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(A) As used in this subchapter DANGEROUS ANIMAL means an animal of the canine or feline family:
(1) Which the owner knows or reasonably should know has a propensity, tendency, or disposition to attack unprovoked, cause injury, or otherwise endanger the safety of human beings or domestic animals;
(a) Makes an unprovoked attack that causes bodily injury to a human being and the attack occurs in a place other than the place where the animal is confined as required by S.C. Code § 47-3-720; or
(b) Commits unprovoked acts in a place other than the place where the animal is confined as required by S.C. Code § 47-3-720 and those acts cause a person to reasonably believe that the animal will attack and cause bodily injury to a human being;
(3) Which is owned or harbored primarily or in part for the purpose of fighting or which is trained for fighting.
(B) DANGEROUS ANIMAL does not include:
(1) An animal used exclusively for agricultural purposes; or
(2) An animal which attacks a person who is trespassing or who appears to be trespassing. A trespasser is a person who is not lawfully upon the premises of the owner, as set forth in S.C. Code § 47-3-770(A).
(C) An animal is not a DANGEROUS ANIMAL solely by virtue of its breed or species.
(D) As used in this subchapter OWNER means a person who owns or has custody or control of the animal.
(E) As used in this subchapter, INJURY or BODILY INJURY means:
(1) Broken bones,
(3) Punctures of the skin, or
(4) Any physical injury resulting in death.
(Ord. 10-32-05, passed 10-5-2005)