As used in this chapter, the following words and phrases shall have the following meanings unless the context otherwise indicates:
CAT: Member of the family felis catus.
CITY CLERK: The city clerk or his or her designee.
DOG: Member of the family canis familiaris.
KENNEL: Any place where dogs or cats are born, bred, raised, boarded, fed, or sold for any valuable consideration, but shall not include a household which sells only the offspring of a female dog or female cat maintained solely as a family pet.
MUZZLE: A device which is constructed of strong, soft material or metal such as that used commercially with greyhounds which prevents a dog from biting any person or animal. Said muzzle shall be made and attached in a manner which will not cause injury to the dog or interfere with its vision or respiration.
OWNER: Any person owning, keeping, harboring, or having the full or temporary care of a dog or cat at the time any violation of this chapter is committed.
PERMIT: To allow, acquiesce in, or fail to take reasonable steps to prevent.
PERSON: Any person regardless of age and specifically including minors under the age of eighteen (18) years.
PROVOCATION: Such conduct towards an animal as could reasonably be expected to cause such animal to take some retaliatory or self-protective action. Provocation shall include a person's unlicensed, uninvited, or illegal presence upon or within private property inhabited by or belonging to the animal’s "owner", as defined herein, or private property inhabited by or belonging to members of such owner's household.
RABIES: That communicable disease of wild and domestic animals transmittable to human beings and defined as follows in Borland's medical dictionary: "Specific infectious disease of certain animals, especially dogs and wolves, contracted by man by direct inoculation as by bite by an infected animal and due to a filterable virus".
RUNNING AT LARGE: A dog that is off the premises of the owner, as "owner" is defined herein, and is not under the actual physical control of such owner by adequate leash, cord, or chain.
TRANSIENT: Any dog or cat whose entire period of residency within the city is and will be less than forty five (45) days. (Ord. 21, Series of 1977; amd. Ord. 18, Series of 1982; Ord. 12, Series of 2020)