Town of Greenville, WI
Outagamie County
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[Adopted 12-8-1997 by Ord. No. 15; amended in its entirety 1-11-2016 by Ord. No. 1-16]
Pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes § 60.22(3), the Town Board of Supervisors of the Town of Greenville, Outagamie County, Wisconsin, hereby adopts the provisions of Chapter 174 of the Wisconsin Statutes for the control of dogs in the Town of Greenville, Outagamie County, Wisconsin, as described herein.
The purpose of this article is to regulate animal control within the Town of Greenville, Outagamie County, Wisconsin.
In this article, unless the context or subject matter requires otherwise, the following definitions shall be applicable:
ANIMAL
Any live, vertebrate creature, domestic or wild.
ANIMAL ABUSE
No person shall beat, cruelly ill-treat, torment or otherwise abuse an animal.
AT LARGE
To be off the premises of the owner and not under the control of some person either by leash or physical means of restraint, but an animal within an automobile of its owner or in an automobile of any person with the consent of the animal's owner shall be deemed to be upon the owner's premises.
LIMIT ALLOWED
No person or household shall keep more than the determined number of animals.
OFFICER
A designated officer appointed by the Town Board of the Town of Greenville to enforce this article. This shall include the Town Chairman, the Town Constable and any member of the Outagamie County Sheriff's Department.
OWNER
Any person owning, harboring, or keeping an animal and the occupant of any premises on which an animal remains or to which the animal customarily returns daily for a period of 10 days, is presumed to be harboring or keeping the animal within the meaning of this section.
PUBLIC NUISANCE
Any animal which:
A. 
Is repeatedly at large within the Town of Greenville.
B. 
Habitually pursues any vehicle upon any public roadway in the Town of Greenville.
C. 
Assaults or attacks any person off the premises of the owner.
D. 
Barks, whines or howls in an excessive, continuous or untimely fashion.
E. 
Attacks persons or animals without provocation when such persons or animals are peacefully conducting themselves in a place where they are lawfully entitled to be.
F. 
Is over five months of age and has not been issued a valid license and/or does not have the license attached to the dog as required by § 174.07(1)(e) of the Wisconsin Statutes.
G. 
Is known by the owner to be infected with rabies, or has been bitten by an animal known to have been infected with rabies, and such owner fails to quarantine the dog as required by Wisconsin Statutes § 95.21.
H. 
Defecates on property other than that of the owner, and said defecation is not removed immediately by the owner.
I. 
Damages public or private property.
J. 
Violates any other provision of Chapter 174 of the Wisconsin Statutes.
RESTRAINT (LEASH LAW)
The animal must be secured by a leash or lead, and under the control of a responsible person and obedient to that person's command or within the real property limits of its owner.
It shall be unlawful for any person in the Town of Greenville to own, harbor, or keep any dog more than five months of age without complying with Chapter 174 of the Wisconsin Statutes. Dog licensing shall be completed between January 1 and March 31 of each year. Owners shall purchase the license at the fee set forth in the Town of Greenville Fee Schedule. Owners will be charged a late penalty as set forth in the Town of Greenville Fines and Forfeitures Schedule if they fail to purchase a license prior to April 1 for dogs that are five months or older by April 1, or within 30 days of acquiring a licensable (five months or older) dog. A valid rabies certificate from a licensed veterinarian and proof of spay or neuter will be required at the time the license is purchased. The dog tag issued must be attached to a collar, and a collar with the tag attached shall be kept on the dog for which the license is issued at all times as set forth in Wisconsin Statutes § 174.07(1)(e).
It shall be unlawful for any person within the Town of Greenville to own, harbor, or keep any dog which:
A. 
Is at large within the Town of Greenville.
B. 
Habitually pursues any vehicle upon any public roadway in the Town of Greenville.
C. 
Assaults or attacks any person off the premises of the owner.
D. 
Habitually barks or howls to the reasonable annoyance of any person.
E. 
Kills, wounds, or worries any domestic animal, which includes livestock, dogs and cats, horse, bovine, sheep, goat, pig, elk or other deer raised in captivity, llama, alpaca, domestic rabbit, farm-raised deer, or domestic fowl, including game fowl raised in captivity, nests or eggs of game birds.
F. 
Is over five months of age and has not been issued a valid license and/or does not have the license attached to the dog as required by § 174.07(1)(e) of the Wisconsin Statutes.
G. 
Is known by the owner to be infected with rabies, or has been bitten by an animal known to have been infected with rabies, and such owner fails to quarantine the dog as required by Wisconsin Statutes § 95.21.
