inoculated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian at such intervals which have been required by the Department and the Act.

              (B)               The fee for a rabies inoculation tag, as required by Section 8 of the Act, shall be Seven Dollars ($7.00) for a one (1) year tag and Fourteen Dollars ($14.00) for a three (3) year tag.

              (C)               It shall be unlawful for any person to make or produce a counterfeit or forged rabies tag.

              (D)               It shall be unlawful for any person to possess a counterfeit or forged rabies tag knowing such rabies tag to be counterfeit or forged or under such circumstances as would reasonably induce him to believe the rabies tag was counterfeit or forged.

(Ord. No. 2010-24; 10-18-10)

            3-4-2              COLLAR OR HARNESS REQUIRED.

              (A)               Every dog which is required to be inoculated against rabies under the provision of the Act or this Chapter, shall be provided by its owner or keeper with a collar or harness made of leather, metal, or other substantial material to which the owner or keeper shall cause a current rabies vaccination tag to be securely attached.

              (B)               Every owner of a dog under four (4) months of age shall have a tag specifying the owner’s name, address and telephone number attached to a collar or harness which shall be worn by the dog at all times.

              (C)               Any collar or harness required by this Section shall be worn by such dog at all times, except when such dog is confined to an enclosed area.

              3-4-3              RUNNING AT LARGE.

              (A)               It shall be unlawful for any person who is the owner or keeper of any dog, bison, cattle, swine, sheep, goats, equidae, or geese to allow or permit such dog, bison, cattle, swine, sheep, goats, equidae, or geese to run at large on any public way, public property or public place or upon the private premises of any person other than the premises of the owner or keeper of such dog.

              (B)               Any dog, bison, cattle, swine, sheep, goats, equidae, or geese found running at large shall be apprehended and impounded.

              (C)               A dog found running at large contrary to the provisions of this Section a second or subsequent time must be spayed or neutered within thirty (30) days after being reclaimed unless already spayed or neutered; failure to comply shall result in impoundment.

(Ord. No. 2010-24; 10-18-10)

            3-4-4              HUMANE TREATMENT.

              (A)               It shall be unlawful for any person owning, keeping, having in his possession or harboring any animal to fail to provide the following to each of his animals:

                            (1)      sufficient quantity of good quality, wholesome food and water; or

                            (2)      adequate shelter and protection from the weather; or

                            (3)      veterinary care when needed to prevent suffering; or

                            (4)      humane care and treatment.

              (B)               No owner or person shall confine any animal in a motor vehicle in such a manner that places it in a life or health threatening situation by exposure to a prolonged period of extreme heat or cold, without proper ventilation or other protection from such heat or cold.  In order to protect the health and safety of an animal, an animal control officer or peace officer who has probable cause to believe that this subsection (B) is being violated shall have authority to enter such motor vehicle by any reasonable means under the circumstances after making a reasonable effort to locate the owner or other person responsible.

              3-4-5              OTHER OFFENSES.

              (A)               Barking Dog.  It shall be unlawful for any person to own, keep, have in his possession or harbor any dog which, by frequent whining, yelping, barking, howling or other excessive noise which can be heard beyond the boundary or the premises of real property belonging to such person with such volume and frequency as to be a public nuisance or disturb the peace.

              (B)               Accumulation of Animal Waste.  It shall be unlawful for any person owning, keeping, having in his possession or harboring any animal to allow or permit the unreasonable accumulation of excrement, urine, blood, vomit, or other animal waste so as to be a public nuisance or be dangerous to the health of human beings or animals.

              (C)               Removal of Excrement.  It shall be unlawful for any person owning, keeping, having in his possession or harboring any animal to allow or permit such animal to defecate upon a public way, upon public property or upon the property of another, unless such person immediately removes any excrement deposited by such animal.

              (D)               Animal Odors.  It shall be unlawful for any person owning, keeping, having in his possession or harboring any animal to allow or permit such animal to cause any odors offensive to a reasonable person residing in the vicinity, potentially dangerous to health, or creating any other public nuisance.

              (E)               Abandonment of Animal.  It shall be unlawful for any person to dump or abandon any animal.

              (F)               Dangerous Dog; Leash Required.  It is unlawful for any person to knowingly or recklessly permit any dangerous dog to leave the premises of its owner when not under control by leash.

