(a)   No person shall keep, place or have on or in any private house, place of business, lot or premises within the City, any dead carcass, putrid or offensive or unsound beef, pork, fish, hides, skins, bones, horns, stinking or rotten soap grease, tallow, offal, garbage or other animal or vegetable matter or substance which may cause any unwholesome, obnoxious or offensive smell.
   (b)   No person shall collect or confine any horse, cattle, sheep, hog, fowl or other domestic or undomesticated animal, bird or fowl in pens, cages, stables, coops or otherwise so as to create an unwholesome, unsightly, malodorous, obnoxious or offensive condition except as otherwise allowed by Chapter 9, Article III.
   (c)   An unwholesome, offensive or obnoxious smell or condition is one that is of such intensity and duration as to be injurious to human, plant or animal life, to health, or to property or to unreasonably interfere with the enjoyment of life and property.
   (d)   Any person who keeps animals or vegetable matter in such a manner as to violate the terms of this article, shall be deemed to commit the offense of creating a public nuisance by the action and the designated City officials are hereby authorized to enter into and upon the real estate to abate the nuisance, where the owner has been given notice and time to abate and has failed to do so. The cost of abating the nuisance shall be billed to the property owner(s). In the event of failure of the owner or owners to pay the costs, the same may be added to the next ad valorem tax roll delivered to the City Treasurer for collection and collected in manner of ad valorem property taxes.
   (e)   Violation of subsection (a) or (b) above shall be a civil infraction punishable by a fine of not less than $300.00.
   (f)   The first time any person keeps vegetable matter in such a manner as to violate subsection (d) above, the violation shall be a civil infraction punishable by a fine of not less than $300.00; provided however, that the fine will be waived if the person presents proof that since being cited for the offense they have completed a course instructing them on the proper keeping of compost material.
(Ord. 297, passed 5-8-1939; Ord. 3346, passed 6-9-1997; Ord. 3770, passed 6-14-2010)