Village of Hobart, WI
Brown County
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[Adopted 7-15-2014[1]]
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Editor's Note: This ordinance superseded former Art. III, Licensing and Control of Dogs, adopted as § 5.0 of the 2000 Code.
A. 
License required.
(1) 
Every person residing in the Village who owns a dog which is more than five months of age on January 1 shall annually at the time and in the manner prescribed by law for the payment of personal property taxes obtain a license therefor.
(2) 
Every person in the Village residing in the R-2, R-2-R or R-3 Single-Family Zoning Districts who owns one or more chickens shall secure an annual license in the same manner as required for dogs, except that the license shall be required regardless of the age of the chickens. The license and associated fee are to keep chickens and not a "per chicken" license.
[Amended 6-7-2016 by Ord. No. 06-2016]
(a) 
Initial license applications. All applicants must receive and provide written approval from the owner and occupant(s) of all neighboring residentially used properties within 100 feet of the applicant's property lines, exclusive of street rights-of-way. The applicant shall contact neighboring property owners and occupants and provide to said parties information required for the license in order that said parties may be informed as to the requirements and regulations applicable to the keeping of chickens. No initial license application for the keeping of chickens may be considered unless said approvals have been obtained and presented. This provision shall only apply for approval of the initial license application and not for renewal of consecutive licenses. In cases where the license lapses by more than 30 days, any application shall be considered an initial application.
B. 
Fees. The license fees will be as determined by resolution of the Village Board.
[Amended 6-7-2016 by Ord. No. 06-2016]
C. 
State law adopted. Chapter 174, Wis. Stats., pertaining to licensing of dogs, is made part of this section by reference.
A. 
No person shall own, harbor, or keep in his possession more than two dogs on property zoned residential, with the exception that a litter of pups, or a portion of a litter, may be kept for not exceeding eight weeks from birth. As provided in Chapter 295, Zoning, additional dogs may be a permitted use on property zoned ER and as conditional uses in the R-1, R-2 and R-3 Residential Districts, and only as to property containing a single-family residence.
[Amended 1-6-2015 by Ord. No. 01-2015]
B. 
If a household owns or keeps more than two dogs on the premises for which licenses are required, the owner shall, in addition to obtaining the required license for each dog, file a statement with the Village Clerk-Treasurer acknowledging he/she is aware of the Village's dog limitation and that he/she agrees to reduce the number of licensed dogs on the premises to two if the Police Department receives a nuisance complaint against the premises caused by, or related to, the number of dogs housed on the premises.
C. 
In addition to the license tax for each dog, an additional fee will be charged for the third, and all subsequent, dog license(s) issued, not to exceed four per household.
D. 
No person in the Village residing in the R-2, R-2-R or R-3 Single-Family Zoning Districts shall own, harbor or keep in his or her possession more than six chickens. For the purposes of this article, a "chicken" shall be defined as a domestic hen or pullet of the subspecies Gallus gallus domesticus. No roosters are allowed.
[Amended 6-7-2016 by Ord. No. 06-2016]
A. 
No person shall own, harbor or keep a dog which runs at large. Any dog not on a leash, nor within the property limits of its owner or keeper, is declared to be "at large," and is declared to be a public nuisance. A "leash" shall be defined as a chain, cord or rope which is not more than 10 feet in length and which is of sufficient strength to control the actions of the animal. Any police officer, humane officer or other designated public official of the Village may enter any premises, except that premises of the owner or keeper of such animal, and capture, by any reasonable and necessary means, such animal.
B. 
A dog that is actively engaged in a legal hunting activity, including training, is not considered to be running at large if a dog is monitored or supervised by a person and the dog is on land that is open to hunting or on land on which the person has obtained permission to hunt or to train a dog.
C. 
No person in the Village residing in an R2 - Single-Family Zoning District shall own, harbor or keep a chicken which runs at large. Any chicken not secured within a fenced enclosure or equivalent within the property limits of its owner or keeper is declared to be "at large," and is declared to be a public nuisance.
[1]
Editor’s Note: Former § 102-14, Mad or vicious dogs prohibited, was repealed 5-7-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-07.
[Amended 1-6-2015 by Ord. No. 01-2015]
If any dog is suspected of having rabies, the police may follow the prescribed procedures found in Wis. Stats. § 95.21 to take possession of the dog.
A. 
For impounding and taking care of dogs impounded, the following fees shall be allowed:
(1) 
Board: as established by the Village Board by resolution.
(2) 
Inoculations: as established by the Village Board by resolution.
B. 
Any person wishing to reclaim a dog so impounded from the animal shelter must pay the above charges against such dog.
C. 
Any dog not claimed within seven days may be disposed of by the Village or given, upon payment of the fees imposed for the impounding of such animal, to any person wishing to accept such animal.
A. 
"Owner" shall include any person owning, harboring, or keeping a dog in the Village.
B. 
Every dog owner shall have any dog over five months old inoculated with an anti-rabic vaccine by a veterinarian every three years.
[Amended 1-6-2015 by Ord. No. 01-2015]
C. 
Each veterinarian after inoculating a dog shall give a certificate of inoculation to the owner of the dog, who shall mail or deliver a copy to the Village Clerk-Treasurer within five days after inoculation.
[Amended 1-6-2015 by Ord. No. 01-2015]
D. 
No person shall own, harbor or keep any dog which has not been inoculated as provided herein.
E. 
In addition to the penalties hereafter provided for a violation of this subsection, any police officer, humane officer or Health Officer of the Village may impound any dog which has not been inoculated as required. Such dog shall not be released until proof has been furnished to the police officer, humane office or Health Officer that the dog has been inoculated with an anti-rabic vaccine. After such dog has been so impounded for seven days without having been reclaimed by its owner or anyone on behalf of such owner, the dog shall be destroyed under the direction of a police officer, humane officer or Health Officer.
A. 
Any police officer, humane officer, or Health Officer may impound in the animal shelter any dog found in violation of this section.
B. 
Notice of impounding shall be given to the owner of the dog, if known, by the person or officer in possession of the dog, within 24 hours of impounding.
C. 
Any person, police officer, humane officer or Health Officer who shall kill or impound any dog shall make a report to the Village Clerk-Treasurer stating when and under what conditions he seized, killed or impounded such dog and the owner's name if known.
[Amended 1-6-2015 by Ord. No. 01-2015]
Violations of this article shall be subject to the penalties provided in § 1-3. Each day of continuing violation shall constitute a separate offense.
A. 
The Village of Hobart may revoke or may refuse any license required by this article upon the conviction of any two offenses of provisions contained in Article II or III of this chapter not classified as animal cruelty or for any offense classified as animal cruelty as defined in § 102-10B(2).
B. 
Upon license revocation or refusal, status may be restored by submitting a petition to the Village Board identifying what measures have been taken to correct the concerns resulting in citation issuance, and securing approval from the Village Board to restore license status.