H. 
Defecates on property other than that of the owner, and said defecation is not removed immediately by the owner.
I. 
Violates any other provision of Chapter 174 of the Wisconsin Statutes.
Wisconsin Statutes § 95.21 is hereby incorporated by reference and made a part of this article. Any provisions of this article shall be read in conjunction with Wisconsin Statutes § 95.21; however, it is the intent to make this article more restrictive pursuant to Wisconsin Statutes § 95.21(9).
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person or household to keep more than six animals.
B. 
The maximum number of dogs is three in any household within the Town of Greenville unless a multiple dog license has been approved and issued by the Town of Greenville/Outagamie County Clerk's Office.
C. 
This section shall not apply to properly licensed pet shops, commercial or boarding kennels, humane society/association, animal shelter, doggy day care, rescue facility or veterinary clinics or hospitals.
No owner or caretaker of an animal shall fail to provide it with adequate food, adequate water and adequate heating, cooling, ventilation, sanitation, shelter, and medical care consistent with the normal requirements of an animal's size, species and breed.
A. 
The owner or caretaker of an animal shall promptly remove and dispose of, in a sanitary manner, any excrement left or deposited by the animal upon public or private property.
B. 
The owner or caretaker of a dog or cat shall have in his or her immediate possession an appropriate means of removing animal excrement whenever said animal is not on property owned or possessed by the owner or caretaker.
C. 
All pens, yards, structures or areas where animals are kept shall be maintained in a nuisance-free manner. Excrement shall be removed regularly and disposed of properly so as not to attract insects or rodents, become unsightly, or cause objectionable odors.
A. 
If any dog or cat for which the owner holds a current rabies certificate is involved in a bite or scratch incident, the owner shall quarantine and confine the animal under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian for at least 10 days from the date of the incident. The animal shall not be allowed to come in contact with other animals or people during the period of confinement. Supervision of a veterinarian includes, at a minimum, examination of the animal on the first day, on the 10th day, and on one intervening day.
B. 
Any dog or cat involved in a bite or scratch incident that has not been rabies vaccinated or has not been revaccinated within the prescribed times must be confined at a veterinary hospital, a licensed animal shelter, or a place designated by the Outagamie County Health Department.
C. 
The owner of any dog or cat involved in a bite or scratch incident is responsible for any expenses incurred.
Any person, firm, or corporation who shall violate any provision of this article shall, upon conviction thereof, forfeit as follows:
A. 
If the animal injures or causes injury to a person, or any domestic animal, which includes livestock, dogs and cats, horse, bovine, sheep, goat, pig, elk or other deer raised in captivity, llama, alpaca, domestic rabbit, farm-raised deer, or domestic fowl, including game fowl raised in captivity, nests or eggs of game birds, the forfeiture amounts for violations of this subsection shall be set from time to time by ordinance in the Fine and Forfeiture Schedule of the Town of Greenville if the owner did not have notice that the dog had previously caused injury.
B. 
If the owner did have notice or knew that the animal previously caused injury to a person, or any domestic animal, which includes livestock, dogs and cats, horse, bovine, sheep, goat, pig, elk or other deer raised in captivity, llama, alpaca, domestic rabbit, farm-raised deer, or domestic fowl, including game fowl raised in captivity, nests or eggs of game birds, the forfeiture amounts for violations of this subsection shall be set from time to time by ordinance in the Fine and Forfeiture Schedule of the Town of Greenville.
C. 
For an animal running at large, a forfeiture amount listed in the Fine and Forfeiture Schedule of the Town of Greenville for offenses.
D. 
Any owner who fails to have an animal vaccinated against rabies as required by Wisconsin Statutes § 95.21 shall forfeit an amount that shall be set from time to time in the Fine and Forfeiture Schedule.
E. 
An owner who refuses to comply with an order concerning quarantine shall be fined an amount set from time to time by ordinance in the Fine and Forfeiture Schedule of the Town of Greenville.
F. 
For all other violations of this article, a forfeiture amount set from time to time by ordinance in the Fine and Forfeiture Schedule of the Town of Greenville.
G. 
Each violation and each day a violation occurs or continues shall constitute a separate offense.
H. 
If any dog owner fails to obtain a license as required by Wisconsin State Statutes Chapter 174, the owner shall forfeit an amount that shall be set from time to time in the Fine and Forfeiture Schedule.
I. 
In all cases above, there shall be in addition to the fines set out, the cost of prosecution, and in default of the payment of the fine and costs, may be imprisoned in the County jail until costs and forfeitures are paid, but not to exceed 30 days.