The following words and phrases, when used in this title, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section except in those cases where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
ANIMAL: Any horse, mule, donkey, pony, cow, sheep, goat, hog, dog, cat, rabbit, chicken, goose, duck, turkey, or other animal.
ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER: See definition of Health Officer.
AT LARGE: Neither enclosed within a building, fence or other enclosure of sufficient strength and construction to restrain and keep the animal within the building, fence, automobile or other enclosure, nor securely restrained and controlled by a person by a leash or harness with handhold of sufficient strength to control the animal.
HEALTH OFFICER: The director of the county health department or his authorized agent and shall also include the town animal control officer.
MINIATURE PIG: A pig which, at maturity, is less than twenty two inches (22") high at the shoulder, less than thirty two inches (32") long, weighing less than one hundred twenty five (125) pounds, and which is registered with the North American Pot- Bellied Pig Association.
OWNER: Any person, firm or corporation owning, harboring or keeping an animal. The occupant of any premises on which a domesticated or tamed animal remains, or to which it customarily returns, for a period of ten (10) days or more, shall be deemed to be harboring or keeping the animal.
PERMIT: Includes, but is not limited to, the failure to take adequate precautions to prevent an animal from being at large.
VICIOUS ANIMAL: An animal which has bitten, or attempted to bite, any person without undue provocation, or which attacks or barks or growls at and acts as if it intends to attack or bite, or bites a person or persons, when not unduly provoked.
WILD, EXOTIC OR DANGEROUS ANIMAL: An animal of the larger variety which is usually not a domestic animal and which can normally be found in the wild state, with or without mean or vicious propensities, including, but not limited to, lions, tigers, leopards, panthers, bears, wolves, alligators, crocodiles, apes, foxes, elephants, rhinoceroses, and all forms of poisonous or large snakes, including those considered dangerous such as boas and pythons, lynxes, raccoons, skunks, monkeys, and other like animals. (1995 Code title 4 §§ 1.1.1,, 1.5.1; amd. 2006 Code)