Village of Footville, WI
Rock County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Footville as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 1-3-1974 by Ord. No. 94A (Ch. 13 of the 1990 Code)]
It shall be unlawful for dogs and cats to run at large in the Village of Footville at any time. Dogs and cats shall be deemed to be running at large when found on any of the public streets, alleys, parks or other public grounds of the Village, or when off the premises of the owner or person having custody of such dog or cat. A dog or cat shall not be deemed to be at large if under the control of a person by means of a chain, rope or cord of sufficient strength to control the action of such dog or cat, or such other personal presence and attention as will reasonably control the conduct of said dog or cat.
[Amended 4-1-1997 by Ord. No. 4-9-97]
A. 
Purpose. The keeping of a large number of dogs and cats within the Village of Footville for a considerable period of time detracts from and, in many instances, is detrimental to, healthful and comfortable life in such areas where residential housing units are closer than 500 feet from each other. The keeping of a large number of dogs and cats within close proximity is, therefore, declared a public nuisance.
B. 
Number limited. No person, family or occupants of one housing unit shall own, harbor or keep in its possession more than two dogs and two cats in any residential housing unit within the Village of Footville that is within 500 feet of any other residential housing unit, except that a litter of pups or kittens or a portion of a litter may be kept for not more than 10 weeks from birth.
It shall be unlawful to own, harbor, or keep any dog in the Village of Footville which: habitually pursues any vehicle upon any public street, alley or highway in the Village of Footville; assaults or attacks any person; or habitually barks or howls so that the peace and quiet of the neighborhood is disturbed.
It shall be unlawful to own, harbor, or keep any cat in the Village of Footville which habitually screams or howls so that the peace and quiet of the neighborhood is disturbed.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III)]
Every owner or keeper of a dog or cat, and every other person who knows that a dog or cat has bitten any person, shall immediately report such fact to any member of the Village Board or to the Chief of Police and such owner or keeper shall immediately confine said dog or cat as provided in § 95.21, Wis. Stats., and shall not release such dog or cat except with the written approval of the Chief of Police. Any such dog or cat shall be surrendered to the Village Board upon demand.
A. 
Any unlicensed dog or cat may be seized or impounded if found at large within the Village of Footville, and the fact that a dog or cat is without a proper license tag attached to its collar shall be presumptive evidence that it is unlicensed.
B. 
The Chief of Police or any member of the Village Board who has acted pursuant to Subsection A above shall notify the owner personally or through the mail, if such owner be known to the officer or can be ascertained with reasonable effort. If such owner be unknown or cannot be ascertained, then the officer shall post written notice in three public places in the Village, giving a description of the dog or cat, stating where it is impounded and the conditions for its release within 48 hours, Sundays excepted, after such officer shall have taken said dog or cat into his possession. If after seven days the owner does not claim such cat or dog, such officer or any party designated by the Village President shall dispose of or arrange for the disposal of the dog or cat in a proper and humane manner. Every officer who has received a dog or cat under this subsection shall keep a record of such dog or cat describing the dog or cat with reasonable certainty of identification and listing the name and address of the party to whom the dog or cat was delivered or the manner in which the dog or cat was otherwise disposed of. In addition, any person to whom the dog or cat is delivered must sign a statement to that effect giving his name, address and the date of delivery or receipt of such dog or cat.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III)]
C. 
The conditions of release for a licensed dog or cat shall be the reimbursement to the Village Board for any expenditures the Village has incurred by impounding the dog or cat. The conditions for the release of an unlicensed dog or cat are the purchase of a license plus the reimbursement to the Village Board for the expenditures incurred by the Village in impounding said dog or cat.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III)]
Except as provided in § 174.054 Wis. Stats., the owner of a dog more than five months of age on January 1 of any year, or which reaches the age of five months within a license year, shall annually, or on or before the date the dog becomes five months of age, or within 30 days of acquiring ownership of a licensable dog, pay the dog license tax and obtain a license. The license tax is $6 for a neutered male dog or spayed female dog, upon presentation of evidence that the dog is neutered or spayed, and $11 for an unneutered male dog or an unspayed female dog, or 1/2 of these amounts if the dog became five months of age after July 1 of the license year. The Village Board may, by resolution, raise the dog license tax. The license year commences on January 1 and ends on the following December 31. The Village Clerk shall assess and collect a late fee of $5 from every owner of a dog five months of age or over, if the owner failed to obtain a license within 60 days of the date a license should have been obtained as required by this section.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
DOG or CAT
Any domesticated member of the canine or feline species, male or female, over the age of three months.
[Added 9-1-1994 by Ord. No. 9-1-94]
The owner or person in charge of any dog or cat shall not permit solid fecal matter of such animal to deposit on any street, alley or other public or private property, unless such matter is immediately removed therefrom by said owner or person in charge. This section shall not apply to a person who is visually or physically handicapped.
[Added at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III)]
The penalty for violations of this article shall be $124 per dog.
[Adopted 12-7-1995 by Ord. No. 12-7-95; amended in its entirety 11-3-2016]
No person shall keep or permit to be kept, any wild, exotic or vicious animal as a pet.
As used in this article, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
EXCEPTIONS
Guard dogs, ferrets, nonpoisonous snakes, nonconstricting snakes, rabbits, and laboratory rats which have been bred in captivity and which have never known the wild shall be excluded from this section.
VICIOUS ANIMAL
Any animal, reptile, and/or fish that constitutes a physical threat to human beings or other animals.
WILD AND EXOTIC ANIMALS
Any poisonous snake, constricting snake, tarantula, live monkey (nonhuman primate), raccoon, skunk, wolf, squirrel, fox, leopard, panther, tiger, lion, lynx, or other warm-blooded animal which can normally be found only in the wild state, any member of the crocodilian family including, but not limited to, alligators, crocodiles, caiman and gavials.
No horse, mule, donkey, pony, cow, pig, pot-bellied pig, goat, sheep or animal raised for fur-bearing purposes, chicken coop, dove cote, rabbit warren, or other yard establishment where small animals or fowl such as chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, pheasants, rabbits or guinea pigs are kept shall be allowed within the corporate limits of the Village, except in areas zoned Agricultural (A).
It shall be unlawful for any person to establish or maintain any hive, stand, or box where bees are kept or keep any bees in or upon any premises within the corporate limits of the Village.
[Added at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. III)]
Violations of this article shall be subject to the penalties provided in § 1-4, Penalties.