505.17 KEEPING WILD OR EXOTIC ANIMALS.
   (a)   As used in this section:
      (1)    “Animal” means any live, vertebrate creature, domestic or wild.
      (2)   “Domesticated” means any animal which is accepted by the general public as tameable and bred as a tamed animal for the purposes of man.  These include, but are not limited to, dogs, house cats, gerbils, and guinea pigs.
      (3)   “Wild Animal” means any non-domesticated animal, including hybrid, which generally lives in its original natural state, and is not normally domesticated, and/or falls under the jurisdiction of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
      (4)   “Exotic Animal” means any animal, including hybrid, which is foreign and generally not native by birth to the local community.
   (b)   No person shall harbor any wild or exotic animal or animal that is endangered within the municipality.
   (c)   Exceptions to subsection (b) herein are:
      (1)    Veterinarians for the purpose of medical treatment and educational facilities.
      (2)   The keeping of such animals as part of a circus, menagerie, carnival, side show, musical or minstrel entertainment, exhibition of monsters or freaks of nature, zoo or similar function if  approved by the City Manager under Fairborn Codified Ordinance Section 711.01.
   (d)   Permission to temporarily keep and care for a native Ohio wild or exotic animal that is under the care of a licensed veterinarian shall be obtained from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
   (e)   Animals which may be owned or harbored within the municipality are:  pure domestic cats, pure domestic dogs (not hybrid), domestic rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, mice, hamsters, gerbils, parrot-like birds, non-poisonous fish, non-poisonous reptiles, and non-poisonous snakes under five feet in length, and horses owned prior to the effective date of this ordinance.
   (f)   Whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree.  Each day such violation occurs or continues shall constitute a separate offense.
(Ord. 28-06.  Passed 8-21-06.)