[CC 2000 §205.040; Ord. No. 1023 §1, 1-13-1994]
As used in this Article, the following words and/or phrases shall have the meanings ascribed to them herein:
- Any person, firm, corporation, organization or department possessing or harboring or having the care and custody of an animal.
- VICIOUS ANIMAL
- 1. Any animal with a known propensity, tendency or disposition to attack unprovoked, to cause injury to, or otherwise threaten the safety of human beings or domestic animals;
- 2. Any animal which because of its size, physical nature or vicious propensity is capable of inflicting serious physical harm or death to humans and which would constitute a danger to human life or property if it were not kept in the manner required by this Article;
- 3. Any animal which, without provocation, attacks or bites, or has attacked or bitten, a human being on public or private property other than the property of the owner;
- 4. Any dog owned or harbored primarily or in part for the purpose of fighting or trained for fighting;
- 5. Any animal which, while off the owner's property, has killed a domestic animal without provocation; or
- 6. Any animal which, when unprovoked, chases or approaches a person upon the streets, sidewalks, or any public grounds, or private property other than that property of the owner in a menacing fashion or apparent attitude of attack regardless of whether or not a person is injured by said animal.
[CC 2000 §205.045; Ord. No. 1169 §1, 10-14-1999; Ord. No. 1245 §§1 — 2, 3-31-2003]
No person shall within the City raise, maintain or possess within his/her custody or control of a dog of the "Pit Bull" bred.
"Pit Bull" breed is defined to mean any dog descending from the following bloodlines: Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier or any mixed breed of dog which contains as an element in its breeding the breed of Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier and/or American Staffordshire Terrier as to be identifiable as partially of the breed Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier. Furthermore, "Pit Bull" breed is defined to mean any dog which has the appearance and characteristics of being predominantly of the breeds Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier and/or American Staffordshire Terrier and any other breeds known as Pit Bulls, Pit Bull Dogs and/or Pit Bull Terriers or a combination of any of these breeds thereof.
[CC 2000 §205.050; Ord. No. 1023 §§2 — 3, 1-13-1994]
With the exception of Section 205.120, no animal may be declared dangerous if the threat, injury or damage was sustained by a person who, at the time, was committing a willful trespass or other tort upon the premises occupied by the owner or keeper of the animal, or was teasing, tormenting, abusing or assaulting the animal, or in the past has been observed or reported to have teased, tormented, abused or assaulted the animal, or was committing or attempting to commit a crime. Animals owned by governmental or law enforcement agencies when being used in the services of those agencies are exempt.
With the exception of Section 205.120, the Chief of Police or Animal Control Officer may, because of extenuating circumstances, determine from the investigation of an incident that an animal is not dangerous. However, the owner, being responsible for said animal, shall be warned of the animal's tendencies and shall take appropriate action to prevent subsequent incidences. This, however, does not exempt the owner from being cited for other animal control ordinance violations.
[CC 2000 §205.060; Ord. No. 1023 §4, 1-13-1994]
The owner of a vicious animal shall not suffer or permit the animal to go unconfined. No dangerous animal may be kept on a porch, patio, or in any part of a house or structure that would allow the animal to exit such building on its own volition. In addition, no such animal may be kept in a house or structure when the windows are open or when screen windows or screen doors are the only obstacle preventing the animal from exiting the structure.
[CC 2000 §205.070; Ord. No. 1023 §5, 1-13-1994]
The owner of a vicious animal shall not suffer or permit the dog to go beyond the premises of the owner unless the animal is securely muzzled and restrained by a chain or leash not exceeding six (6) feet in length and under the physical restraint of a responsible person. The muzzle shall be made in a manner that will not cause injury to the animal or interfere with its vision or respiration, but shall prevent it from biting any human or animal.
[CC 2000 §205.080; Ord. No. 1023 §6, 1-13-1994]
The owner of a vicious animal shall display in a prominent place on his/her premises a clearly visible warning sign indicating that there is a vicious animal on the premises. A similar sign is required to be posted on the pen or kennel of the animal.
[CC 2000 §205.090; Ord. No. 1023 §7, 1-13-1994]
No person, firm, corporation, organization or department shall possess or harbor or maintain care or custody of any animal for the purpose of fighting or train, torment, badger, bait or use any animal for the purpose of causing or encouraging the animal to attack human beings or domestic animals.
[CC 2000 §205.100; Ord. No. 1023 §8, 1-13-1994]