Village of Bellevue, MI
Eaton County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Council of the Village of Bellevue as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Municipal civil infraction — See Ch. 1, Art. III.
Noise made by animals — See Ch. 89, § 89-2C.
[Adopted 12-17-1979 by Ord. 70]
[Amended 7-7-2003 by Ord. No. 105; 7-26-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-004]
A. 
No person shall keep or house any animal or fowl within the Village except dogs, cats, canaries or other animals which are commonly kept as pets, and chickens as allowed in § 14-1C.
B. 
Not more than three dogs of licensable age shall be kept in any household, except in the following situations:
(1) 
A household may foster up to one dog from a federal, state or local government agency, shelter, humane society, or rescue.
(2) 
A household may receive preapproval to care for dogs of a family member or friend from the Village of Bellevue if criteria, as set by the Village Council from time to time, are met and adhered to.
C. 
A person who keeps or houses chickens on his or her property shall comply with all of the following requirements:
(1) 
Keep no more than four chickens.
(2) 
The principal use of the person's property is for a one-family dwelling or a two-family dwelling.
(3) 
No person shall keep any rooster.
(4) 
No person shall slaughter any chickens.
(5) 
The chickens shall be provided with a covered enclosure and must be kept in the covered enclosure or an adjoining fenced enclosure at all times. Fenced and covered enclosures are subject to all applicable provisions of the Village of Bellevue's Zoning Ordinance.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 155, Zoning.
(6) 
A person shall not keep chickens in any location on the property other than in the backyard as defined by the Zoning Ordinance.
(7) 
No covered enclosure or fenced enclosure shall be located closer than five feet to any property line of an adjacent property.
(8) 
All enclosures for the keeping of chickens shall be so constructed and repaired as to prevent rats, mice, or other rodents from being harbored underneath or within the walls of the enclosure. A covered enclosure or fenced enclosure shall not be located closer than 30 feet to any residential structure, excluding an attached garage, on an adjacent property.
(9) 
All feed and other items associated with the keeping of chickens that are likely to attract or to become infested with or infected by rats, mice, or other rodents shall be protected so as to prevent rats, mice, or other rodents from gaining access to or coming into contact with them.
[Amended 7-7-2003 by Ord. No. 105; 7-26-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-004]
No person shall own, keep, harbor or possess any dog within the Village unless such person shall have complied with the laws of the State of Michigan providing for the licensing and registration of such dog, and unless such person shall have furnished as a condition precedent to obtaining such dog license, proof of vaccination or injection for rabies.
[Amended 7-7-2003 by Ord. No. 105; 7-26-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-004]
No person shall own, keep, harbor or possess any dog four months old or over, that does not, at all times when such dog is off the premises of the owner, wear a collar or harness with license tag attached, issued pursuant to the laws of the State of Michigan.
[Amended 7-26-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-004]
No person shall cause or permit any animal to run or be at large in the public streets, alleys, vacant lots or other open or public place or places; nor upon any private premises other than the premises of the owner, or occupant, of such animal without the consent of the owner, or occupant, of such private premises; provided, however, that any such animal may be left about outside the premises of the owner thereof on a suitable leash, in the immediate control of a competent person.
[Amended 7-7-2003 by Ord. No. 105; 7-26-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-004]
A. 
No person shall own, keep, or harbor or have charge of any animal, either licensed or unlicensed, which has an ugly or vicious disposition or is dangerous to persons or property. Any animal shall be deemed vicious which has bitten a person or gives indications that it is likely to bite any person or animal without molestation, unless said animal is adequately restrained or confined to the premises of the owner or caretaker.
B. 
No person shall own, keep, harbor or have charge of any animal, licensed or unlicensed, which by the destruction or trespassing on the property of others becomes a nuisance in the vicinity where kept.
C. 
No person shall own, keep, harbor or have charge of any animal, either licensed or unlicensed, which, by the loud and frequent emission of noise, disturbs the comfort or repose of persons in the vicinity or otherwise become a nuisance in the neighborhood in which such animal is kept.
Every person in possession of any animal who shall suffer such animal to remain about his premises for a period of five days shall be deemed to be the owner thereof for purposes of this article.
No person who owns, keeps, harbors or has charge of one or more animals shall permit the accumulation of wastes from such animals, to the extent that such wastes render such person's premises unsanitary, noxious, unhealthful, or otherwise a nuisance by reason of odor or as an attraction to or breeding place for rats or other vermin, flies, mosquitoes, or other disease-bearing insects.
[Amended 7-7-2003 by Ord. No. 105; 7-26-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-004]
Every police officer is authorized to pick up, take into possession and impound every dog running at large in the Village or not being maintained pursuant to this article and to immediately notify the owner, harborer or custodian of said animal. Said officer is authorized to deliver said animal to the Eaton County Dog Warden or other officer with similar authority.
[Amended 7-7-2003 by Ord. No. 105]
A violation of this article is a municipal civil infraction. The penalty for a violation that is a municipal civil infraction shall be a civil fine in an amount set by resolution of the Village Council from time to time.
[Amended 7-26-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-004]
The violation of any provision contained in §§ 14-1, 14-4, 14-5 or 14-7 of this article shall be deemed to be a nuisance per se and shall constitute a basis for the abatement thereof by Village officials or for the obtaining of injunctive relief in a court of competent jurisdiction.