618.28  DEFINITIONS.
   For the purposes of Chapter 618, the words and phrases defined in the section hereunder shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them, unless a different meaning is clearly indicated by the context.
   (a)   "Animal" means any nonhuman animate being that is endowed with the power of voluntary motion.
   (b)   "At large" means off the premises of the owner, keeper or harborer and not under the control of the owner, keeper or harborer or a member of his/her immediate family, either by leash, chain or otherwise.
   (c)   "Competent adult" means an individual over eighteen years of age with the physical and mental ability to control the animal that he/she owns, keeps or harbors.
   (d)   "Domestic animal" means any animal which is kept inside of a residential dwelling and any dog or cat regardless of where it is kept. Domestic animal shall not mean any livestock or any wild animal.
   (e)   "Harbor" means to control, to possess or to oversee.
   (f)   "Harborer" shall mean any person who allows any animal habitually to remain or be lodged or fed upon a premises which he or she occupies or owns, shall be considered to be harboring such animal.
   (g)   "Keeper" shall mean any person who allows any animal habitually to remain or be lodged or fed upon a premises which he or she occupies or owns, shall be considered to be keeping such animal.
   (h)   "Leash" shall mean a rope, leather strap, chain or other type of tether of sufficient strength to bind an animal to the owner, keeper or harborer of said animal.
   (i)   "Owner" shall mean the person who is the registered owner of an animal or the person who claims ownership of an animal.
   (j)   "Premises" shall mean the structure and the real property immediately surrounding the structure titled to the animal's owner, keeper or harborer or his/her landlord and/or controlled by the owner, keeper or harborer of an animal. In the event the owner, keeper or harborer leases his/her property, premises shall be defined as the portion of the property that the owner, keeper or harborer is lawfully entitled to occupy.
   (k)   "Running at large" means off the premises of the owner, keeper or harborer and not under the control of the owner, keeper or harborer or a member of his/her immediate family, either by leash, chain or otherwise.
(Ord. 07-30.  Passed 7-16-07.)