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For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
ANIMAL. Any live, vertebrate creature, domestic or wild.
ANIMAL SHELTER. Any facility operated by a humane society, municipal agency or any private enterprise, or its authorized agents for the purpose of impounding or caring for animals held under the authority of this chapter or state law.
AUCTIONS. Any place or facility where animals are regularly bought, sold or traded, except for those facilities otherwise defined in this chapter. This section does not apply to individual sales of animals by owners.
CIRCUS. A commercial variety show featuring animal acts for public entertainment.
COMMERCIAL ANIMAL ESTABLISHMENT. Any pet shop, grooming shop, auction, riding school or stable, zoological park, circus, performing animal exhibition or kennel.
(Ord. 4109, passed 7-14-1975; Am. Ord. 4201, passed 4-26-1976)
DANGEROUS ANIMAL. An animal meeting any one of the following criteria:
(1) Any animal which bites, inflicts injury on, kills or otherwise attacks a human being or domestic animal without provocation on any public or private property;
(2) Any animal which on more than 1 occasion, without provocation, chases or approaches any person in an apparent attitude of attack on any public property or in any place outside or over the boundaries of its owner’s property;
(3) Any animal owned or harbored primarily or in part for the purpose of dog or other animal fighting or any animal trained for dog or other animal fighting; or
(4) Any dog that is used by a commercial venture to guard public or private property, except those owned by a governmental or law enforcement unit.
DOMESTIC BIRD and FOWL. Any pigeon, duck, goose, chicken, turkey, guinea hen or any other species of fowl or bird.
FOWL. See DOMESTIC BIRD.
GROOMING SHOP. A commercial establishment where animals are bathed, clipped, plucked or otherwise groomed.
HUMANE OFFICER. Any person designated by the municipal government as a law enforcement officer who is qualified to perform the duties under the law.
KENNEL. Any lot, premises or establishment wherein any person engages in the business of boarding, breeding, buying, letting for hire, training for a fee or selling dogs and cats or where 3 or more dogs, cats or other household domestic animals at least 3 months of age are kept.
LICENSING AUTHORITY. The Board of Public Works and Safety of the city.
OWNER. Any person owning, keeping, or harboring 1 or more animals. An animal shall be deemed to be harbored if it is fed or sheltered for 3 consecutive days or more.
PERFORMING ANIMAL EXHIBITION. Any spectacle, display, act or event other than circuses, in which performing animals are used.
PET. Any animal kept for pleasure rather than utility.
PET SHOP. Any person, partnership or corporation, whether operated separately or in connection with another business enterprise except for a licensed kennel, that buys, sells or boards any species of animal.
PROVOCATION. The threat, injury or damage caused by the animal was sustained by a person who at the time was committing a willful trespass or other tort upon the premises occupied by the owner of the animal, or was tormenting, abusing or assaulting the animal, or was committing or attempting to commit a crime.
PUBLIC NUISANCE. Any animal which does any of the following.
(1) Molests passers-by or passing vehicles;
(2) Attacks other animals;
(3) Trespasses on school grounds or private property;
(4) Is repeatedly at large and not under restraint;
(5) Damages private or public property; and
(6) Barks, whines or howls in an excessive, continuous or untimely fashion which by causing frequent or long continued noise shall disturb the comfort or repose of any persons in the vicinity.
RESTRAINT. Any animal secured by a leash or lead, or under the control of a responsible person and obedient to that person’s commands, or within the real property limits of its owner.
RIDING SCHOOLS OR STABLES. Any place which has available for hire, boarding or riding instruction, any horse, pony, donkey, mule or burro.
SEVERE INJURY. Any physical injury that results in broken bones or lacerations requiring sutures or cosmetic surgery.
STABLES. See RIDING SCHOOLS.
VETERINARY HOSPITAL. Any establishment maintained and operated by a licensed veterinarian for surgery, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injuries of animals.
VICIOUS ANIMAL. Any animal or animals which constitute a physical threat to human beings or other animals.
WILD ANIMAL. Any live monkey (nonhuman primate), raccoon, skunk, fox, poisonous snake, leopard, panther, tiger, lion, lynx or any other warm-blooded mammal which can normally be found in the wild state.
ZOOLOGICAL PARK. Any facility, other than a pet shop or kennel, displaying or exhibiting 1 or more species of nondomesticated animals operated by a person, partnership, corporation or government agency.
(Prior Code, § 91.01) (Ord. 4109, passed 7-14-1975; Am. Ord. 4201, passed 4-26-1976; Am. Ord. 5039, passed 6-9-1986; Am. Ord. 7848, passed 2-26-1996)