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(A) An animal or group of animals shall be considered a nuisance if:
(1) Private or public property is damaged.
(2) Animal(s) interfere with, or attack person(s) or other animals.
(3) Animal(s) chase, snap at or harass pedestrians, bicyclists, or vehicles.
(4) By virtue of number is offensive or dangerous to public health, safety, and welfare.
(5) Animal(s) are diseased or dangerous to public health.
(B) It shall be unlawful for an owner or keeper to permit an animal or animals to create a nuisance, or to maintain a nuisance created by any animal or animals, as defined in division (A)(1) through (5) above of this section.
(Ord. passed 9-20-95) Penalty, see § 90.99
(C) Upon receipt of a written, detailed, and signed complaint to the county by any resident(s) that any person is maintaining a public nuisance as defined in this chapter, the county shall notify the owner or keeper of the offending animal that a complaint has been received and that an investigation has been initiated. A report of the findings of the investigation to be reduced to writing by the investigating animal control officer.
(D) If the written findings indicate a violation, the department supervisor of the Sheriff shall cause the owner or keeper of the animal or animals in question to be so notified in writing, and ordered to abate such nuisance within 48 hours by whatever means necessary.
(E) If any person receiving notice in the manner hereinabove described shall fail or refuse to abate the nuisance upon the issuance of such order within the specified time, the department supervisor or Sheriff may cause the animal or animals in question to be apprehended and impounded in accordance with the provisions of § 90.05.
(F) Within the 48 hour period mentioned in subsection (D) above, the owner of the nuisance animal may appeal the findings of the department supervisor or Sheriff to the County Manager by giving written notice of appeal to stay the abatement of the nuisance until a final determination by the Board of Commissioners.
(Amend. Ord. passed 6-15-98; Amend. Ord. passed 11-3-03) Penalty, see § 90.99