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(A) The actions of a dog or cat constitute a nuisance when a dog or cat disturbs the rights of, threatens the safety of or damages the property of or injures the person or a member of the general public or interferes with the ordinary use and enjoyment of his or her property.
(B) It shall be a civil offense for any person to own, keep, possess or maintain a dog or cat in such a manner as to constitute a public nuisance. By way of example and not a limitation, the following acts or actions by an owner or possessor of an animal are hereby declared to be a public nuisance and, therefore, unlawful:
(1) Failure to exercise sufficient restraint necessary to control a dog or cat;
(2) Allowing or permitting a dog or cat to damage the property of any one other than its owner, including, but not limited to, turning over garbage containers or damaging gardens, shrubs, lawns, flowers or vegetables;
(3) Maintain a vicious dog or cat (see § 90.28 of this chapter);
(4) Maintaining dogs or cats in a unsanitary environment which results in offensive odors or is dangerous to the animal or the public health, welfare or safety;
(5) Maintaining property in a manner that is offensive, annoying or dangerous to the public health, safety or welfare because of the number, type, variety, density or location of the dogs or cats on the property;
(6) Maintaining a dog or cat that is diseased or dangerous to the public health;
(7) Maintaining a dog or cat that habitually or repeatedly chases, snaps at, attacks or barks at pedestrians, bicycles or vehicles; and/or
(8) Failure to confine a female dog while in heat for 24 days in a building or secure enclosure in such a manner that she will not be in contact with another dog, or create a nuisance by attracting other dogs. This division (B)(8) shall not be construed to prohibit the intentional breeding of dogs within an enclosed area on the premises of the owner of the dog which is being bred.
(1994 Code, § 10-206) (Ord. 409, passed 2-24-1986; Ord. 494, passed 9-2-1993) Penalty, see § 90.99