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(A) Dogs. It is declared to be a public nuisance affecting the health, safety, and welfare of the residents of the city for an owner, or any other person in charge of, or responsible for, the care and control of any dog within the limits of the city, to permit that dog to leave the property of the owner, or the property of the person in charge of, or responsible for its care and control, without proper restraint by leash, cord, chain, enclosed vehicle, or any other means appropriate to the size and character of the dog.
(B) Farm animals.
(1) Generally. It is declared to be a nuisance affecting the health, safety, and welfare of the residents of the city for any person to keep farm animals, including, but not limited to, pigs, hogs, swine, horses, cows, sheep, goats, or fowl, except on property authorized for farm use, and then only if the animals are properly fenced, confined, or otherwise restrained within the boundaries of the owner’s property, or the property of the person in charge of or responsible for the animals.
(2) Exception; regulating and allowing chickens within the city.
(a) Restricted to chickens only, no other fowl;
(b) No roosters;
(c) Ten total wing clipped hens;
(d) Chickens will be confined to the owner(s) property;
(e) Chickens are not allowed on the city rights-of-way;
(f) Any person(s) in charge of a real property that keeps chickens is responsible for keeping chickens on the property;
(g) No chicken coop or nesting box will be outside the city zoning and land development setbacks;
(h) Pens smaller than 15 feet by 15 feet will not be within ten feet of a property line;
(i) If the entire yard is open to ranging chicken, chickens may range within the setback;
(j) Material from nesting box or coop cleaning, will immediately be tilled into the ground or placed in a sealed container and disposed of;
(k) Chicken feed; only enough for daily use will be left out. All other feed will be stored in a sealable metal container;
(l) If there are three confirmed incidents of chickens at large, for any one real property, for any reason, the person(s) in charge of said real property will forfeit the right to keep chickens for five years; and
(m) All chicken broods will be registered with the city.
(C) Impoundment. Any animal found in violation of divisions (A) and (B) above may be taken into custody by the County Animal Control and taken to the County Animal Shelter.
(D) Bees. No more than two non-Africanized bee colonies may be kept or maintained on properties within the city limits.
(E) Removal of carcasses. No person shall permit an animal carcass owned or controlled by that person to remain upon public property or to be exposed on private property, for a period of time longer than is reasonably necessary to remove or dispose of carcass.
(Ord. 01-2004, passed 9-8-2003; Ord. 02-2008, passed 4-14-2008; Ord. 01-2014, passed 3-10-2014; Ord. 01-2017, passed 11-13-2017) Penalty, see § 90.99