[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Hillsville 10-11-1978 as Ch. 3 of the 1978 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Nuisances — See Ch. 97.
There is hereby established within the town a bird sanctuary for the protection and propagation of songbirds within the town.
In the protection of songbirds, it shall be unlawful for any person to shoot, destroy or harm songbirds or their nesting places within the town.
Appropriate signs shall be placed at the corporate limits of the town, on the main highways entering the town, showing the establishment of a bird sanctuary in the town, which signs shall hereafter be properly maintained and so located as to be easily observed.
It shall be unlawful for any person to keep upon his premises any hog or pig within two hundred (200) yards of a neighboring occupied dwelling or building.
It shall be unlawful for an owner or custodian of any dog to allow the dog to run at large. A dog shall be deemed to be running at large while roaming, running or self-hunting off the property of its owner or custodian and not under its owner's or custodian's immediate control.
It shall be unlawful for any person to keep within the town any dog, male or female, over four (4) months of age, without first having the dog inoculated against rabies, in accordance with the standards and requirements of the State Health Department, and to thereafter keep the dog without having the animal reinoculated at the intervals established by the Health Department.
No person shall pen up or confine cows, horses, mules or other animals in any place within the town that will cause it to be a nuisance.
It shall be unlawful for any person to allow any hog, pig, goat, ox, cow, calf, horse, mule, colt or other animal likely to be a nuisance to run at large in the town.
No person shall have or keep any animal or fowl which, by making or causing frequent or long continued and unreasonable noise, shall disturb the comfort and repose of any person in the vicinity. Upon complaint being made to the town police that the provisions of this section are being violated, such officer may, after investigation, give notice of such complaint to the owner or person in charge of such animal or fowl and order the discontinuance of the disturbance. It shall be unlawful to fail to comply with such order.
If any animal or fowl dies in the town, the owner or person in charge of such animal or fowl shall at once dispose of the same in a manner satisfactory to the health officer. It shall be unlawful for the owner or person in charge of a dead animal or fowl to fail to dispose of the same within five (5) hours after notice to do so. When the owner or person in charge of a dead animal or fowl is unknown, the dead animal or fowl shall be disposed of at the expense of the town by the town.
No person shall override, overdrive, overload, torture, ill treat or cruelly or unnecessarily beat, maim, mutilate or kill any animal, whether belonging to himself or another, or deprive any animal of necessary sustenance, food or drink or cause any of the above things or, being the owner of such animal, permit such acts to be done by another or willfully set on foot, instigate, engage or in any way further any act of cruelty to any animal or carry or cause to be carried in or upon any vehicle or vessel or otherwise any animal in a cruel, brutal or inhuman manner so as to produce torture or unnecessary suffering; but nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit the dehorning of cattle. The word "animal," as used in this section, shall be construed to include birds and fowl.