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A. It shall be the duty of any owner or keeper of any dog or hoofed animal to restrain the dog or hoofed animal by means of confinement, collar and leash, or bridle from running at large upon any park or other public place in the City, and to prevent the dog or hoofed animal from becoming a danger to persons or property, or from trespassing upon the property of another. The animal is hereby declared a nuisance and may be taken up and impounded or confined, as provided in article 10 of this chapter.
1. It shall be unlawful for an owner or keeper to allow any dog, cat or hoofed animal to trespass on another's property or to run at large.
2. It shall be unlawful for an owner or keeper to allow any dog, cat or hoofed animal, while trespassing, running at large or physically restrained, to attack or fight with another domestic animal.
B. It shall be unlawful for any person to fail or refuse to comply with the duties set out in this section. In imposing sentence, the court may consider other relevant factors which in its determination provide the court with sufficient mitigation of the animal's action.
C. This section shall not apply to any dog, horse or other animal used or owned by the Police Department in the performance of its duties.
D. This section shall not apply to any feral cat that is being introduced or returned to a feral cat colony managed by a nonprofit animal welfare organization, or any feral cat that is the subject of a trap-neuter-release program operated by a nonprofit animal welfare organization.
E. The Mayor may ban or otherwise restrict the presence of cats, dogs and other animals at any special event, celebration, gathering, rally or similar event which occurs upon the property or rights-of-way of the City. This authority shall not apply to licensed assistance dogs for the sight impaired, hearing impaired or other disability. (1968 Code §11-115; Ord. 74-114; 1980 Code; Ord. 87-198; Ord. 89-13; Ord. 91-32; Ord. 96-131; Ord. 01-42; Ord. 08-209; Ord. 11-19; Ord. 18-22)