(A)   No person shall shelter, maintain, keep, harbor, have charge of, maintain or have control of, within the city a live, exotic, wild or potentially dangerous animal.  Such exotic, wild or potentially dangerous animals include, but are not limited to, the following:
      (1)   Any animal listed under the Endangered Species Act as threatened or endangered or listed on the state's endangered wildlife list.
      (2)   Any animal, the keeping of which is prohibited by state or federal law.
      (3)   Primates (apes, gibbons, gorillas, orangutans, simangs, baboons, monkeys and lemurs).
      (4)   Bears.
      (5)   Non-domestic felines of the family Felidae (lions, tigers, jaguars, leopards, cougars, ocelots, cheetahs, and lynxs) or domestic-wild cat hybrids.
      (6)   Non-domestic canids, coyotes, foxes or wolves.
      (7)   Alligators, crocodiles, caimans, and related crocodilians.
      (8)   Beavers, groundhogs, porcupines, skunks, badgers, martens, minks, weasels, otters, wolverines and fishers.
      (9)   Raccoons.
      (10)   Any large herbivore considered non-domestic or non-indigenous to Ohio.
      (11)   Deer, antelope, elk, moose, bison.
      (12)   Hyenas.
      (13)   Large or venomous reptiles, komodo dragons, monitor lizards, gila monsters.
      (14)   Snakes:
         (a)   Any in the family Boidae (all species of boas, pythons, and anacondas);
         (b)   Venomous snakes; and
         (c)   Snakes that are more than eight feet long regardless of species.
      (15)   Scorpions, insects and spiders with venom sufficiently potent to cause serious physical harm to a person.
   (B)   This section shall not apply to the following:
      (1)   Prohibited animals which are caged and/or confined during actual transport by vehicle in or through the city;
      (2)   Prohibited animals which are located on the premises of a public or non-public school located within the city which is chartered by the Ohio Department of Education and provided such animals are used in the instruction of students and are appropriately caged and/or confined for safekeeping; and
      (3)   Prohibited animals which are a part of a performance or exhibition under the direction, control, and/or sponsorship of the Department of Parks and Recreation or a contractor to the Department of Parks and Recreation.
   (C)   Any person who violates any provision of this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor on the first conviction.  If within one year of the offense a person is convicted of or pleads guilty to a subsequent violation of this section, the person who violates this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.
(Ord. 14-2009, passed 12-2-09)