              3-4-6              IMPOUNDMENT.  The Administrator, Deputy Administrators, Animal Control Wardens and any peace officer may apprehend and impound the following animals:

              (A)               Dogs which have bitten a person.

              (B)               Dogs four (4) months or more of age which have not been inoculated against rabies by a licensed veterinarian.

              (C)               Dogs four (4) months or more of age not on the premises of their owner and which do not have current, valid rabies inoculation tag attached to their collar or harness.

              (D)               Dogs under four (4) months of age not on the premises of their owner and which do not have an identification tag specifying the owner’s name, address and telephone number attached to their collar or harness.

              (E)               Dogs wearing a current valid rabies inoculation tag or identification tag which are not on the premises occupied by the dog’s owner and are not accompanied or
supervised by the owner and are not on a leash when a written complaint has been received by the Animal Control Wardens.

              (F)               Any stray animal.

              (G)               Any animal found in such condition or circumstances which pose or create a danger to the animal’s health or well being which pose or create a danger the health or well being of any person or the public.

              (H)               Any animal found in such condition or circumstances that would constitute a violation of the Act or this Chapter.

              3-4-7              APPREHENSION OR IMPOUNDMENT OF DANGEROUS ANIMALS.  Where any animal is subject to apprehension or impoundment pursuant to the Act or this Chapter, and the capture of such animal threatens the safety of the Administrator, Deputy Administrators, Animal Control Wardens or any peace officer, or where such animal endangers the safety of any person, such animal may be destroyed by the Administrator, Deputy Administrators, Animal Control Wardens or any peace officer.

              3-4-8              REDEMPTION OF IMPOUNDED ANIMALS.  In case the owner of any impounded animal desires to make redemption thereof, he or she may do so by doing the following:

              (A)               Paying for the rabies inoculation of the dog or cat and registration, if applicable; and

              (B)               Paying a boarding fee of, pursuant to Section 10(c) of the Act, for the period the animal was impounded at a rate of Eight Dollars ($8.00) per day; and

              (C)               Paying an additional impoundment fee of Twenty-Five Dollars ($25.00) pursuant to Section 10(d) of the Act; and

              (D)               Paying a Twenty-Five Dollar ($25.00) public safety fine to be deposited into the Pet Population Control Fund; provided, however, such fine shall be waived if it is the animal’s first impoundment and the owner has the animal spayed or neutered within fourteen (14) days; and

              (E)               Complying with all requirements of the Act regarding the redemption of impounded animals.

              3-4-9              BITES.

              (A)               Any person having knowledge that any person has been bitten by an animal shall immediately notify the Administrator or, if the Administrator is not a veterinarian, the Deputy Administrator.

              (B)               It is unlawful for the owner of any animal which has bitten a person to euthanize, sell, give away, or otherwise dispose of any animal known to have bitten a person, until it is released by the Administrator or, if the Administrator is not a veterinarian, the Deputy Administrator, or his authorized representative.

              (C)               It is unlawful for the owner of any animal which has bitten a person to refuse or fail to comply with the reasonable written or printed instructions made by the Administrator or, if the Administrator is not a veterinarian, the Deputy Administrator, or his authorized representative.  Any violation of this subsection (C) shall result in immediate impoundment of such animal.

            3-4-10           DANGEROUS ANIMALS.  No person shall have a right of property in, keep, harbor, care for, act as custodian of or maintain in his possession any dangerous animal.  (Ord. No. 2010-24; 10-18-10)

              3-4-11           INSPECTIONS.  For the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this Chapter and making inspections hereunder, the Administrator, Deputy Administrators, Animal Control Wardens or any peace officer may enter upon private premises to apprehend a stray animal, a dangerous dog or any other animal thought to be infected with rabies or to investigate any other suspect violation of the Act or this Chapter.  If, after request therefore, the owner of such animal shall refuse to deliver the dog or other animal to the officer, the owner shall be in violation of this Chapter and such animal may be immediately impounded.

              3-4-12           ADOPTION OF STATE LAW BY REFERENCE.  Each and every part of the Act is incorporated into this Chapter by reference and made a part of this Chapter.  A violation of any provision of the Act shall be a violation of this Chapter and shall be subject to penalties as set forth in this Chapter.