§ 90.01  DEFINITIONS.
   For the purpose of this subchapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
   ANIMAL OFFICER.  Any person employed or elected by the people of the state, or by any municipality, county, or township, whose duty it is to preserve peace or to make arrests or to enforce the law, and includes conservation officers and members of the state police and the county Animal Control Officers.
   DANGEROUS ANIMAL.  A dog or other animal that bites or attacks a person, or a dog or animal that bites or attacks and causes injury or death to another animal while the other animal is on the property or under the control of its owner. However, a dangerous animal does not include any of the following:
      (1)   An animal that bites or attacks a person who is knowingly trespassing on the property of the animal's owner;
      (2)   An animal that bites or attacks a person who provokes or torments the animal;
      (3)   An animal that is responding in a manner that an ordinary and reasonable person would conclude was designed to protect a person, if that person is engaged in a lawful activity or is the subject of an assault; or
      (4)   Livestock.
   IMPOUNDED.  Taken into the custody of the public pound of the county.
   LIVESTOCK.  Animals used for human food and fiber or animals used for service to human beings. LIVESTOCK includes, but is not limited to, cattle, swine, sheep, llamas, goats, bison, equine, poultry, and rabbits. LIVESTOCK does not include animals that are human companions, such as dogs or cats.
   OWNER.  A person who owns or harbors a dog or other animal.
   PERSON.  A natural person or any legal entity, including, but not limited to, a corporation, firm, partnership, trust, or limited liability company.
   PROVOKE.  To perform a willful act or omission that an ordinary and reasonable person would conclude is likely to precipitate the bite or attack by an ordinary dog or animal.
   SERIOUS INJURY.  Permanent, serious disfigurement, serious impairment of health, or serious impairment of a bodily function of a person.
   TORMENT.  Act or omission that causes unjustifiable pain, suffering, and distress to an animal, or causes mental and emotional anguish in the animal, as evidenced by its altered behavior, for a purpose such as sadistic pleasure, coercion, or punishment that an ordinary and reasonable person would conclude is likely to precipitate the bite or attack.
(Ord. 95-1, passed 9-11-1995)