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(a) No person shall:
(1) Harbor, feed, or sell live wild animals native to the State, including, but not limited to foxes, skunks, raccoons, opossums, and weasels;
(2) Import into the City any such wild animal;
(3) Import, sell, harbor or feed in the City any other type of wild or exotic animal;
(4) Perform surgery or other techniques on a wild animal for the purpose of domesticating it (such as, but not limited to, neutering, spaying or removing scent glands); or
(5) Immunize wild animals against rabies.
(b) This section does not apply to the following exemptions and special provisions:
(1) Pocket pets;
(2) Wild animals purchased or adopted prior to the adoption of this regulation, provided that:
A. A bill of sale and/or a license issued by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife, can be provided which verifies the date of such purchase or adoption.
B. Such wild animal is confined in a house, building or other enclosure in such a way that human contact, other than with the owner, cannot occur.
(3) Wild animals held for exhibit or use by research institutions and other governmental agencies having legal authority to possess wild animals, publicly supported zoos, circuses or extensions thereof.
(c) In the event of human exposure to a wild or feral animal, the animal shall be impounded for sacrifice as soon as possible, to permit laboratory examination for rabies.
(Ord. 98-003, passed 7-14-1998)