For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
   ANIMALS.  All living vertebrates, domestic and non-domestic, but not including humans.
   ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER.  Employee of the county and empowered to enforce all state laws and local ordinances pertaining to animals.
   ANIMAL SHELTER.  Any premises designated by the county for the purposes of impounding and caring for all animals in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.
   HEALTH DIRECTOR.  Health Director of the County Health Department.
   IMPOUNDMENT.  Secure custody of any animal by a person or shelter duly authorized by the county.
   KEEPER.  A person having custody of an animal, or who keeps or harbors an animal, or who knowingly permits an animal to remain on or about any premises occupied or controlled by such person.
   KENNEL.  Any premises wherein a person boards, lets for hire, trains for fee, breeds, buys or sells cats or dogs. This shall not include the ownership of dogs or cats which are part of the household or which are maintained adjoining a private residence for hunting, tracking practice, exhibition, or the guarding or protection of the owner’s property when no more than five dogs or cats per year are sold by such owner.
   OWNER.  A person having the right of property to an animal.
   RABIES EXPOSURE.  Animal exposed by another animal suspected of or known to have rabies.
(Ord. passed 9-20-95; Amended 3-3-97)