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Our Animal Regulations

Impoundment and Violation Notice — Section 215.060

A. Unrestrained dogs and nuisance animals shall be taken by the Police, Animal Control Officers, or Humane Officers and impounded in an animal shelter and there confined in a humane manner.
B. Impounded dogs and cats shall be kept for not less than five (5) working days.
C. If by a license tab or other means, the owner of an impounded animal can be identified, the Animal Control Officer shall immediately upon impoundment notify the owner by telephone or mail.
D. At any time prior to the disposal of any animal impounded by the City, the owner thereof, upon satisfactory proof of ownership, may redeem such animal upon exhibiting a certificate of license and a certificate of vaccination for rabies and by paying a redemption fee of ten dollars ($10.00), plus an additional ten dollars ($10.00) for each day the animal was impounded. If such animal has not been licensed or vaccinated for rabies, the owner, in addition to paying the redemption fee and the boarding fee shall, immediately after the animal is released to the owner, have such animal licensed and/or vaccinated for rabies. Thereafter, within five (5) days after the animal has been released to the owner, the owner shall tender to the Humane Officer proof of licensing and/or vaccination for rabies. If the owner fails to tender proof of licensing and/or vaccination for rabies within the prescribed time, the Humane Officer shall impound the animal and dispose of the animal pursuant to Subsection (E) of this Section.
E. Any animal not reclaimed by its owner within five (5) working days shall become the property of the local Government authority, or Humane Society, and shall be placed for adoption in a suitable home or humanely euthanized, upon the discretion of the Animal Control Officer.
F. In addition to, or in lieu of, impounding an animal found at large, the Animal Control Officer, Humane Officer, or Police Officer may issue to the known owner of such animal a notice of ordinance violation. Such notice shall impose upon the owner a penalty of ten dollars ($10.00), which may, at the discretion of the animal owner, be paid to any agency designated by the Licensing Authority within seventy-two (72) hours in full satisfaction of the assessed penalty. In the event that such penalty is not paid within the time period prescribed, a criminal warrant shall be initiated before a Magistrate and upon conviction of a violation of this Article, the owner shall be punished as provided in Section 215.130 of this Article.
G. The owner of an impounded animal may also be proceeded against for violation of this Article.
H. The Licensing Authority shall review automatically all licenses issued to animal owners against whom three (3) or more violations have been assessed in a twelve (12) month period.

Running Loose Prohibited — Section 215.210

A. No person owning, controlling, possessing, or having the management or care, in whole or in part, of any dog shall permit such dog to run at large or go off the premises of any owner or keeper thereof, unless such dog is securely tied or led by a line or leash, not to exceed ten (10) feet in length, so as to effectively prevent such dog from biting, molesting or approaching any other person or animal.

B. No person owning, possessing, or otherwise having under his control or custody any wild animal or domestic animal or fowl of any kind shall permit the same to run at large in or upon any of the streets or public places or unenclosed lands of the City, or to tie or tether same in such a way that such animal or fowl may go across or upon any of such places.

Vicious Dogs; Restraint, Posting — Section 215.200

No person shall own, keep, harbor or allow to be in or upon his premises any dog of a cross, dangerous, vicious or ferocious disposition, or which habitually snaps at or bites or manifests a disposition to bite or attack persons, unless such dog is securely fastened by a chain not over six (6) feet long, or is otherwise securely confined upon such premises; and in addition, unless there is in a conspicuous place upon such premises a sign with letters at least two (2) inches high containing the following words, "Beware of Dangerous Dog".”

Animal Waste — Section 215.100

The owner of every animal shall be responsible for the removal of any excreta deposited by his animal(s) on public walks, recreation areas, or private property.”

Animal Care — Section 215.070

A. No owner shall fail to provide his animals with sufficient good and wholesome food and water, proper shelter and protection from the weather, veterinary care when needed to prevent suffering, and with humane care and treatment.

B. No person shall beat, cruelly ill treat, torment, overload, overwork, or otherwise abuse an animal or cause, instigate, or permit any dogfight, cockfight, bullfight, or other combat between animals or between animals and humans.

C. No owner of an animal shall abandon such animal.

D. No person shall crop a dog's ears, except when a licensed veterinarian issues a signed certificate that the operation is necessary for the dog's health and comfort, and in no event shall any person except a licensed veterinarian perform such an operation.

E. Chickens or ducklings younger than eight (8) weeks of age may not be sold in quantities of less than twenty-five (25) to a single purchaser.

F. No person shall give away any live animal, fish, reptile, or bird as a prize for, or as an inducement to enter, any contest, game, or their competition, or as an inducement to enter a place of amusement; or offer such vertebrate as an incentive to enter into any business agreement whereby the offer was for the purpose of attracting trade.

G. Any person who, as the operator of a motor vehicle, strikes a domestic animal shall stop at once and render such assistance as may be possible and shall immediately report such injury or death to the animal's owner; in the event the owner cannot be ascertained and located, such operator shall at once report the accident to the appropriate Law Enforcement Agency or to the local Humane Society.

H. No person shall expose any known poisonous substance, whether mixed with food or not, so that the same shall be liable to be eaten by any animal, provided that it shall not be unlawful for a person to expose on his own property common rat poison mixed only with vegetable substances.”

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