§ 90.16  CRUELTY TO ANIMALS.
   (A)   A person shall be guilty of cruelty to any animal:
      (1)   By overloading, overdriving, overworking, beating, torturing, tormenting, mutilating, or killing any animal, or causing or knowingly allowing the same to be done.
      (2)   By working any old, maimed, infirm, sick, or disabled animal, or causing or knowingly allowing the same to be done.
      (3)   By failing to provide any animal in his charge or custody with sufficient wholesome and nutritious food and potable water, shelter from weather, or veterinary care to prevent diseases, maladies or other health problems.
      (4)   By abandoning any animal under the following circumstances:
         (a)   When it is old, maimed, infirm, sick or disabled; or
         (b)   On any highway, public way or in any other place where it may suffer injury, hunger or exposure; or
         (c)   In any place, including with a veterinarian, where such animal will become a public charge or come into the custody or control of the Animal Control Officer or other pound or shelter.
      (5)   By inducing or otherwise allowing a fight between any animal in his charge or custody and any other animal or a human.
      (6)   By failing to provide a safe and sanitary living environment.
   (B)   It shall not be considered cruelty for any person to use reasonable force to drive away any dangerous, vicious, or trespassing animal.
(Ord. 5185, passed 6-2-64; Am. Ord. 7948, passed 3-3-98; Am. Ord. 8015, passed 3-2-99; Am. Ord. 8314, passed 6-3-03; Am. Ord. 8330, passed 12-2-03; Am. Ord. 8633, passed 2-3-09)