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(a) It shall be unlawful to transport a dog in a motor vehicle upon any street within the City unless the dog is fully enclosed within the motor vehicle so as to prevent the dog from falling, jumping or being thrown from the motor vehicle. A dog cannot be transported in the back of a pick-up truck unless safely secured.
(b) No person shall, while operating a motor vehicle, knowingly injure a domestic animal or a deer and not report the injured animal to the Police Department or animal control officer.
(c) No dog or other domestic animal shall be left completely enclosed in a parked vehicle without adequate ventilation, or in such a way as to subject the animal to extreme temperatures which may adversely affect the animal's health and welfare. It shall be prima facie evidence of an extreme temperature if the outdoor temperature is at least 75 degrees Fahrenheit at the time of the offense.
(d) If reasonable attempts to locate the vehicle owner fail, any law enforcement officer or animal control officer may take action necessary to rescue the confined animal if conditions are hazardous to the health of the animal. The owner, keeper, or person in charge of the animal will be liable for all reasonable and necessary impoundment, boarding and medical fees. No officer or agent taking action under this section shall be liable for damages necessary to rescue the confined animal.
(e) Whoever violates division (a) or (b) of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree. If the offender has been previously convicted of violating that division or a concomitant law, any subsequent violation is a misdemeanor of the third degree.
(f) Whoever violates division (c) of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree.
(Ord. 2019-3. Passed 2-11-19.)