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For the purposes of this chapter, the terms herein are defined as follows:
ANIMAL: Any animal, other than man, which may be affected by rabies.
APPROVED POUND: Any facility for the purpose of impounding or harboring seized, stray, homeless, abandoned or unwanted animals or any veterinary hospital or clinic authorized by the village.
AT LARGE: Being off the premises of the owner and not under control by leash or other physical restraints.
BITE: To be seized with teeth or jaws so that the person or companion animal has been nipped, gripped, wounded or pierced and saliva of the biting animal has contacted the resulting break or abrasion of the skin.
CAT: Any member of the domestic Felis catus species.
COMPANION ANIMAL: An animal that is commonly considered to be, or is considered by the owner to be, a pet, including, but not limited to, canines, felines, ferrets, and equines.
DANGEROUS ANIMAL: Any lion, tiger, leopard, ocelot, jaguar, cheetah, margay, mountain lion, lynx, bobcat, jaguarundi, bear, hyena, wolf or coyote, or any poisonous or life threatening reptile or any other mammal (with the exception of dogs), amphibian, reptile or fowl which is of a species which, due to size, vicious nature or other characteristics would constitute a danger to human life, physical well being or property.
DANGEROUS DOG: A dog that:
A. Is anywhere other than upon the property of the owner or custodian of the dog and unmuzzled, unleashed, or unattended by its owner or custodian that behaves in a manner that a reasonable person would believe poses a serious and unjustified imminent threat of serious physical injury or death to a person or a companion animal;
B. Without justification, bites a person and does not cause serious physical injury; or
C. Has been deemed to be a dangerous dog under the animal control act by the appropriate state or county official designated under said act.
DOG: Any member of the domestic canine species.
ENCLOSURE: A fence or structure of at least six feet (6') in height, forming or causing an enclosure suitable to prevent the entry of young children, and suitable to confine a vicious dog in conjunction with other measures which may be taken by the owner or keeper, such as tethering of a vicious dog. Such enclosure shall be securely enclosed and locked and designed with secure sides, top and bottom and shall be designed to prevent the animal from escaping from the enclosure.
IMPOUNDED: Taken into the custody of a public pound.
LEASH: A cord, rope, strap or chain which shall be securely fastened to the collar or harness of a dog or other animal and shall be of sufficient strength to keep such animal under control.
OWNER: Any person having a right of property in an animal or who keeps or harbors an animal or who has in his care or acts as its custodian or who knowingly permits a domestic animal to remain on or about any premises occupied by him/her.
PERSON: Any individual, firm, association, partnership, corporation, or other legal entity.
RUNNING AT LARGE: An animal that is not restrained by a competent person and is present somewhere other than the owner's property.
SERVICE DOG: Any guide dog, signal dog, or other dog trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including, without limitation, guiding individuals with impaired vision, alerting individuals with impaired hearing to sounds, and pulling a wheelchair or fetching dropped items for individuals with mobility impairments.
VICIOUS DOG: A dog that:
A. Without justification attacks a person and causes serious physical injury, or death;
B. Has been found to be a dangerous dog upon three (3) separate occasions; or
C. A dog which has been declared or deemed a vicious dog under the Illinois animal control act by a court of competent jurisdiction. (Ord. G-1014, 11-26-2013)