[Adopted 8-14-1973 by Ord. No. 1249 as Ch. 71 of the 1973 Code]
No animal shall be permitted to run or range in or upon the streets, public places or open fields within the corporate limits of the City. Such animals must be kept within enclosures properly and adequately fenced, unless tied by line and halter for grazing.
No animal running, walking, standing or sitting unlawfully at large or any animal running, walking, standing or sitting on a leash or other secure device or method under the control of an individual shall be allowed to defecate or relieve itself in any way, shape or manner upon any street, alley, right-of-way, sidewalk, or any other place used by the public be it private or public property without said individual completely cleaning and removing the defecation or relief and disposing of it in a proper manner and container for said use.
[Added 4-9-2013 by Ord. No. 1874]
Under no circumstances shall rabbits, guinea pigs or fowl be allowed to run at large, but shall be kept confined in a suitable building or coop with an enclosed and covered runway.
It shall be unlawful for any person to keep or maintain any cattle, sheep or goats within the corporate limits of the City.
No person shall be permitted to keep or maintain any hog or pig in any pen, sty or other enclosure within the corporate limits of the City.
No chicken coop shall be erected, maintained or kept nearer than 20 feet to any dwelling house, residence or place in which persons live, and all such places shall be kept in a sanitary condition so that the same shall not be an annoyance or injurious to the public health and subject to such reasonable regulations as the Board of Health may deem necessary for the preservation of the public health and safety.
No person shall keep, harbor or maintain any domestic animals or fowl on any premises within the corporate limits of the City in any manner which will cause unsanitary, insalubrious or offensive conditions to arise therefrom, nor shall any person harbor any animal or vermin whose natural actions and presence are or may be deleterious or harmful to the public health.
[Amended 7-18-1995 by Ord. No. 1596; 2-8-2000 by Ord. No. 1679]
No rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, pigeons, turkeys, chickens, ducks, geese or other feathered animals shall be kept or maintained in any dwelling, apartment, flat or tenement, and no person shall keep or cause to be kept any mice or rats in any dwelling, apartment, flat or tenement.
No dogs and/or cats, or any combination thereof, in excess of three in number, shall be kept or maintained in any dwelling, apartment, flat or tenement, and no person shall keep or cause to be kept any dogs and/or cats, or any combination thereof, in excess of three in any dwelling, apartment, flat or tenement, subject to the limitation specified in Subsection C below.
All litters of puppies and kittens shall not be counted for purposes of compliance with this section until 90 days or six weeks following birth. The purpose of this limitation is to enable owners of dogs and/or cats to have 90 days or six weeks to humanely remove such litters from their premises so as not to violate the provisions of this section.
It shall be unlawful for any person to cruelly beat, torture, maltreat or abuse any animal or fowl within the corporate limits of the City, whether such animal or fowl belongs to himself or herself or to another person.
No animal infected with a communicable disease dangerous to the public health shall be brought to or kept within the corporate limits of the City except by permission of the Board of Health, and the bodies of animals dead of such disease or killed on account thereof shall not be buried within 500 feet of any residence nor be disposed of otherwise than as the Board of Health or its Health Officer shall direct.
Every veterinary physician or surgeon and every person practicing as such and every person owning or having animals in his care within the City shall present to the Health Officer a written notice of the existence of any and every case of tuberculosis, glanders or farcy or other contagious or infectious diseases of animals which may have come under his or her observation or to his or her knowledge, which notice shall be given within two days thereafter and shall contain the name and residence of the possessor of the animal so diseased, so far as the same can be ascertained, a description of the animal and when last seen by the person giving the notice and shall be signed by him or her, and any owner, possessor of or person harboring such affected animal shall immediately dispose of such animal upon order of the Health Officer and in such manner that the same will not be dangerous or injurious to the public health.
[Added 4-14-1992 by Ord. No. 1518]
Any person, firm or corporation who or which shall violate any of the provisions of this article shall, upon conviction, be punishable by a fine not exceeding $600, plus costs of prosecution, and, in default of payment of such fine and costs, by imprisonment for a period not exceeding 90 days.